February 6, 2019, San Francisco, California— 4D Technology Corporation’s handheld 4D InSpec® XL defect inspection gage has received the 2019 PRISM Award in test and measurement. Judging entries from around the world, thirty-three jurors selected “products that make a difference, solve problems, and improve life through photonics,” according to the awards’ committee. Award juror Leo Baldwin, Amazon Principal Engineer, said, “The PRISM Awards have become the preeminent affirmation of innovation in photonics.”
The award was given to the 4D InSpec XL for its utility and importance in making instant, qualifying, 3D measurements of surface features on manufactured parts being evaluated for use, rework, or scrap. 4D InSpec XL surpasses visual and fingernail methods with both 2.5-µm resolution, and a large 15 x 15 mm field of view. It measures features up to 9 mm in height, permitting a wide variety of feature inspection. It’s superior to optical profiling in price and convenience—and because it’s handheld and portable, it can run in battery-powered field and shop floor operation, on a benchtop, or attached to a robot arm. By providing better, faster measurements up to the specification limit, the gage increases yield—essential to increasing revenue and throughput for shops in industries dependent on processing quickly, efficiently and with high confidence.
4D InSpec XL was released to the market in 2018 and is currently being adopted in critical parts manufacturing and rework sectors such as aerospace, aviation and automotive manufacturing and MRO. The device provides instant qualification determination, measuring depth and height of features, radius of curvature, and verifying textures that are necessary to part acceptance. It measures features like rivets, pits, corrosion and wear on many materials, including metals, plastics and painted surfaces.
The 4D InSpec XL joins the original 4D InSpec in the product’s family. It offers a larger field of view and depth of field as compared to the smaller, more agile, original. Both 4D InSpec gages are available worldwide through distributors and representatives of 4D Technology Corporation in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australia, as well as directly, elsewhere.
4D Technology Corporation, a Nanometrics business unit, is a manufacturer and innovator in metrology that uses interferometry and polarized light. Their products measure shape and quality of optical components, and inspect high-precision, engineered surfaces in industrial, automated and other environments that require high-speed acquisition of surface data. Customers in semiconductor, aerospace, defense, medical components, machining, 3D printing and hard sciences have depended on measurements using 4D Technology instruments for nearly twenty years.