QC5000 Series Software
The Metronics QC5000 series of metrology instruments is a family of Windows PC-based products for conducting precision dimensional measurements on 2-D parts. Systems can be supplied with video systems and measuring microscopes. Systems support manual part positioning and feature measurement under user control, or CNC part positioning and automated measurement under program control. All QC5000 systems consist of a Windows-based user interface and a dedicated Metronics axis PC card. All axis cards include input circuitry for reading the axis position. Axis cards in systems capable of CNC axis motion control also include circuitry for driving CNC stepper motor or CNC servo motor amplifiers. All systems measure 2-D part features in the X–Y plane. Additionally, systems can include a Z-axis input for height measurements and part leveling and a Q-axis for rotational measurements.
Part features can be measured, constructed from measured features, created from user data, copied from
existing features or imported from .dxf, .igs and other files.
Geometric tolerances include location, form, orientation, run-out and size. In addition, tolerances can be applied to groups of selected features. Tolerances are context sensitive. For example, straightness is provided for lines and circularity is provided for circles. Tolerances can be displayed for evaluation and the tolerance criteria can be edited with a few clicks of the mouse, as shown in this example of a form tolerance.
Programs can be created in manual systems to semi-automate repetitive tasks and simplify operator interactions, or in systems that include CNC control to automate measurements eliminating measurement errors and increasing throughput. Programs can be recorded automatically as a series of measurements are performed, can be created to include conditional branching and messages, can be edited in static or single-step modes and can be created from imported CAD files. The task of programming is simplified by programming wizards and a comprehensive program debugging environment.
Reports can be custom-formatted in a wide variety of formats to satisfy the requirements of different audiences by simply dragging and dropping data selections into templates. Templates can easily be customized. Completed reports can be archived, printed, exported
or saved for e-mailing. Exported data can be sent to CAD applications, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Access for processing.
The user interface conforms to standard Windows conventions and can be quickly mastered by experienced Windows users. Task-specific menus, icons and toolbar’s further simplify interactions with QC5000 features and measurement functions. Many aspects of the user interface can be customized to suit the needs of each user. Customized arrangements of windows and toolbar’s can be saved
as unique work-spaces to facilitate the most efficient use of the system by different users. This User’s Guide can be accessed and displayed from the Help menu, and includes links from all page references in the Table of Contents and Index to Guide content.
Four window types are used to present numeric, text and graphic information:
• DRO • Templates • Results • Part View • Live Video
The Digital Readout (DRO) presents numeric position information for each axis.
Template windows present tabular data describing features, programs, runs database contents and tolerance measurements. The template windows shown here are stacked. However, each window can be presented alone.
The Results window contains measurement data related to a feature selected in a template or in the Part View window.
The Part View window contains a graphic display of the measurement reference frame and measured features.
The Part View window contains a real-time display of the video camera image including the part view at the active magnification with the active video probe superimposed over the part image.