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EVO Cam II, next generation of high definition digital microscope

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The next generation of the extremely popular EVO Cam digital microscope has been launched. Excellent image quality, intuitive operation and a host of new features are available at your fingertips with Vision Engineering’s new EVO Cam II.

Ideally suited for close inspection and recording of high resolution images the next-generation EVO Cam II benefits from the addition of user customisable overlays, on-board measurement and Wi-Fi image transfer. All supported by a 30:1 optical zoom and a maximum magnification of up to 3,600x.

EVO Cam II replaces the original EVO Cam which is already used for inspection of electronics, medical devices, precision engineering, life sciences and much more.

EVO Cam II digital microscope inspecting metal tools

High definition images can be captured and stored directly to a USB memory stick. When connected to a PC, images and video can be easily captured, stored and shared. A Wi-Fi dongle even allows direct sharing with PCs, laptops, tablet computers and smartphones.

Simple on-screen measurement can be performed with the aid of virtual callipers and scalable grids. Live images can also be compared to user customisable overlays, increasing efficiency of use.

A completely new graphical user interface and intuitive controls with 10 presets, allow for rapid swapping out of subjects under inspection, making EVO Cam II ideal for multiple users in high speed production environments. A remote control option is available to maximise the ergonomic operation of the microscope when used over prolonged periods.

EVO Cam II features a powerful LED ring light and sub-stage lighting for viewing translucent samples. A UV ring light accessory is also available for electronic and other specific applications. High contrast subjects, such as reflective metals used in electronics and automotive manufacturing can be viewed in more detail using EVO Cam II’s Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) mode.

For additional clarity, EVO Cam II is launched along with a new range of objective lenses to deliver pin sharp images, high in detail and contrast. Vision Engineering’s unique 360° rotating viewer is ideal for hard to handle subjects, delivering direct and 34° angled views, which can be rotated 360° around the point of interest, allowing inspection of the sides and base of samples.

Mark Curtis, Managing Director, Vision Engineering said:

We are excited to complement our Mantis and Lynx EVO eyepiece-less stereo microscope range with the EVO Cam II. This new digital microscope offers exceptional image quality for inspection, research and manipulation, and can be utilised for thousands of inspection tasks.”

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Inspect where you want with new Camβ digital magnifier

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Introducing Camβ (CamBeta) – a new digital inspection magnifier for portable inspection and documentation. The new magnifier is a handheld inspection device, suitable for a wide range of applications. Camβ provides magnification up to 20x, stores up to 20,000 images and uses grids and cursors for X & Y dimensioning, simply where you want, when you want.

CamBeta handheld digital magnifier for machine inspection

With a high resolution colour display, easy button operation and image capture/download capability, Camβ is ideal for roaming inspection tasks, documenting faults and inspecting large or immobile subjects. Camβ has been equipped with a dual LED illumination, with 4 settings; high contrast imaging and 30 frames video capture capabilities. A live-view video output via micro HDMI allows for the display of images on a larger screen suitable for training purposes.

Camβ offers a convenient way of meeting critical inspection and documentation requirements. The simple design of the Camβ helps to optimise the inspection process, as it requires minimal training to ensure all users can adequately perform their job. When time is of the essence the portable design of the Camβ also helps to speed up the process of inspection and decision making for operators.

The Camβ is well suited in production environments where company policy disallows the use of mobile phones. Its lightweight and ergonomic design is superior to that of a smartphone, with one-handed operation making the Camβ easy to manage and manipulate. The handle of the Camβ also provides a secure grip allowing it to be used with either a left or right hand, to suit.

Camβ is ideal for a number of applications such as electronics, mechanical, automotive, watchmaking, plastics engineering, medical and ultimately wherever fast digital documentation is needed – in one step, using one tool!

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Unveiling new EVOTIS system at Productronica 2017

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We will be attending this year’s Productronica between 14th to 17th November in Munich, Germany. You can find us in Hall A2, Booth 181.

At the show we will be unveiling a brand new advanced inspection workstation – the EVOTIS. The new system for large area subjects such as PCB’s and multi-layer components is invaluable for anyone who requires a quick, efficient and methodical process. It will cater for a wide range of tasks such as inspection, manipulation, reworking and training and can be easily used as a part of Quality Assurance (QA) standards.
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The technical inspection system can be configured with either the Lynx EVO stereo microscope or EVO Cam digital microscopes and has access to an array of inspection tools linked to these including a wide range of objectives, high resolution camera modules and reticles, and can provide magnification up to 300x.

The system has a choice of 2 high capacity stages with an independently lockable X-Y axis. Both stages allow for free floating movement and fast inspection of components. The EVOTIS bases have electrostatic discharge protection (ESD) for a safe inspection or reworking as standard.

Common to both the Lynx EVO and EVO Cam systems is Vision Engineering’s unique 360° rotating viewer (oblique and direct viewer), available upon request. This exceptional piece of equipment provides a full 360° view of mounted components making it easy to see side details around features as well as the usual top surface of a component. This smart accessory is especially useful for joints, holes, pillars and threaded forms and could be extremely beneficial to use with the EVOTIS workstation.

About Lynx EVO stereo microscopes

The award winning Lynx EVO is a truly ergonomic stereo microscope with magnification up to 240x. The patented optical viewer replaces conventional eyepieces designed to help operators to overcome the ergonomic challenges such as eye fatigues and neck and back pains that are normally associated with traditional binocular microscopes. Find out more

About EVO Cam digital microscopes

The EVO Cam standalone digital microscope provides magnification up to 300x has been designed for quality control, testing, inspection and documentation. Its unique 360° rotating viewer provides an angled all-round view of the subject ideal for electronics and other industrial applications. Find out more

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Custom Optics Division at this year’s Photonex Europe Live!

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On the 11-12th of October 2017, we attend the Photonex Europe Live, Ricoh Arena, Coventry – an international trade fair show for optical and visual technologies, components and systems. You can find us at the stand C14.

At the show our optical division and part of manufacturing and optical services (VEMOS) will be displaying a wide range of products and solutions aimed for industrial applications. VEMOS will also demonstrate manufacturing capabilities and extensive knowledge in visual and optical components. Our strengths are in sourcing and delivering high quality optical components including a wide selection of Optical Lenses, Optical Filters, Optical Mirrors, Windows, Prisms or Beamsplitters.

Vision Engineering Manufacturing and Optical Services offer the entire process chain from design, prototyping, replacements, upgrades, cost-saving and capability-enhancing modifications, system development, production and coating to the qualification of entire systems, including quality assurance.

On demonstration will be our award winning and patented eyepiece-less technology used in Mantis range, EVO Cam and Lynx EVO high productivity stereo microscopes.

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Vision’s new non-contact (visual) measuring systems at EMO

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New non-contact (visual) measuring systems at EMO trade show in Hannover

We will be attending this year’s EMO Show between 18th to 23rd September in Hannover, Germany. You can find us in Hall 6, Stand B85. We will be displaying our new Swift PRO, a powerful yet easy and simple to operate range of non-contact (visual) measuring systems. Combining the latest optical and video measurement technologies, the Swift PRO is the right tool for a broad range of applications from electronics and aerospace to plastic and medical parts manufacturing where reporting and quality control is in demand.

Swift PRO range of optical and video measuring systems

Swift PRO provides a fast and accurate 3-axis measurement. Its user-friendly interface gives shop floor workers an easy product setup and operation, making measuring components and reporting very easy.

Thanks to its design, fast and accurate 3-axis measurement, the Swift PRO provides shop floor operators with quick & easy way of measuring components and reporting. With simplicity at its core the system can be used by shift workers or advanced users requiring only a minimal training. This decrease significantly staff costs and reduces operator errors. Previously difficult to view samples can be measured more accurately with a new HD video camera with Video Edge Detection (VED), and fully dimmable stage illumination.

Swift PRO feature-rich software is easy to operate. The one click measurement setup allows for an instant profile and surface measurement.

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Vision Engineering saddened by loss of founder Rob Freeman, MBE

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Vision Engineering Ltd is saddened by the loss of founder Rob Freeman, MBE, who passed away on 19th August, aged 84.

Rob Freeman, born in 1933 in Singapore, grew up in Woking, Surrey and was a toolmaker who worked as a race mechanic with the Jaguar Racing team in the 1950s. He developed a borescope that enabled internal race engine components to be inspected, without taking the engine apart. This innovation led to the foundation of Vision Engineering in 1958.

In 1996, Rob was awarded the MBE, in recognition of his services to the British optical industry.

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On 13th June 2017, Rob Freeman presided over the opening of the Freeman Building, Vision Engineering’s purpose-built global headquarters, manufacturing and R&D facility, in Send, Woking, UK. The new building, close to the site of the original 1950s factory, is named after Rob Freeman and was officially opened by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Surrey and the Mayor of Guildford.

Mark Curtis, managing director, on behalf of the staff of Vision Engineering, commented:

“We are extremely saddened by the death of our company founder, Rob Freeman. He was a true pioneer of engineering who learnt his trade during the glory days of British car racing and aerospace and whose dynamism, grit and ingenuity created a thriving business, which continues to grow and innovate today.

Rob enjoyed a challenge and was an early leader in the development of overseas technical markets, to the point where 92% of the company’s turnover comes from export. It was a great privilege and pleasure to work with him and we are glad that he was able to see the completion of the building dedicated to his legacy. We extend our deepest sympathies to Rob’s family, colleagues and many friends, who remember him with great fondness.”

The company is now an award-winning manufacturer holding several patents for its ergonomic microscopes and measurement systems, which are used extensively by manufacturers in the electronics, automotive and aerospace industries.

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Grand opening of Vision Engineering headquarters for pioneering stereo microscope manufacturer

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Rob Freeman MBE, the Mayor of Guildford and the Lord Lieutenant of Surrey opened the Freeman Building, the new Vision Engineering’s HQ, design & innovation hub.

Send, Woking, June 2017: Vision Engineering Ltd, an award-winning manufacturer of ergonomic inspection and measurement microscopes, hosted a grand opening of its new global headquarters in Send on Tuesday 13th June. The new building was opened by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant and the Mayor of Guildford.

Vision Engineering’s new building is named in honour of Rob Freeman, MBE, a toolmaker who worked as a race mechanic with the Jaguar Racing Team and developed a borescope for inspecting internal race engine parts without the need for disassembly. Now aged 87, Rob Freeman is still Chairman of the growing company.

Vision Engineering was founded in 1958 and holds several patents on its high-tech optical systems, which it supplies to organisations all over the world that require high specification, ergonomic inspection and measurement systems in the automotive, aerospace, electronics, medical and mobile manufacturing sectors.

Employing 120 people at its headquarters in Send and more than 200 staff worldwide, with offices across Europe, North America and Asia, as well as a fully trained global distribution network, Vision Engineering is the only manufacturer of stereo microscopes left in the UK and will export 90 per cent of the products developed and manufactured at its new, purpose-built facility in Send.

The Freeman Building was built by Beard Construction of Brookwood, with BBF Fielding of Woking as the lead consultants and architects. The new global HQ and factory replaced the old 33,000 ft2 Send Road factory in Send and the 28,000 ft2 assembly, warehousing and commercial offices on the Monument Way West industrial estate, in Woking, UK.

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Vision Engineering and Luxo partnership brings magnified collaboration

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The comprehensive range of co-branded professional bench magnifiers expands Vision Engineering’s current product portfolio and gives customers a greater choice of quality inspection solutions.

Vision Engineering, the leading-edge manufacturer of unique patented ergonomic inspection systems and Luxo Corporation, part of the Glamox Group and a widely recognized manufacturer of innovative arm-based illuminated bench magnifiers and lighting solutions, have announced a new strategic business partnership. From 1st of July 2017 Vision Engineering will offer a full range of co-branded magnifiers to the North American and Central Europe industrial markets directly and through their authorized distribution channel.

Mark Curtis, Vision Engineering’s Managing Director, commented:

We are very excited to work with Luxo Corporation. This business partnership reflects our commitment to provide our customers with a high quality product portfolio and outstanding customer service”.

The comprehensive range of co-branded professional bench magnifiers expands Vision Engineering’s current product portfolio and gives customers a greater choice of quality inspection solutions.

Knut Rusten, Glamox Senior VP Professional Building Solutions, said:

The collaboration with Vision Engineering allows us to jointly develop a range of products which can be applied to a broader range of technical markets that can be accessed through Vision Engineering’s global direct and indirect sales channels”.

With over 140 years of combined optical experience, both Vision Engineering and Luxo Corporation are global manufacturers known for their superior quality and reliability of products, often serving in harsh industrial conditions.

Vision Engineering and Luxo Corporation are working together to facilitate a seamless transition of the business, without interruption of customer service.

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Control fair to showcase new Vision Engineering metrology systems

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Enabling new capabilities

At this years Control show in Stuttgart, Germany, Vision Engineering will be showcasing their latest range of metrology systems – Swift PRO (Duo, Cam and Elite).

Swift PRO is a powerful yet easy & simple to operate range of non-contact measuring systems. Combining the latest optical and video measurement technologies, the Swift PRO is the right tool for a broad range of applications from electronics and aerospace to plastic and medical parts manufacturing where reporting and quality control is in demand.

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Thanks to its design, fast & accurate 3-axis measurement, and user friendly interface the Swift PRO provides shop floor operators with quick and easy way of measuring components and reporting. With simplicity at its core the system can be used by shift workers or advanced users requiring only a minimal training. This decrease significantly staff costs and reduces operator errors.

Swift PRO feature-rich software is easy to learn and operate, providing instant profile and surface measurement, advanced reporting and basic system control. Previously difficult to view samples can be measured more accurately with a new HD video camera with Video Edge Detection (VED), and fully dimmable stage illumination. Measuring stages, 200mm x 100mm and 150mm x 100mm, provide up to 5μm accuracy and come with a choice of either robust QC3000 controller/microprocessor or easy to use PC software offering flexibility and small footprints.

Swift PRO Duo

Swift PRO Duo is the only video measuring system to incorporate an ergonomic measuring microscope. Combined video & microscope technologies allows for seamless switching between video and microscope measurement. The patented optical viewer offers high resolution surface inspection.

Swift PRO Cam

Swift PRO Cam is the perfect entry-level video measuring and inspection system. With its HD video camera and large measuring stage the Swift PRO Cam the system operator can simply “place & measure” a wide range of precision parts.

Swift PRO Elite

Swift PRO Elite is a simple optical measuring microscope providing accurate measurement even for notorious difficult subjects such as black or transparent plastics. Patented optical viewer (head) clearly defines edges and offers superb resolution and true-colour images. Swift PRO Elite employs a high stability stand with a precision engineered bearing assembly to optimise X, Y measurements at different plane heights.

Outstanding ergonomics with eyepiece-less technology

The new Swift PRO Duo and Elite incorporates patented Dynascope® technology. This technology removes the need for conventional microscope eyepieces, offering the user a superior image of the subject and allows operators to take accurate measurements whilst wearing prescriptive glasses, safety goggles and contact lenses. Other technology benefits include a large field of view and peripheral vision.

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Cutting edge visual inspection & new non-contact measuring systems and contract manufacturing services at Southern Manufacturing 2017

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Vision Engineering, a global supplier of ergonomically designed visual inspection & non-contact measuring systems and contract manufacturing service, are attending this year’s Southern Manufacturing & Electronics Show. The show is being held between 21st to 23th March at FIVE in Farnborough, UK. Vision Engineering Ltd can be found at stand N31.

Vision Engineering will be displaying their award winning visual inspection systems and next gen non-contact measuring systems. Since 1958, Vision Engineering has got a worldwide recognition for its pioneering and forward thinking technologies.

Vision Engineering products represent cutting edge technologies and ergonomics, giving customers the ability to achieve a high level of quality inspection. This also leads to improved productivity and overall staff wellbeing. Their innovative, reliable and technology advanced products such as Mantis, Lynx EVO and Swift shape the future of the workplace where microscopes and non-contact measuring are used.

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The current generation of Mantis, low magnification stereo microscopes, provides superior comfort to the user over traditional microscopes, with the ‘eyepiece-less’ technology, providing freedom of head movement and the ability to wear glasses, contact lenses or safety goggles.

The Lynx EVO, high magnification stereo microscope, is an award winning stereo microscope that is truly ergonomic. The patented high quality optical viewer replaces conventional eyepieces and provides a choice of multi stand design helping operators to overcome the ergonomic challenges faced with traditional binocular design, such as eye fatigues, neck and back pains.

The next gen of the Swift family video measuring systems has been equipped with a new high resolution HD camera improving edge detection capabilities and large measuring stage. The new Swift is simple to operate and provide quick, accurate yet simple optical and on screen inspection of complex precision parts.

Vision Engineering’s division of contract manufacturing engineers will be offering advice and interpreting optical and opto-mechanical demands to ‘production ready’ drawings. They will guide you on how to optimise your current manufacturing or production processes.

The Southern Manufacturing & Electronics show is expected to draw more than 5,000 attendees to see advanced technologies from top-tier exhibitors who supply solutions for a wide variety of vertical markets, including electronics, aerospace, automotive and more…