There are many features included in the basic MasterScanner system. The features below are included with every MasterScanner. Click each feature below to see the full capability of the feature.
The main function of the MasterScanner is to check threaded gages and parts. On average, checking a standard thread gage takes about 2-4 minutes, depending on the size and the pitch. Each scan gives the following list of parameters on the automatically generated cert.
- Major Diameter
- Minor Diameter
- Pitch Diameter
- Half Angle
- Full Angle
The MasterScanner comes preloaded with both a .dxf converter and CAD software. The .dxf converter will allow the scan that the MasterScanner takes to be opened in the CAD software. The use of the CAD software allows any custom parts that the MasterScanner does not automatically generate measurement results to be obtained through the software.
The MasterScanner also includes a feature to only scan one side of a part and export that to the CAD software as well.
After scanning a gage or part, the MasterScanner will automatically generate a certificate with more information than ever before available. If the gage being scanned is built into the standards database, either through the 80 standards that are included with the MasterScanner, or created by the customer, the cert will take the tolerances into account when generating the certificate. The example cert is explained below:
The front page of the cert can contain major diameter, minor diameter, pitch diameter, pitch, lead, left/right angles, full angle, and taper, depending on the type of gage and the parameters you select to be reported. (pages 1 and 3 of example)
After that, there is a page of every selected parameter, per thread scanned. This table can actually show gage wear or and manufacturing issue on a part. If the data seems to be trending a specific way, it could mean that a wheel needs dressing, a tool needs to be replaced or that the front end of a gage is being worn. (pages 2 and 4 of example)
Sometimes looking at a wall of numbers can be daunting and difficult to draw conclusions from so the MasterScanner can include a page that compares the actual readings to the tolerance, per parameter. (page 6 of example)
There is a graph of the actual profile. Here you can visually see the form of your threads and sometimes that alone is enough to see a manufacturing issue, thread wear or that there is some sort of obstruction in the threads. Note: the MasterScanner will scan through oils and some dirt, but metal chips and other debris can be picked up on a scan. (page 7 of example)
Finally, the MasterScanner can print out a sheet explaining where the data point taken falls in relation to the tolerance of the gage. This is all explained on an optional sheet. (page 5 of example)
The attached example cert is a go/nogo gage, so they are combined into one full certificate. This is with all options turned on. You have the option to pare down the number of pages and data being reported. Note how the colors are used to indicate an out of tolerance condition on the first page and the intolerance parameters are in plotted between the tolerance lines with a green dot.
As this cert does not always meet a lab’s quality system, there is another option available for a custom certificate.