Kestrel Elite toolmakers measuring microscope
Kestrel Elite
Kestrel Elite with rugged microprocessor
Kestrel Elite with tablet PC
Kestrel Elite measuring microscope
Toolmakers' Measuring Microscope

Kestrel Elite

Kestrel Elite is a simple, robust, optical measuring microscope, providing accurate measurements of a wide range of precision components, even difficult subjects such as black or transparent plastics.

  • Measuring range 150mm x 100mm
  • Powerful and intuitive, delivering accurate results with confidence
  • Impressive repeatability and reproducibility
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Kestrel Elite is a high accuracy, low investment measuring microscope, designed to transform your measurement and inspection capabilities.

Small, intricate parts, even difficult-to-view samples such as transparent plastics, can be viewed in microscope-resolution detail through Kestrel Elite's patented optical viewing head, making accurate measurement easy.

Rugged in construction, Kestrel Elite is ideally suited for shop-floor production use, providing simple and accurate measurement of precision component parts.

Highlights

  • Ideal for measuring 2D features of small, intricate parts
  • Patented optical image clearly defines edges, offering superb resolution and contrast
  • 150mm x 100mm measuring stage, with high performance stand, optimised for accurate measurements
  • Choice of rugged microprocessor, or touch-screen PC/tablet
  • Precision manufactured in the EU.

Upgrade your measurement and inspection capabilities

Kestrel Elite is the perfect starting point to upgrade your measurement and inspection capabilities and improve your quality control routines.

Vision Engineering holds world patents for a number of techniques designed to optimse optical and ergonomic performance. Kestrel Elite's patented Dynascope™ technology enables you to view intricate and low contrast objects with confidence, increasing measurement accuracy and productivity while reducing costs.

The superb optical clarity also allows detailed visual inspection to be performed simultaneously.

What is Dynascope™ eyepieceless technology?

Kestrel Elite utilises Vision Engineering's patented Dynascope™ optical projection technology. Dynascope™ technology removes the need for conventional microscope eyepieces, offering the user a superior image of the subject.

Black-on-black? White-on-white? Transparent subjects? Difficult-to-view features may allbe viewed in intricate detail - something not always possible with other measuring devices such asprofile projectors or video-based systems - making it easy to take accurate measurements.

Kestrel Elite is the perfect starting point to upgrade your measurement and inspection capabilities and improve your quality control routines.

Simple. Rugged. Precise.

Kestrel Elite has been designed to cope with the demands of a busy production environment and includes Vision Engineering’s proven 150mm x 100mm precision measuring stage.

The stage comes complete with factory-set Non-Linear Error Correction (NLEC) calibration to ensure optimum accuracy, traceable to international standards for the purposes of ISO9000.

With space at a premium, the Kestrel Elite’s small footprint doesn't take up much room, yet can make a big difference to your production quality

See it, Measure it …

Vision Engineering holds world patents for a number of techniques designed to optimise optical and ergonomic performance.

Kestrel Elite's patented Dynascope™ viewing head enables you to view intricate and low contrast objects with confidence, increasing measurement accuracy and productivity while reducing costs.

Range of applications ...

Customers around the world use Vision Engineering measuring systems for a wide range of non-contact measurement applications, including:

  • Plastic parts (e.g. connectors, tubing, moulding)
  • Medical device implants (e.g. stents, hearing aids)
  • Machined parts for aerospace
  • Automotive and military use
  • General precision engineering
  • Watchmaking

...plus many more applications.

Measuring stage calibration, with NLEC

Non-Linear Error Correction (NLEC) is the most accurate correction method available and uses a software algorithm to calculate and correct any errors across the measuring stage. All measuring stages are factory-set with NLEC calibration prior to installation.

Data processing and reporting

Choice of robust microprocessor, specifically designed for use on the shop floor, or touch-screen PC/tablet with ‘next generation’ measurement software.

Touch-screen PC, or tablet

Touch-screen tablet, or PC

The touch-screen PC (or tablet) combines the power of ‘next generation’ measurement software with enhanced networking and reporting capabilities.

With simplicity at its core, the intuitive software can be used by shift workers or advanced users alike, simplifying complex work steps, with advanced features as standard.

More information on M3 software »

Robust microprocessor

A durable microprocessor offers rugged simplicity, ideal for shop floor use, reducing operator error, while minimising training time.

More information on the ND 122 microprocessor »

To discuss your particular requirements in further detail, please contact your local Vision Engineering representative.

Measurement Uncertainty

(X,Y)

Uncertainty formula U952D = 7+(6.5L/1000)µm,

Where L = length in mm, using controlledconditions with 100x magnification at the standard measuring plane.Increased accuracies may be obtained over shorter measuring lengths.

Optics

Patented twin pupil monoscopic, infinity corrected optical system, with pre-centred crosslinegraticule to both eyes.

  • Option of custom designed graticule, pre-centred to one eye.

Magnification Options (System Total)

  • Quick change magnification options - 10x, 20x, 50x, 100x

Measuring Stage

Precision measuring stage, with factory-set Non-Linear Error Correction (NLEC) calibration as standard.

Measuring Range

(X, Y)

  • 150mm x 100mm (10kg maximum load)

    Height adjustment

    100mm of height adjustment.

    Encoder Resolution

    X = 1µm   Y = 1µm

    Illumination

    Choice of twin semi-coaxial spot lamps, or cool, corrected colour temperature LED surface illumination.

    • Surface and substage illumination options enable adjustment of lighting to suit any application.
    • Substage and surface illumination provides the ability to measure in both profile and surface.

    Dimensions

    Kestrel Elite Dimensions
    • A = 680mm max.
    • B = 430mm
    • C = 480mm

    Accessories

    • 1x objective, 10x total magnification (KE-007)
    • 2x objective, 20x total magnification (KE-008)
    • 5x objective, 50x total magnification (KE-009)
    • 10x objective, 100x total magnification (KE-010)
    • Twin halogen spot illuminator (KE-011)
    • Custom designed graticules
    • Sub-stage colour filters
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    What customers say

    I can tell you from my background of more than 30 years in quality, that the Kestrel unit is one of the best devices I’ve ever used.” Donald D, ATL President

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