Measuring Tube and Pipe the Easy Way with VTube-LASER Connection to these measuring centers:
HEXAGON Absolute Arms (Formerly ROMER arms)
Revware MicroScribe Arms
Starting in 2010, Advanced Tubular raised the bar for tube measuring by using decades of experience to create measuring center software that is unlike anything you've ever seen before. Because VTube-LASER uses laser scanning technology, we were able to take advantage of the strengths of collecting point clouds of surface data.
Why Upgrade to VTube-LASER v3?
There are lots of reasons to upgrade to VTube-LASER 3. You can see the 30-second version of the list in the video on the right.
You can also download the same features list in a PDF document on the VTube-LASER v3 Features page.
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Major Inventions that Make VTube-LASER Unique
Invented in 2020
VTube BEND PROFILE RINGS
Even though VTube-LASER can calculate and qualify the centerline radius - it isn't usually what customers need to qualify. Rather, the location of the bend profile walls in space relative to the nominal bend profile walls is very important - and needs to be qualified in some applications.
We refer to this space as the "Bend Profile Envelope." Bend profile envelopes are represented in VTube-LASER as simple bend profile RINGS - each with 4 points that surround the center of each bend. Then it becomes simple to compare four points extracted from the scanned data with the 4 nominal points in the bend profile ring.
This feature is packed with power: VTube-LASER allows you to scan inside the bend, inside and outside, and inside/outside/top/bottom. If you scan just the inside, then that is the part of the ring that is compared. It calculates the location of the outer most point in the ring, the bend radius, the in-plane change (for flattening), and the perpendicular plane change for Ovality% and OOR% (your choice). We include every useful attribute for qualification of a bend profile.
Invented in 2020
VTube SCAN SCORE
In VTube-LASER v3, we've added a way to allow users to know if their cylinder scan technique is reasonably consistent with a historical database of tube cylinder scans.
The overall scan score is a composite value from VTube-LASER including wobble deviation, cylindricity, out-of-round%, nearpass deviation, and dual cylinder fit uncertainty.
The score value is a percentage where 100% is perfectly consistent. Over 100% shows a better scan than usual. If a score is much lower than 100% then the operator is warned that something may be wrong. He/she may be wise to rescan the part to be sure that the new lower number is the new score norm.
Invented in 2020
VTube SOLIDWORKS BUILDER with Automated Drawings
Based on customer feedback, we've enhanced the SOLIDWORKS BUILDER feature in VTube-LASER v3. Customers requested that we allow VTube-LASER to not only build the parametric part - but also the orthographic drawing based on that part.
The automatic drawings include one, two, or three views, balloons that point to the intersection points, the XYZ blocks, and the LRA (bender data) blocks.
Invented in 2018
We worked with one our customers (MEC, Inc.) to perfect averaging of multiple tube measurements - and performed tests on when MTA is important to use. The MTA feature can average any number of tube measurements together easily.
We have customers that now make MTA a required standard process for measuring all large diameter tubes. This feature is so important that we added the ability for technicians to set up VTube-LASER to require users to use MTA measurements.
Invented in 2017
DCF (DUAL CYLINDER FIT)
One of our most important breakthrough inventions is the DCF feature.
This feature measures the tube twice when you measure it once and then reports an absolute uncertainty value that helps you know for sure that the last cylinder measurement is good. If the value is too high, then VTube-LASER asks you to remeasure the same straight again.
Invented in 2016
DCP (DIAMETER CUT PLANE)
The DCP feature was invented to allow VTube-LASER to measure tubes or wires that either turn back on themselves or they are in crowded environments. Examples would be small wire-bent parts or exhaust headers.
Invented in 2012
REAL-TIME CYLINDER FIT TEST
Every cylinder that is scanned is required to pass a 5-level cylinder test that ensures that the surface points and calculation are excellent before moving to the next scan.
Wobble Deviation: The math engine reports this value to indicate how much potential wobble it expects in deviation in the centerline of the cylinder. The smaller the number, the better.
Cylindricity: This is an actual measurement of the distance between the highest point and the lowest point in the cloud relative to the centerline.
Out-of-round%: Every tube cylinder is out of round. This shows how how much out-of-round the cylinder is. For example 1.5% means that it is 98.5% round.
Near Pass: This shows how near the two 3D lines are when they intersect.
DCF Uncertainty: This splits the odd stripes and the even stripes then calculates two centerline end points for comparison to each other to report what mathematicians call the absolute uncertainty value.