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CARTO

Quick and easy to use software for XL-80 and XM-60 laser measurement.

CARTO release 3.3

Now supports angular dynamic capture using XL-80

CARTO software suite guides the user through the workflow of the measurement process, from setting up a test to analysing the data.

The intuitive user interface and the flow of the software matches the easy set-up of the XM-60 multi-axis calibrator and XL-80 laser.

As part of our continuous improvement strategy, there will be regular releases of CARTO to add measurement types and features to support XM-60 and XL-80.  See CARTO release comparison tables for more details on XL-80 laser functions in CARTO.

Features and benefits

The CARTO suite is made up of two applications; Capture to collect laser interferometry data and Explore to provide powerful analysis to international standards and more.

CARTO features a database system which automatically stores and organises data for the user.  This simplifies operation and allows users to quickly and easily compare data across multiple machines over time.

Capture

  • Choose between 'target-based mode' or 'free-run mode' ('free-run mode' is only available with XM-60) to suit your application.
  • Automatic sign detection. The directions of measured errors are automatically determined relative to the machines axes, reducing human error.
  • Intuitive user interface allows new users to begin capturing data quickly with minimum fuss.
  • Step-by-step flow for efficient navigation.

Explore

  • Produce customised test reports with only a few clicks using Report builder.
  • Overlay multiple results to see comparisons easily.
  • Produce combined PDF results with all six error channels displayed in the format of the required international standards (available for XM-60 only).
  • Easily import legacy files to the database using file importer function.

Free-run mode (XM-60 only)

  • Two straightness errors and three angular errors are all plotted against linear position.
  • Capture data immediately, without having to define the positions or even the number of targets.  Perfect for on-the-fly investigations.
  • Triggering can be manual (with a key press), automatic (based on stability of position) or continuous (captured during motion at a user-defined interval).
  • Visual adjustments gauges give a live display of each error channel for feedback whilst making adjustments to the machine

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Highlights for latest CARTO release

  • Linear and angular dynamic capture using XL-80
  • Improvements to averaged readings (XL-80 only)
  • Data comparison now compatible for ‘free-run' mode
  • Ability to view saved ‘free-run' tests
  • Straightness analysis to ISO 10791-1 standard
  • Straightness analysis to ASME B5.54 2005 standard

Software download

PC requirements

Windows 7 Professional Service Pack 1 or above, 64 bit operating system recommended, 2 GB available hard disk space, screen resolution of 1024 x 768 or above, PDF viewer. This installer will also install, if not already installed: .NET 4.6.1 and Visual C++ runtimes for 2015 and 2017.