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Original ZEISS Adapter Plates for ZEISS CMMs
A CMM from ZEISS is a high-precision system. All components are optimally designed to fit and work together. The adapter plate is an essential interface in your measuring setup as it connects the stylus system to your probe. To ensure your CMM selects the right adapter plate for each workpiece, original ZEISS adapter plates are equipped with an ID-chip that is recognized by your CMM.
Only certified ZEISS adapter plates unlock the full potential of your ZEISS CMM. Their high quality is monitored according to strict test standards to deliver improved quality of measurement results, higher productivity and increased system stability. With the original, reliable measuring is guaranteed.
Your benefits at a glance
Superior adapter plates: the original by ZEISS
Prevention of operating errors and incorrect measurements
ZEISS adapter plates identify stylus systems in the software via ID-chip. This technology prevents operating errors and incorrect measurements. Another benefit of the original: More information is available to you on the control panel display, such as measuring pressure or the angle of the active stylus system.
Reduced measuring time
The ‘Fly Scan’ function of original ZEISS adapter plates allows the stylus to smoothly scan interrupted contours without stopping. This results in considerably shorter programming and measuring times. Depending on the workpiece, this procedure can save up to 70% in measurement time, for example in tip circle measurements on gear wheels.
Faster stylus changes
The ‘Quick Change’ software function accelerates the exchange of styli configurations by 50%. The value of this function is most relevant when measuring complex workpieces that require several stylus changes. All of the VAST Performance Kit functions can only be used with original ZEISS adapter plates.
More robust data transmission
The refined bearing position of the XXT adapter plates retain system stability while maintaining the same high level of accuracy. Gold-coated contact points improve electrical conductivity, ensuring more robust data transmission. Overall, CMM equipment efficiency is only guaranteed by using the original ZEISS adapter plates.
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Types of Adapter Plates
Original ZEISS adapter plates
The perfect adapter plate for your measuring system
ZEISS VAST adapter plates support ZEISS VAST Gold and ZEISS VAST XT Gold sensors. ZEISS VAST Gold is the ideal sensor for tactile scanning and single-point measurements with long styli. They can handle styli with a length of up to 800 millimetres and a weight of up to 800 grams. This sensor is characterized by its high scanning speeds.
ZEISS VAST XTR
ZEISS VAST XTR adapter plates are the right choice for ZEISS VAST XTR Gold sensors. This type of sensor has an integrated rotation axis, which means that the stylus is aligned in the direction of the feature to be measured.
ZEISS VAST XXT
These adapter plates support ZEISS VAST XXT sensors. This sensor allows high-precision scanning at the ZEISS RDS swivel/rotate joint. The refined bearing point of the XXT adapter plates ensures system stability and a high degree of accuracy. The gold-plated contact points improve electrical conductivity for more robust data transmission.
Protect your adapter plates with ZEISS storage solutions
As with all sensitive metrology accessories, it is particularly important to securely store adapter plates – rather than leave them unprotected in the measuring room or on the machine. You can conveniently protect your sensitive stylus systems from dirt and damages in ZEISS stylus cabinets with specially designed plate holders that store them without risk of falling out. This way, your stylus systems can be used on your CMM in perfect condition whenever they are required.
Easily clean adapter plates the right way
To guarantee reliable transmission of the deflection as well as measurement data, we recommend cleaning your adapter plates at regular intervals. Oil and dust can cause operating errors and prevent reproducible measurements. Especially the three-point contact and the pins of the data chip must be kept clean of impurities. We recommend cleaning the rollers, balls and chip pins with a soft > ZEISS microfibre cloth, or in case of more stubborn stains, with > ZEISS stylus cleaning wipes.
Setting ZEISS VAST and ZEISS VAST XTR adapter plates correctly
The rotational position of the adapter plate is adjusted via three screws on the top. Adjustments have to be made with great care, ideally with a torque wrench: If the screws are not tightened enough, the joint is not rigid enough to obtain reproducible measurement results. If the screws are tightened too much, the entire plate will warp and a secure fit to other system components can no longer be guaranteed. Sounds tricky? > FixAssist® from ZEISS makes setting your adapter plates a breeze.
Prepared for the future
With original ZEISS adapter plates
Guaranteed machine & software functionality
The compatibility of all machine components and software versions developed by ZEISS, including original ZEISS adapter plates, is laboratory-tested. Only original ZEISS adapter plates ensure and guarantee reliable operation.
Future-proof with maximum performance
You only benefit from all performance-optimising software functions by using original ZEISS adapter plates. These let you exploit the full potential of your ZEISS CMM, both today and in the future.
No compromise on machine accuracy
Only original ZEISS adapter plates are extensively evaluated during the engineering process. This guarantees reliable measurement results within the required machine specification.
The history of original ZEISS adapter plates
Ahead of the competition from the very start
Development of MT VAST adapter plates
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It is our ambition to continue to be a leading driver in providing well-aligned solutions in quality assurance and to increase the productivity of our customers.
Large ZEISS exchange campaign to increase the functionalities of adapter plates featuring an active and programmed ID-chip.
Modification of the backward compatible adapter plates to the new ZEISS VAST XT measuring head and introduction of the bore as centering aid.
Modification of the adapter plates to the new ZEISS VAST measuring head and implementation of the coded ID-Chip.
Development of adapter plates to be the first supplier offering CNC-controlled stylus system changes.
Development of VAST XXT adapter plates
Activation of the ID-chip to extend the capabilities of the adapter plate.
Preparing for new features by replacing the ID-Chip and using the DeviceActivator.
Enhancement of the bearing points with gold-plated balls.
The ideal solution for every system
“Choose the VAST technology that best fits your application.”
Frequently asked questions about adapter plates
Why do the screws have to be tightened to 2 Nm?
The tightening torque for the adapter plates is very critical and must be maintained. If the screws are tightened with less torque, there is a risk of the stylus system becoming angled, which may result in measuring errors due to shaft probing. If the screws are tightened too much, the aluminum body of the adapter plate will be distorted and can no longer be picked up by the head properly and the measured values cannot be reproducibly transferred.
Why do the XXT adapter plates have gold spheres?
The golden spheres have been implemented to ensure more stable data transmission. The gold coating transmits electronic data much better than the pure steel sphere as known from previous embodiments. These gold coatings are also known from the audio field, where connectors are also gold-coated. Especially on CMMs that are located in an oil- and dust-containing environment in production, these golden spheres enable considerably better results.
What is the technical background of the activated chip?
Since the introduction of the VAST XT probe, it has been technically possible to identify stylus systems via a chip. This is the basis for a large number of options in machine controls and CALYPSO software. This chip has been activated since 2007 and is used in many applications. Increasingly more features of the machine or the software can only be implemented with the help of these activated chips. You can see plates with activated chop on the ZEISS logo and 2 stickers with article and serial numbers.
Are there special care instructions for adapter plates?
Regardless of the probe used, all adapter plates feature the product as the most important component in the stylus system chain. The plate transfers the probing deflection to the probe. The better and more stable this connection is, the more reliable the measurable values that can be achieved. This transmission safety may be restricted in the case of contaminated or damaged plates. Therefore, we recommend regular cleaning and checking of the critical components under the microscope. The critical components are the 3 glued-in rollers and the so-called anchor plate in the center of the plate. Both should be completely free from contamination and damage. Appropriate cleaning cloths can be used for cleaning. Other cleaning agents may also be used depending on the type and tenacity of the contamination. However, we recommend consulting your ZEISS representative in advance
Can adapter plates of other manufacturers be used safely?
ZEISS adapter plates are part of the ZEISS probe technology, which cannot be copied so easily. The basic functions of the machine and CALYPSO can certainly be used. However, the new controllers and many software options can only read the specially developed technology in the original ZEISS adapter plates. However, many cheap copies on the market are not able to map this particular technology, so it may happen that these no longer work with new controllers or new features. Only original ZEISS adapter plates can guarantee full functionality of the machine.
The ideal stylus system
Learn the central role of adapter plates as an interface between your styli and your CMM, along with important info on extensions and connection elements. Combined correctly, these components shape the ideal stylus system for reliable and reproducible measurement results.