An inspection routine is any number of measurements made on a part or assembly at specified locations in a predetermined order or sequence. The routines guide operators through each measurement point using graphic and/or text instructions. Several characteristics or values may be measured at a single inspection point, such as gap and flush. Calculations using the measured values can be incorporated into the routine and the user can establish the format for the data stored in files on the LaserGauge®. Once a routine is developed and saved in LGWorks, it can be sent to either an LG controller, a DSP sensor, or a PC and used wirelessly with LGWorksRT.
Routines are built in a tree-view hierarchy so that points and groups of points can easily be cut, copied and pasted, or moved using drag-and-drop functionality.
More than one measurement may be needed at each inspection point, such as gap and flush. Routine commands tell the LaserGauge® what methodology to use to make the measurements and one pull of the trigger completes all of the measurements at that location.
Photos or images of the part being inspected can be copied into LGWorks, and the individual points can be marked by drawing an arrow on the image at the exact location for the measurement. The images are displayed on the graphical controllers or DSP screens with arrows advancing automatically as each measurement is taken.
Specification limits can be entered in the routine and used by the LaserGauge® to flag out-of-spec conditions. A second set of limits, called reasonable limits, can also be entered to help filter errant measurements and identify measurements taken at the wrong location.
The LaserGauge® can be used to capture raw scans of surface features, such as a weld or a gap. The scan, once retrieved, can be opened in LGWorks and used to test virtual gauge settings. The selected gauge and settings are then incorporated into the routine.
Data files are formatted by the user and can vary by routine. The user has a choice of delimiters and the file can include information contained in the routine or found on the controller. Operator input fields and LaserGauge® generated information can also be included in the data file, such as date, time, shift, operator, VIN, feature label, description, etc.
LG1102, LG1200, LG4101, LG5000, LG7000 controllers and all DSP Sensors