Air measurement is a non-contact dimensional and geometrical measuring technique that allows to reach unsuspected accuracies. This ancestral technology, which is particularly easy to incorporate into automatic lines or machines, is now being given a second lease of life and is attracting more and more integrators who are opting for this solution to the detriment of traditional inspection methods. Our Sylvac D70A, D400S units as well as the MB-AG air modules allow fast, high-precision measurements to be carried out on parts that have not been cleaned beforehand, without any influence from the operator. All these advantages explain the growing success of this range of products. Please contact us for more information.
Version 1.5.3 of our popular Sylcom data collection software is available with many new features:
- Possibility to simply create an inspection plan by importing characteristics (name, nominal, tolerances, etc.) from an existing Excel file.
- Changes made in the source file can be automatically applied to the inspection plan.
- Possibility to force the operator to use a specific instrument for a specific control (only this instrument with a defined serial number can be used
- Possibility to force the operator to enter the reason why a variable (dimension) or an attributive control (GO/NG) is to be reworked or discarded.
It is Hans-Ulrich Meyer, one of Sylvac's founders, who brought basic research into the company. From the early days, he was at his father's side and then alone, and was responsible for the development of the first column measuring systems. He is brilliant, sharp in his domain and has a particularly sharp analytical mind.
In 1969 he helped his father and his cousin in the development of an electronic clock which was a failure. In order to improve himself, he decided to reinforce his knowledge in electronics after his studies as a mechanical engineer.
Hans-Ulrich left to complete a Masters degree in electronics and worked in the USA in the 1970s, where he corresponded with his father on the digitization of mechanical measuring instruments.
Back in Switzerland, Hans-Ulrich Meyer develops the « système linéaire de mesure à variation de capacité» (SYLVAC : linear measuring system with capacitance variation) for the measuring column. This is the first of a long series of sensors that have made it possible to digitize such common instruments as calipers and micrometers.
The Sylvac Anywhere application is available in version 1.3.8. In addition to being able to connect all your Bluetooth instruments and send your data, the major new feature is the possibility to configure the virtual keyboard of the instruments for use in HID mode.
Regional settings and different keyboard types sometimes require us to configure our instruments to communicate properly with the computer in HID mode. This can now be done easily on your smartphone or tablet using the Sylvac Anywhere application.
As a reminder, our instruments have 3 Bluetooth connection profiles: SIMPLE, PAIRED or HID.
- The SIMPLE profile allows the instruments to be connected to several devices, but with only one active connection, based on the "first come, first served" principle.
- The PAIRED profile allows multiple instruments to be connected and locked (paired) to a specific device, allowing many control stations to be located side by side in a small space.
- The HID profile simulates a keyboard action and therefore allows data to be sent without the need for additional software. The instrument can be connected to a single specific device, but the device can accept different inputs (keyboard, barcode readers, etc.).
How to configure the virtual keyboard of the instrument for use in HID mode?
- The first time the instrument is connected in Simple mode (by default), the Sylvac Anywhere application asks the user if he wants to configure the virtual keyboard of his instrument. The user has then only to follow the procedure.
- During the automatic configuration, the application will detect the regional settings of the phone or tablet to define the keyboard to be updated on the instrument connected to Sylvac Anywhere.
- The instrument can then be connected to the computer in HID mode and communicate correctly.
The virtual keyboard can also be set manually via the menu on the left under Instruments/Configure.
For a better follow-up of the exported values, you can enter the name of the part to be measured in the Settings menu.
Don't wait any longer and download the V1.3.8 update from App Store or Google Play.
Urs Schnyder, one of the founders of Sylvac, was the brilliant mechanic of the team he formed with his cousin and uncle. He counted for the company, which benefited from his extraordinary know-how in precision mechanics. As an apprentice, he machined watch parts in the cellar of his parent's house to make a little money. He then set up the micromechanics workshop that would become Sylvac with the support of his uncle Hans Meyer. The latter will place one order after another, allowing Urs Schnyder to familiarize himself with the world of dimensional measurement.
It is to Urs Schnyder that Sylvac owes the precision of his rules. Based on a method quite similar to that used for electronic circuits, their manufacture and marketing gave Sylvac a long lead over its competitors.
An entrepreneur at heart and a virtuoso in interpersonal relations, Urs Schnyder is remembered as someone who was intuitive, who understood people particularly well, which (almost) always helped him make the right decisions.
In 1969 he founded the precision engineering company that became Sylvac together with his uncle Hans Meyer, to whom he was very close.