The HDV Horizontal Digital Video Comparators combine the best features of a horizontal optical comparator and a vision metrology system. With a rigid steel design, they are configured like a traditional horizontal comparator. The workstage is the same as the Starrett field-proven HB400 and HD400 comparators, with a 110lb (50kg) load capacity. The heart of the system centers on a uniquely designed interchangeable lens mounting system coupled to a hi-resolution color digital video camera (patent pending). The system is available with a choice of seven telecentric lenses for micron-level resolution and optical distortion as low as 0.001% for accurate field-of-view (FOV) measurements. Lenses provide a maximum FOV of up to 2.44" x 1.85" (62mm x 47mm). Stage movement can be related to the imported file allowing part comparison up to 16" (400mm) long.
The HDV systems house a powerful 64-bit PC, which runs MetLogix™ M3 measuring software. With M3 software, DXF CAD files can be imported and 2D Go/No-Go digital overlays can be developed directly from the CAD files. Video edge detection (VED), allows real-time interaction of the imported file with the video image of the part being inspected. Productivity, speed and accuracy are all enhanced. Systems are available in manual or CNC control.