CMM inspection is faster and easier with Nikon Metrology CAMIO7
April 28, 2011
Leuven, Belgium – Nikon Metrology introduces CAMIO7, featuring a new metrology software interface that redefines 3D tactile and laser CMM inspection. With fewer mouse clicks and instant access to programming functions from a single ribbon toolbar, the programming experience is both faster and easier than previous versions of the software. CAMIO7 users are able to program many features of different types within a single operation, and graphically step around the measurement path before committing to the part program or CMM. By packaging powerful capabilities into such an uncluttered user interface, CAMIO7 metrology software makes CMM programming an altogether more flexible and productive experience.
The standard for CMM programming
CAMIO7 is a major software release in many ways. The multi-sensor CMM software now reflects the latest standard in Microsoft Windows featuring the ribbon style toolbar. This serves as the central location where all software functions are logically grouped into tabbed sections, each containing all the required operations. This setup avoids the need to search through long menu structures and navigate between groups on the ribbon. For example, GD&T tolerances are located within the Inspect group so that feature output is always available.
The CAMIO7 programming environment is developed with every user profile in mind. An important design criterium was to combine the powerful functionalities yet providing workflows that are very easy to use. Users can select any combination of features to measure by using ‘teach and learn’ from the handbox, picking from a CAD model, or typing coordinates from the component drawing. CAMIO7 automatically programs the touch points for each feature, however specific touch points can be defined if required.
Easy use to Windows 7 style ribbon toolbar
When highlighting a group of multiple features, their properties are automatically filtered down to allow global modifications to all the remaining common properties from within this group in a single operation. There is no faster way to modify the nominal coordinates, measurement mode, fitting algorithms or add GD&T tolerances, etc.
Offering true multi-sensor capability
Laser scanning with CAMIO7 is now easier to use for feature inspection. The new software interface allows both feature related measurement and reporting to be defined in the same effort. Such improvements reduce programming time drastically, in particular for more complex parts exhibiting hundreds of features.
For measuring surface areas, CAMIO7 users can choose to simply cover the target area with a configurable grid to automatically define the measurement points. Alternatively, CAMIO7 includes full support for laser scan area definition, leaving the possibility to use the scan data for reverse engineering or surface analysis.
Full graphical representation of the planned scanner over the surface
CAMIO7 offers true multi-sensor capability and simplified probe management to change between contact and non-contact probing within the same measurement program. In this way the best CMM inspection routine can be achieved for the application at hand.
Comprehensive off-line programming capabilities
CAMIO7 planning provides the ability to open inspection plans either directly from CAD (Product Manufacturing Information) or a customer specific format. The plan data can then be used to easily create a DMIS program including planned inspection routines and the application of GD&T tolerance data. In this regard, the software supports the latest versions of all popular CAD formats available on the market.
To support the off-line programming environment, the software provides full machine simulation and collision detection. CAMIO7 creates true DMIS output without translation, which also makes it the ideal stand-alone solution to create programs to run in compatible 3rd party DMIS software including PC-DMIS and Metrolog.
Making informed decisions faster with CAMIO7
CAMIO7 offers an integrated approach to the quality control process of CMM inspection. This true multi-sensor CMM metrology software supports traditional touch-trigger probes, continuous contact (or analogue) scanning probes as well as the full range of Nikon Metrology laser probes. This way, CAMIO7 supports design and manufacturing teams to efficiently maintain control over production processes and to make informed decisions.