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New Inspection Help in the Lab
The self-contained iVue and iScope. ?
By Mark Kanpurwala, Managing Director of Sales & Operations, SharpVue div. of Aven Inc., Ann Arbor, MI
As workbench space becomes increasingly cluttered, new ways must be found to provide the working tools needed by development and design engineers, without weighing them down with too much scattered technology. One such solution is the new iVue and iScope which can help to eliminate much of the clutter by providing a virtual onscreen keyboard.
The self-contained iVue and iScope, both American-made innovations dramatically enhance precision optical inspection and image-sharing capabilities with plug-and-go simplicity. It's the first digital microscope and video inspection system with on-screen image capture, on-screen measurement, on-screen annotation and networking ease. No external hardware or software is needed, avoiding compatibility concerns.
The user can insert movable, fully customizable text boxes from an on-screen menu. Pointers and illustrative lines are easily dropped in and adjusted handily all from the touch screen display. All features of annotated items can be adjusted such as font, size, color and many other variables.
Built-in advantages enrich the free-standing, easily portable system including touch-screen virtual keyboard for annotation; a patented 3/4-quadrant LED lighting system; 3-dimensional microscopic inspection at eye level with iScope; and instant Image capture and manipulation. There are many measurement options available all without the need to purchase of additional software. The system includes a laser pointer to highlight locations, and the iVue pivots for angled view to increase depth of field, while the iScope provides a 3-D viewer option.
Special LED lighting mounted on the instrument.
Other technology in this sophisticated breakthrough adds convenience and flexibility. Screen images are captured directly to a USB memory stick or internal hard drive with a few clicks. Touch-screen commands insert movable, fully customizable text boxes with fingertip simplicity. LAN connectivity and a Wi-Fi card allow team viewing and annotation. Brightness controls provide custom lighting by quadrant. The 12-inch monitor tilts and has height adjustment.
Patented Lighting System
Correct lighting is crucial to obtain maximum image clarity. Each quadrant on the iVue and iScope has individual angle and height adjustments allowing for custom lighting of the area needed to provide optimal image clarity. Quadrants are also adjusted on a horizontal plane to provide shadowing when needed. Long life LED bulbs are used for durability. Customized lighting solutions are also available.
Measurement is built in and easy to use. Precise distances between points or geometries are calculated on-screen. These on-screen measurements are saved when the image is captured. The advance software used on these new instruments has a "snap" tool used to automatically find corners and edges for more precise measurement.
Instant Image Capture
Image capture in the past required the use of separate hardware and software — usually in the form of a PC interfaced with the inspection system's camera. But now with these two new instruments, images are instantly saved and manipulated on-screen without the use of any additional hardware or software. The iVue and iScope also have a wireless internet and LAN connection so that it is now possible to e-mail and/or network right at the unit on the benchtop.
The iVue has a tilting head to provide not only a top-down view but an angled view for increased depth of field. The iScope has a 45° fixed 3-D viewer option for angled viewing. The 3-D viewer option rotates to provide a 360° view without moving the object being viewed.
Optical head can be angled for best possible view.
These two new instruments are especially suitable for inspection of circuit boards, welds, tubes, hoses, precision parts and other manufactured products in a Quality Control lab or on the assembly floor. The system will detect and document gaps, hairline cracks, fractures or other microscopic defects.
In addition to providing data capture, the systems' configuration makes possible immediate team collaboration on large 12-in. screen or via networked units. The instruments make it possible to easily provide material documentation as well as process conformance. There is an easy gateway to a database archive for continuous quality improvement, documentation and ISO Certification.
In the research arena, the two instruments can provide evaluation of prototypes, perform medical and pathology lab work, work in scientific studies and cataloging, as well as law enforcement and forensics investigation, and education.
They can be used for preparing presentation slides, to make illustrations for training manuals, scholarly publications, and academics. For lecture demonstrations, the VGA output provided on the unit will provide interfacing to a projector or large monitor. Field reports already confirm the iVue and iScope's value as an accurate, powerful, compact tool. Users in assembly operations, R&D centers, science labs and academic settings save time, improve productivity, gain bench space and ease vision fatigue. Pre-assembly, intuitive functionality and on-screen help menus ensure ready-to-use ease of operation.
Contact: SharpVue a div. of Aven Inc., 4595 Platt Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
734-973-0099 ext. 201 fax: 734-973-0097 Web:
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