Mitutoyo MiScan Measures Micro-Forms
IMTS Spark: Mitutoyo America’s MiScan offers vision and coordinate measuring capabilities, including a micro-form scanning probe, the MPP-Nano.
Mitutoyo America’s MiScan offers vision and coordinate measuring capabilities, including a micro-form scanning probe, the MPP-Nano. This probe can employ styli as small as 125 microns in diameter, and the system includes an observation camera to ease setup. The system uses the SP25M scanning probe for larger features.
For vision, the system uses the same image head as the company’s Quick Vision system. It also incorporates the Quick Vision Apex lighting system, which provides multiple lighting functions as well as evaluation software.
Applications include miniature optical tubes for micro-camera arrays, as well as contoured, high-degree aspheric lenses in vehicle-mounted cameras. The company says efficient scanning of microscopic gear teeth is possible with GearPak, the company’s software for evaluating tooth profile and trace error. with diameters as small as 125 um can be employed for microscopic details on precision punches and dies. Additionally, the vision system and MPP-Nano can scan inner diameters of nozzles and draw dies — previously possible only with destructive techniques — with maximum aspect ration of 17:1.
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