A: The “gage circle” is constructed from (2) probed line features, and (1) created circle feature of a desired gage diameter.
A: More than one cause can be attributed to incorrect feature results:
A: This can be caused by a poor edge contrast within the given Field of View. The manual edge teach routine can be performed to improve edge detection capability for a specific edge profile.
Making adjustments to your machines lighting may also improve the edge point detection of the various M3 video probes.
A: Any feature can be measured in a way where a “Done” button press is required to complete the measurement. Simply request the measurement explicitly, that is, press the measure feature button for the feature you are measuring. Once the desired number of points is reached, press “Done” to complete the measurement.
A: More than one cause can be attributed to inconsistent part playback performance:
A: When viewing the detail view for a feature, the currently applied tolerance types can be viewed, added, and removed from the “Tolerance Entry” feature detail screen. Pressing a tolerance button from the bottom toolbar will add or remove that given tolerance for the selected feature. Newly removed tolerances for a feature will appear with a “Red Colored” slash through the entry field. This tolerance will be removed from the feature and the screen the next time the tolerance detail view is accessed.
A: Reference features can be specified for Parallelism, Perpendicularity, Angularity, Concentricity, and Runt out tolerance types.
When one of the tolerance types above is applied to a given feature, the reference feature dropdown list will be displayed in the Tolerance feature detail screen, directly to the right of the tolerance value field, as seen below:
IMPORTANT: Only features measured previous to the feature being tolerance can be specified as a reference feature.
A: Feature re-naming can be performed from either the Feature Detail view, or from the Report view.
In the “large” Feature Detail view select the feature whose name you want to change. Select the Feature Name field in the top left corner. The name field will turn green indicating a new name can be entered. Press the “Done” button in the bottom right toolbar to accept the new feature name.
In the Report View select and highlight the report line for the feature that you would like to change the name of. Press the “Edit Cell” button from the bottom toolbar, some feature lines will turn pail green, indicating they can be edited. Select the Feature Name field, the name field will turn darker green. Type in the new feature name and press the “Done” button to accept.
A: Column selection can be used for printing and exporting report data. When you select a report column by pressing, or clicking, in the column header, the selected column should become highlighted. Only highlighted columns will be included in exports or printouts.
A: The simple crosshair can be translated and rotated within the field of view. To re-center and re-align the crosshair click or press and hold on the pan/rotate tool button, found in the top left corner of the video window. The crosshair will re-center and the rotation angle will be “zeroed”.
A: Press and hold on the Q Axis DRO button. A Q Rotation entry field will be displayed. Entered the desired angular rotation and press “Done” to rotate the crosshair.
A: M3 VED systems all support Image Archive capability. To archive an image:
A: Most feature constructions have additional feature result “sub-types”. As an example, if you construct a distance between some features, you may be looking to calculate the farthest, nearest, or center distance between those two features. If you are measuring a line between to circles, you may need to change the line to the alternate tangent. For any case, feature subtypes are accessed by selecting the desired feature from the feature list or partview, and pressing the change feature button, found in the bottom toolbar(button icon appears as triangle design incased in a circle). The currently selected sub-type for a given feature will be reflected in the partview, and indicated in the feature detail view(s).
A: This is due to a Windows 7/8 setting that takes control of the long press function, interfering with operation in the M3 software.
A: The M3 software manages all of its software settings files from within the Metlogix\Settings folder in the Windows 7/8 Public Documents folder. Settings files for general operation settings, error correction, and camera settings will all be contained in this folder. Simply make a backup of the entire Settings folder and place in a safe location, preferably on a different computer.
Backups of the settings can also be restored from the Metlogix\Backups folder. The core settings files are updated to this folder at some regular interval, and date stamped for identification. These files can be copied, renamed, and placed into the Metlogix\Settings folder to restore these system settings to the time when they were originally generated.
WARNING: The operations above can have significant impact on the functionality of your M3 system. Please consult your Metlogix Representative prior to manipulating these files.
A: This typically indicates that your USB scale interface box is not detected by the windows system. This can be as a result of that it is not powered on, the USB is disconnected from the PC, or because the drivers have not been successfully loaded, or have failed.
Please confirm that the Metlogix Encoder Hardware has been successfully installed in Windows:
If the drivers are not correctly installed, please see pages 7 and 8 of the M3 Setup Manual. The Setup Manual can be downloaded here. (Link to M3 Setup Manual PDF.)
A: The black and white image displayed is a Metlogix sample bitmap image that we utilize as a place holder in the event that no video signal is detected for the current M3 configuration.
More than one cause can be attributed to the video signal not being detected:
A: After the first launch of the M3 software a folder, named “Metlogix”, will be created at the following path:
[Drive Letter]:\Users\Public\Public Documents\
This folder can also be reached through the Win7 libraries folder in Documents\Public Documents.
The Metlogix file output folder will contain the following sub-folders:
**The Backup, Export, Images, and Parts folders can be assigned to custom output locations or folders using the “File Locations” settings screen, located within in the main settings screen.