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Methods Machine Tools, Inc., a leading supplier of innovative precision machine tools, 3D printing technology, automation and accessories, has introduced the new extended-travel 700 Series VisionGauge Digital Comparator, manufactured by VISIONx INC. The new extended travel machine features a 24” x 24” x24” envelope and tilt and rotary axes based in a trunnion configuration, which can accommodate parts weighing up to 100 lbs. The system configuration is ideal for larger and heavier parts such as those found in the Industrial Gas Turbine industry.

The 700 Series VisionGauge has 5 axes of motion (X, Y, Z Rotary and Tilt) to enable a user to accurately view parts from all sides and is fully automated, eliminating operator-to-operator variation and potential error. The 700 series is particularly well-suited for the inspection of EDM and laser-drilled cooling holes, can automatically verify hole presence as well as accurately measure hole location and geometry, and has the ability to measure complex parts made via additive manufacturing. It supports both round and shaped holes and works equally well on both coated and uncoated parts. An ultra-bright, computer-controlled multi-angle, multi-quadrant and all-LED illumination via a programmable, computer-controlled system is standard on all machines. The system has complete integrated 5-Axis corrections and dynamic fixture correction, as well as full 3D mapping for maximum accuracy.

The 700 Series VisionGauge Introduced in 2014, the original 700 Series VisionGauge has a 12”x12”x12” envelope and a tilt and rotary stage assembly that is mounted in a cantilever configuration. This is ideal for inspecting smaller, lightweight parts such as blades, vanes and heat shields in the aerospace industry.

“We’re pleased that the 700 Series VisionGauge now offers an extended-travel version that can inspect large, heavy parts. This fills a definite need in the inspection and measurement world,” said Steve Bond, National Sales Manager, Methods Machine Tools, Inc.

The VisionGauge has an optical system designed for an extended depth of field, providing complete clarity and focus, regardless of a part’s geometry, in addition to a very long working distance that provides enormous flexibility. The system has innovative and uniquely adaptive feature-detection software tools that accurately locate holes and slots on different surfaces, with diverse reflectivity and at various viewing angles. This is especially well-suited when dealing with burrs and splatter.

VisionGauge Digital Optical Comparators are a fully-digital drop-in replacement for traditional optical comparators. The comparators work directly with the part’s CAD data and do not require any overlays, Mylars™ or templates. Systems are Windows-based and delivered network-ready in a shop-floor, convenient “rolling cart” configuration. VisionGauge Digital Optical Comparators are more accurate than traditional optical comparators and allow users to achieve a much higher throughput. The comparators can be set up to automatically collect complete electronic documentation and device history for SPC and quality compliance purposes. VisionGauge Digital Optical Comparators allow users to compare a part to its CAD data in real-time, fully automatically. VisionGauge Digital Optical Comparators are available in vertical and horizontal configurations and are exclusively distributed throughout North America by Methods Machine Tools, Inc.

Methods Machine Tools, Inc., in operation for over 55 years, is a leading supplier of precision machine tools, 3D printing solutions, automation and accessories, providing extensive applications engineering support, installation, parts, service and training through a network of large state-of-the-art technology centers and dealers throughout North America.

VISIONx INC. (Pointe-Claire, Quebec CANADA) specializes in automated image, visual inspection and high-accuracy measuring solutions. VISIONx develops, sells and supports software, systems and specialized hardware components for machine vision, image analysis, visual inspection, general detection and metrology.

For more information about Methods Machine Tools and VisionGauge Digital Optical Comparators, please contact: Mr. Steve Bond, National Sales Manager, Methods Machine Tools, Inc. 65 Union Avenue, Sudbury, MA 01776, TEL: (978) 443-5388, FAX: (978) 440-9405, Email:

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