The Vast XTR gold probe from Carl Zeiss is designed for flexible and highly accurate measurements, and is said to increase productivity and flexibility for operators. An integrated rotary axis turns the stylus system in the direction of the feature being measured and adjusts to complex workpieces. The probe is designed for styli as long as 350 mm and as heavy as 500 g.
The probe combines features of a flexible stepping articulating probe holder and a fixed scanning probe. According to the company, the integrated swivel joint enables the system stylus to turn as far as possible in 15-degree increments and always be positioned at the right angle to the part. This value can also be configured for any angle through the use of stylus systems.
The probe supports Vast navigator, an expert system that optimizes the measuring speed for the desired accuracy, and Vast performance, a function that enables styli to scan interrupted contours without sacrificing speed or precision.
The probe is suitable for parts with many features and angular positions such as those on gear housings for helicopters and locomotives. It can also be used for rotationally symmetrical workpieces such as ventilation gears and turbines used for wind power. The probe is currently available for the Accura II, GageMax, Prismo and MMZ T II systems.