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The Vast XTR gold probe from Carl Zeiss is designed for flexible and accurate measurements and is said to increase productivity. The integrated rotary axis enables the probe to turn the stylus system in the direction of the feature being measured and adjust to complex workpieces, enabling it to reach virtually any position.
The probe features an integrated swivel joint, which enables the stylus system to turn as far as possible in 15-degree increments and always be positioned at a right angle to the part. For special applications, the value can be configured for any angle through the use of stylus systems. The probe is designed for styli as long as 350 mm and as heavy as 500 g. The probe is said to save time by eliminating stylus changeouts and modifications, and the full utilization of the measuring range increases efficiency and improves accuracy. The Vast navigator system optimizes the measuring speed for the desired accuracy, and the Vast performance function enables styli to scan interrupted contours without sacrificing speed or precision.
The system’s standard, fixed stylus makes it well-suited for parts with many features and angular positions, such as those on gear housings for helicopters and locomotives, the company says. The probe can also be used for rotationally symmetrical workpieces, such as ventilation gears and turbines. Vast XTR gold is available for the following Zeiss systems: Accura II, GageMax, Prismo and MMZ T II.