Alicona, supplier of high-resolution optical 3D surface measurement systems, has revealed its new cutting-edge measurement system EdgeMasterX.
Unveiled for the first time at EMO Milan, the instrument allows users to customise quality assurance in production exactly according to their individual measurement demands and achieve even greater automation. This system is set to be particularly beneficial to applications such as the measurement of inserts, drillers, cutters, and other tap tools.
The EdgeMasterX is the result of Alicona's consistent improvement of the EdgeMaster, a globally used system for the quality assurance of cutting tools. The most notable feature of the new EdgeMasterX is the automatic multiple measurement of edges. Users can now measure various edge parameters at different positions on a tool to verify the desired edge preparation. It is also possible to measure one or more user defined edge parameters of several tools of an entire batch.
Additionally, a motorised rotation unit now allows users to measure multiple, also chamfered edges of a tool in a single measurement cycle. All of the EdgeMasterX's measurement capabilities designed to automate quality assurance are based on a one-button solution. This means that once a measurement has been started, no further user interaction is necessary. Traffic-light colour codes immediately indicate to the user any geometric deviations from a CAD dataset or reference geometry.
The EdgeMasterX is designed for use in a production environment and offers solid high-resolution measurements even when subjected to vibrations, fluctuations in temperature, or extraneous light. Users will also benefit from traceable and highly repeatable results.
The EdgeMasterX measures all the classical edge parameters such as radius, various angles, bevel length, chipping, and tool wear. It automatically detects form deviations and visualises them using a special colour coding. The EdgeMasterX also allows users to apply ellipse fits to a high-resolution edge profile, increasing the number of radius parameters to two. This makes it possible to measure the "true" edge shape. Additional measurement capabilities such as profile- and areal-based roughness measurement are also made possible with this latest device.