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Mr. Schwarz* is head of tool manufacturing for a company that manufactures components for the automotive and mechanical engineering industries. The FlexiVision 100 has now been in use in tool production for approx. 8 months. What has prompted the company to use modern camera technology and does it meet the expectations? Mr. Schwarz answered the following questions.
By searching the Internet for endoscopes or microscopes with which you can inspect bore holes smaller than Ø 1 mm.
As has often been the case, advertising material (descriptions, photos, etc.) for items are often presented better than the respective product actually does. Therefore it is necessary to test the product and especially to inspect your own tools with it. The pictures I saw on the website were confirmed during the product test.
Since it is possible to use different probes, the device was seen as very universal.
It is currently used 1-2 times a week. We use it to assess surfaces and transitions in small holes and slots of tools where you can no longer see anything with a microscope.
The exchange of the probes works very fast and there are a variety of different probes. If we need to test smaller bore holes in the future, we can simply buy additional probes.
The smallest working diameter of our probe is currently 1.6 mm. Here a better resolution and a larger display on the screen would be desirable, as is the case with the 4 mm probe, for example. There the picture is optimal. However, this is technically not possible with the small probes due to the fiber optic design.
The inspected tools no longer need to be installed and tested to determine whether the quality of the holes in the tools is sufficient. This eliminates the setup time and the time for testing. We save up to 4 hours per tool.
*To protect our customer, we've changed the name. The information is true and confirmed by the customer. The interview was conducted with the customer in August 2018.