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ZEISS Industrial Quality Solutions


New Probe from Carl Zeiss Increases Productivity

Accurate and flexible measurements with VAST XTR gold

Published: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 12:30

(Carl Zeiss IMT: Minneapolis) -- The new VAST XTR gold probe from Carl Zeiss enables flexible and highly accurate measurements in industrial measuring, thus increasing productivity and flexibility for operators. Thanks to the integrated rotary axis, the VAST XTR gold turns the stylus system in the direction of the feature being measured and adjusts effortlessly to complex workpieces, enabling it to reach virtually any position.

Until now, operators had to choose either a flexible, stepping articulating probe holder that offered passive but less accurate scanning, or a fixed scanning probe, which is more accurate but not as flexible. The VAST XTR gold combines the best of both. The key feature is its integrated swivel joint. “It enables the stylus system to turn as far as possible in 15° increments and thus always be positioned at the right angle to the part,” says Andreas Bucher, product manager at Carl Zeiss IMT. For special applications, this value can also be configured for any angle through the use of stylus systems. The VAST XTR gold is designed for long, heavy styli up to 350 mm long and 500 g in weight.

VAST navigator and VAST performance

The probe supports the navigator and performance functions. VAST navigator is an expert system that optimizes the measuring speed for the desired accuracy. The VAST performance function enables styli to scan interrupted contours without sacrificing speed or precision. The two functions considerably increase efficiency.

Range of applications and higher effectiveness for users

Operators benefit from VAST XTR gold probes on many levels. They primarily save time because fewer stylus systems and modifications are required. They can also save costs on materials for the same reason. Equipped with the precision of a standard, fixed stylus, the new probe is ideal for parts with many features and angular positions, such as those on gear housings for helicopters and locomotives. VAST XTR gold is also suitable for rotationally symmetrical workpieces such as ventilation gears and turbines. It provides users with added flexibility because stylus change-outs are eliminated. Using the full measuring range increases efficiency and ensures higher accuracy.

VAST XTR gold is currently available for the following ZEISS systems: ACCURA II, GageMax, PRISMO, and MMZ T II.


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ZEISS Industrial Quality Solutions

Headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany, ZEISS Industrial Quality Solutions is a member of the Carl Zeiss Group. It is a global leader in CNC coordinate measuring machines and complete, multidimensional metrology solutions for a wide variety of industrial sectors. Approximately 1,800 employees at three manufacturing locations and more than 100 sales and service centers serve customers around the world.