What are vision measuring systems?

How do they work?

Vision measuring systems can measure both 2D and 3D (with an optional touch probe) part features quickly and easily.

These systems work using a video camera, operating through zoom or telecentric lens, to detect the edge on a part (the difference between light and dark areas). In doing so with the aid of software can then compute a complete feature such as a point, a line, an arc, or a circle, or a sphere or cone in 3D.

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Why do we need vision measuring systems?

Vision measuring systems are an ideal measurement solution to measure small, flat, and flexible parts – either singularly or in batches using the CNC functionality of these systems.

Parts such as gaskets, plastic mouldings, and PCB components are typical of the types of parts most manufacturers are using vision measurement systems.

What types of parts can we measure on vision measuring systems?

Vision measuring systems are ideal for measuring machined components, printed circuit boards, gaskets and rings, plastic mouldings and pressed metal components.

Most components are measured in 2D but in some cases, 3D measurements can be made with functions such as auto-focus with the system’s camera or with a touch-trigger probing system. When fitted with a touch probe the vision system becomes a fully-fledged 3D measurement machine.

What are our brands of vision measuring systems?

Met Optix proudly offers the complete range of Starrett vision measuring systems and is Starrett’s sales and support Partner for Australia and New Zealand for this range of products.

Met Optix is also a certified service Partner for Starrett with factory-trained staff available for all service and support work, including equipment calibration.

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Why choose Starrett vision measuring systems?

Starrett’s range of vision measuring systems are made in the Starrett Kinemetric Engineering factory in southern California and brings together Starrett’s knowledge and expertise in the manufacture of metrology equipment coupled with the vision systems experience of the Kinemtric Engineering team which was acquired by Starrett in 2007.

With this experience and continuous on-going technological develops Starrett vision measuring systems are an ideal choice for any QA lab or quality assurance department in a manufacturing environment.

Starrett vision measuring systems range

Choose from either manual or CNC as well as multi-sensor systems

Manual: MV and MVR ranges

CNC: AV and AVR ranges

CNC Multi-Sensor: AV and new AVX ranges

Digital comparators: HDV and HVR ranges

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Starrett digital comparator range

As well as vision measuring systems Starrett also produce a range of cross-over systems that are digital comparators providing the accuracy and repeatability to comparator system bringing them into the digital age.

These systems are essentially horizontal comparators fitted with a video camera and telecentric lens system that detects edges on the parts or components being measured. Once edges are detected and measured features can then be computed with the aid of M3 software.

Support for Starrett vision measuring systems

Our support services for Starrett vision measuring systems are focused on providing the best possible customer service experience for all customers at all times.

The range of services offered is extensive and starts with basic technical telephone consultations and then through to on-site calibrations, repair and maintenance finally. Finally, more complex tasks such as machine or equipment upgrades are also available.

Met Optix is a certified service partner for Starrett optical and vision products in Australia and New Zealand with factory-trained staff on hand to handle any query or question. We are fully supported and backed-up by the strong Starrett support team based in Singapore and California for Starrett’s range of vision measuring systems.

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All of the products that we supply, including the Starrett range of vision measurement systems, are of the highest quality and are sourced from the World's leading manufacturers!
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Selection & Advice

We know vision measurement systems and can help you choose the right product, including software such as the Metlogix M3 series or alternatively the QC5300 series from Heidenhain for your application and to suit your budget.
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Competitive pricing

We aim to provide the best products available at a competitive price in order to deliver the most compelling value proposition for the very latest metrology and testing products.
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After-Sales Support

Once the product is installed and commissioned it up to us to make sure that your measurement system operates efficiently and to your complete satisfaction.
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Latest vision measuring systems news!

The latest version of the Metlogix M3 software – V3 has just been released.

With new advanced features and additional capabilities, this new version of M3 software is now a clear market-leader in dimensional measurement software.

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Starrett is at the forefront of developing repeatable measurement solutions for new applications in the industrial, aerospace, medical, mining and automotive sectors.

In Australia and New Zealand Starrett vision measuring systems are now found across a wide range of industries including, medical, electrical, and general repetition and CNC machining and engineering, with the most popular model being the AVR300-Z-M3 system with its 300x200mm stage and 200mm Z-axis movement coupled with the M3 software from Metlogix. An optional Renishaw PH6/TP20 touch probe system is also popular giving highly repeatable height measurement capabilities to the system.

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Vision measuring systems range

Starrett is a leader in the development and manufacture of high-quality vision measuring systems and is gaining market share in Australia and New Zealand. The range includes both manual and CNC systems as well as field-of-view and horizontal digital vision systems that can replace older-style optical comparators.

As well as supplying the core measurement systems a full range of optional accessories, spare parts, calibration artefacts and other items are available from Met Optix for all Starrett systems sold.

Technology

Vision measurement systems are a key resource for any robust quality assurance system. They are reliable, repeatable and produce accurate 2D measurement results and report feature variation and trends. Whilst a number of manufacturers have both CMMs and vision measurement systems as part of their QC lab, smaller businesses still can’t afford the cost of a CMM – even though the relative cost of CMMs has fallen over the years, and often elect to start with a vision measurement system.

Vision measurement systems are now commonly supplied with touch-trigger probing systems such as Renishaw PH6 fixed probe head coupled with TP20 probe system to enable features such as spheres and cones to be measured which enhances the capabilities of vision systems to full 3D measurement.

Vision measurement systems selection

  • Size of the largest component to be measured
  • Z-height considerations
  • Manual or CNC?

The first step in selecting a new vision measurement system is to identify, if known, the largest component that needs to be measured and then to choose a system accordingly noting the height of the components to be measured to ensure enough clearance in the Z-axis.

The choice of CNC or manual is usually dictated by the number of components to be measured and the frequency of measurement tasks with CNC being the most popular.

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Configurations

  • Size of machine
  • Zoom or telecentric lens
  • Lighting options

As well as the size and operation of the machine, other considerations such as zoom or telecentric lens and lighting choices need to be made.

The most popular Starrett vision measurement system sold so far in the ANZ is the AVR300-Z-M3-3LED TP system which has a 300 x 200 x 200 mm measuring volume, three channels of lighting, the popular M3 software, and a touch probe for Z-axis measurements.

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Software Options

  • Metlogix M3 or
  • Heidenhain IK5300
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Metlogix M3 software is now becoming the predominant and preferred software offering for Starrett vision measuring machines.

The software developed by Metlogix in the US is fast becoming an industry standard for vision systems with a large number of equipment manufacturers in the US, Europe and Asia specifying this software platform for their own range of vision systems for reasons of convenience, ease of use and well regarded end-user experience.

Multi-sensor systems

The first step in selecting a new vision measurement system is to identify, if known, the largest component that needs to be measured and then to choose a system accordingly noting the height of the components to be measured to ensure enough clearance in the Z-axis.

The choice of CNC or manual is usually dictated by the number of components to be measured and the frequency of measurement tasks with CNC being the most popular.

Configurations

As well as the size and operation of the machine, other considerations such as zoom or telecentric lens and lighting choices need to be made.

The most popular Starrett vision measurement system sold so far in the ANZ is the AVR300-Z-M3-3LED TP system which has a 300 x 200 x 200 mm measuring volume, three channels of lighting, the popular M3 software, and a touch probe for Z-axis measurements.

Software Options

  • Metlogix M3 or
  • Heidenhain IK5300
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