WENZEL Software part 1- How to measure quick and easy with WM | Quartis
This is part 1 of WENZEL software solutions to learn about the basics of the WM | Quartis. Stay tune in our series #allaboutblades and you can learn more in the following weeks about the details of blade measuring within WM | Quartis.
When we hear our customers in their Quartis training sessions say sentences like “Quartis is easy to use and very intuitive software even for beginners” or “Quartis is fully compatible and works with even wider variety of sensors than other software in the market” it awakens your curiosity to know more about Quartis, let's dig deeper and see what we find.
Thoughts before you start
We start thinking what our initial situation is when I thinking about to use the Quartis to measure, questions like:
- What data we have:
- Drawing? That you can import to Quartis
- CAD model? Which I can convert in Quartis such CATIA , DXF, IGES, Inventor, Parasolid, Pro/Enginieer, Creo, Siemmens NX,Solid Edge, SolidWorks,STEP,VDA, ACIS/OnterOp etc
- Test plan from your customers Q-DAS format or others? You can use those to create small programs with Quartis
- Reference part? That you can easy determinate the nominal values to evaluate.
- What we want to have as output?
- A test report saved as a pdf or printed?
- An export file for a superodinates system (Q-DAS. Ipp or text files)
- An Excel file?
All this easy possible in Quartis, but what If we need more information like the information about the workpiece, e.g. customer name, article number, current part, batch number, production machine, production step, this data can be recorded during measurement and stored in the Quartis database (MS Access or MS SQL Server)
They are then available for report generation or export and can also be retrieved later together with the measurement results in the Quartis database..
Then when I have all my answers we can look closer to Quartis.
Time for a closer look at WM Quartis
Let’s see how easy is to use Quartis to measure, evaluate and report starting with the GUI of Quartis. We use the Microsoft user interface (Microsoft Fluent interface) following its guides and rules, menus, toolbars, bars, buttons etc. In the top you can find all the tool bars that you need for the Quartis functions, machine setup, measuring, and evaluating of those measured features. These tool bars are fixed and always shown.
In the middle of the screen you can find your workplace with different windows to activate. These can be the graphics window, a database table, the program code, the reports section etc.. All these workplaces have separate tool bars that show up on top whenever you work within these workplaces. On the left there is a elements window that show you the details of whichever element you clicked on. On the right you can find the status of your machine, workpiece, measurement, probe, axis system, temperatures etc.
How do you measure something?
You always start from left to right in the tool bar. After using the Quartis bar (create, open, save, import, export, settings) and loading your CAD-model you can switch over to the next tool bar.
The Machine bar opens like every Microsoft Office products we see all the functionalities regarding the machine for example calibrate our probe system or to set up the reference sphere settings.
In the Measuring bar we see all the functionalities we need to measure elements, construct elements and piece alignment. After aligning your workpiece inside Quartis manually or automatically via given program structures you can start the automated measuring. You simple choose your element in the measuring bar, click onto the CAD model, check your measurement settings, confirm and the measurement (e.g. measuring strategy, filters, additional safety patchs, etc.) will be performed in real time virtually inside Quartis and physically by the machine.
In the Features bar we find all the elements we can evaluate. You simply chose a feature you want to evaluate (straightness, symmetry, position, etc.), choose your measured element and the evaluation is done. Advanced settings depending on how you want to evaluate specific features are available too.
To switch to the Report bar you have to switch form the graphical workplace to the report workplace. The corresponding tool bar will show up. By creating a new report you can choose to use an empty page or a self-made template depending on what is relevant for your company . Now you simply choose a picture fo your part, the elements that you want to include within your report and everything will be aligned within the report automatically. We can save the report as Quartis reports, pdf, text, CSv
How do I automate this?
All these things can be tracked by the program manager that automatically saves each step of your work and saves it as a “step list”. The next time you want to measure the same part you simply load your program, press start and every step will be done in the same way. No manual programming or code-writing is needed.
You have to add a pricture of Quartis with the workpiece shown and the program list shown on the right. Also mark the program window.
After this overview we can conclude with the certain that Quartis is easy and intuitive, is a flexible solution for a wide range of measuring tasks,
- WM Quartis is easy to learn
- The database offers the possibility to store measurement results in a traceable way
- A wide range of standard-compliant evaluations are offered
- Offline programming is available at any time
- Reporting is easy
- Import and export functions support our users
On Part 2 you can learn about the details of blade measuring within Quartis.
With WM Quartis you can generate meaningful results quick and easy!!
Stay tune and learn how easy is to measure and evaluate blades with WM Blade Analyzer in the following weeks #allaboutblades