Specialist inspection and testing house Böllinger Messtechnik (Germany) have recently installed a Starrett Precision Optical AV350 Galileo CNC Measurement and Inspection System
Featuring a 350mm x 350mm x 200mm measurement X/Y/Z measuring range, 12.1 motorised zoom, Navitar optics and Metronics QC5000 software, the AV350 is suited for use in quality control laboratories, research, engineering and manufacturing environments. The AV350 can be configured to combine camera, contact probe and laser technologies. The lighting options are multiple with a choice of LED or Fibre Optic 2, 3 or 7 channel.
Based in Oedheim north of Stuttgart, Böllinger Messtechnik are focused on initial sample inspection, freeform measurement, digitalisation and reverse engineering. Owner Michael Böllinger said of the purchase of the AV350: “One of our key decision criteria was the accuracy of the video system and the AV350 has fully complied with all our requirements. We were also pleased to see the accuracy of the calibration standards that were delivered with the machine, as they are the highest accuracy standard possible in Germany.”
The unit supplied to Böllinger Messtechnik includes the optional dark field simulated LED quad ring light and Renishaw touch probe. Michael says: “What is really important to us is the combination of the video system with the touch probe, so that the machine can perform as a 3D coordinate measuring machine. Having the two measurement technologies combined saves a considerable amount of time. Previously we had to measure the 2D features on a microscope, and then take the parts onto the 3D CMM to measure the 3D features.
Starrett Precision Optical will be exhibiting at the Control Fair in Stuttgart from May 5 – 8 2009 .