Hardware-Independent Inspection Software

Delcam’s PowerInspect inspection software includes improved ease of use, support for multi-axis, on-machine verification and compatibility with the AIMS Metrology System used by aerospace companies such as Boeing and Lockheed Martin. The introduction of a color-coded scheme for the points to be measured—an enhancement known as the bouncing ball—is the main improvement to the system’s ease of use. It can be applied either when using teach-and-learn inspection of the first item in a production run or when programming a sequence for a number of parts offline.

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Delcam’s PowerInspect inspection software includes improved ease of use, support for multi-axis, on-machine verification and compatibility with the AIMS Metrology System used by aerospace companies such as Boeing and Lockheed Martin. The introduction of a color-coded scheme for the points to be measured—an enhancement known as the bouncing ball—is the main improvement to the system’s ease of use. It can be applied either when using teach-and-learn inspection of the first item in a production run or when programming a sequence for a number of parts offline. In both cases, it will make it easier for any user to exactly reproduce an inspection sequence developed by a different operator. Similarly, it will help when duplicating an inspection last undertaken some time before, when the user cannot remember the complete sequence. The multi-axis option for on-machine verification will allow companies with four-, five- or six-axis equipment to undertake comprehensive verification of their parts on these more complex machine tools, both during and after machining. The main advantage of the new option will be the ability to check undercut regions, without any need to re-position the workpiece and to inspect deep features with shorter, more accurate probes. The new compatibility with AIMS will allow seamless sharing of CAD geometry, inspection plans and measurement results back and forth between the company’s software and other hardware and software platforms. Similarly, it will simplify the comparison of results obtained with any legacy data collected using older systems.

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