Mobile Optical Surface Inspection System

The 4D InSpec Surface Gauge is acclaimed the first handheld, precision instrument for non-contact surface defect measurement. With micrometer-level resolution, portability, affordability and ease-of-use, 4D InSpec puts high resolution measurement where it’s needed: on the factory floor, in machine shops and in field service applications.

InSpec is a new mobile optical surface inspection system for fast inspection of work pieces and different metal surfaces. By pushing a button an area of 7 x 7 mm² or 15 x 15 mm² can be measured. Features in the surface are measured with a height resolution of 5 microns. InSpec can be used for routine inspection of turbine blades of jet engines without the need to dismantle the turbine totally.

4D InSpec instantly quantifies defects such as pits, scratches, nicks, dents and bumps, and measures features such as edge break, radii, rivet depth and dot peen depth, from 0.1 to 100 mils deep. 4D InSpec is far more repeatable and accurate than visual comparison techniques typically used for surface defect measurements. And unlike high-end metrology systems it is rugged, flexible and affordable, to measure a wide range of part geometries in the most challenging environments.

The 4D InSpec can be handheld to access tight corners or to sample large surfaces directly on components. An optional fold mirror accessory lets the system function like a borescope to access features without line of sight. One-button operation and immunity to sensor movement make it easy to align and measure, while a rugged design and single cable tether withstand the rigors of daily use.

In a workstation configuration 4D InSpec makes it fast and easy to obtain repeatable quality control data. An intuitive, touchscreen interface handles setup, operation, analysis and report generation. The 4D InSpec can also be mounted on a robotic manipulator for fully automated measurements of complex components.

The included software with an intuitive touch-screen interface automatically locates defects and calculates their height, volume, area, slopes and location. The operator can choose from 2D traces or 3D plots to view defects in great detail. The system also supports easy data transfer to quality control systems via LAN, USB or WiFi for rapid pass-fail analysis.

With the 4D InSpec users now you can walk around the factory with a newly release lightweight portable backpack kit to carry and store the accessories and incorporates a battery for a full shift’s worth of measurements, a ruggedized tablet for taking, storing and analyzing measurement data and a hip holster for the instrument, to free user hands while working.

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