Here is a look at the probing application we’re working on. The app uses the probing macros written by Gosiger Applications Engineer Paul VanCamp. The concept for the application was also based on Paul’s original probing app written in VB.NET windows forms. Paul and I added some probing cycles and gave it face lift using WPF. This was originally part of a bigger custom HMI that we developed for a customer. We decided to take just the probing part of the application and make it a stand-alone application.
The idea is to make it easy for an operator to setup or inspect a part by allowing him to use a graphical interface instead of having to remember all of the input variables that are required for a probing cycle. The operator only needs to manually jog the probe close to the surface, fill in the blanks and run the cycle.
We’re planning to ship this application with every machine that has a probe by the end of the summer.