The new Hommel-Etamic Opticline series products feature a 0.1µm high-resolution camera, with enhanced accuracy and increased frequency during the measurement cycle.

'Absolute Precision' Optical Shaft Measuring Devices

Sept. 16, 2015
Opticline series for production-floor evaluation of parts up to 150 mm diameter. 900 mm long Shortest possible measuring cycle times Hermetically sealed optical system More ergonomic design, more accessible part loading

JENOPTIK INDUSTRIAL METROLOGY will introduce a new generation of optical shaft measuring devices in October, promising absolute precision in the shortest possible measuring cycle times, the new single-camera solution permits the measurement of workpieces up to 80 mm in diameter without any loss of resolution. Accuracy with MPE values (maximum allowable error) of less than 2 µm is typical.

The new Hommel-Etamic Opticline series is recommended for production-floor evaluation of shaft-like parts up to 150 mm in diameter and 900 mm in length (depending on product model) with enhanced performance and functionality. Opticline series products feature an all-new 0.1µm high-resolution camera, with enhanced measurement accuracy and increased frequency of measurement during the measurement cycle.

Optical measurement of workpiece profiles, diameters and spacing, angle or radii, threads, rotation angles, form - and geometric tolerances, or outer contours of high-precision workpieces can be determined quickly and flexibly within a compact floor space. For checking length and angular measurements, an optional touch probe is available, increasing the flexibility of the Opticline.

“The automotive sector can significantly reduce CO2 in motor vehicles by optimizing the designs of engines, transmissions and chassis,” according to a Jenoptik spokesman. “Individual components must meet precise quality standards, all while manufacturers are increasing manufacturing productivity. Quality assurance processes are essential to meeting these changed requirements with equipment that is simple to operate and highly precise, while quickly and reliably collecting measurement data within the production environment. Further, product changes and rapid production require a high degree of flexibility in the quality assurance arena. The next-generation Opticline products have been designed to meet these stringent requirements.

For quality-assurance on the production line, the new Opticline system are even more robust, more resilient, even more precise – and available anywhere in your production environment. The basic design and mechanical components have been improved to make the device even less sensitive to possible external influences, such as vibrations, operator error, and more.

The optical system is hermetically sealed, preventing dust or oil mist from interfering with the measurements. Active self-monitoring mechanisms and temperature compensation have been optimized, improving the long-term stability of the measuring device.

Making the system easier to use and quicker to respond to changes in part designs, the new series has a more ergonomic design and features an open and widely accessible part loading area. The controls are clearly arranged and easy to reach. Also, light curtains reliably protect the operator from intervention in dangerous areas.

Using an improved mechanical design that includes both an improved tailstock and headstock, Opticline systems deliver high-precision results for form, location and dimensional measurements within just a few seconds. The new mechanical design also creates an optimized ergonomic environment that maximizes user friendliness.

Jenoptik measuring and evaluation software Turbo Optic is a critical element in the intuitive and simplified operation of Opticline products. It provides users with robust evaluation software that is simple to program and easy to understand.