VHX Feature Comparison

What is the tradeoff when using a larger travel stage?

The VHX microscope comes with a programming interface that allows advanced users to create their own user interfaces. This enables a larger machine to be built around the VHX. This is called operating the VHX through “remote control.” There are substantial benefits of operating the VHX in this manner, but there are a number of features that lose support as well.

Larger Measuring Volume

by using longer travel positioning stages.

More automation

by using more advanced programmable motion controllers.

Larger images

by using more powerful processors and additional image stitching engines.

Feature Loss

some standard Keyence VHX features do not work with additional programming interfaces.

Supported features table

This table shows the main microscope functions under native Keyence control vs. under remote control. The remote control user interface is called ScanX. When ScanX is disconnected from the microscope the standard Keyence software behaves as usual. ScanX will still be used to jog the motorized stages even if it is disconnected to the microscope.  

ABCDEFG
1
Function is Keyence SupportedFunction is Peak Metrology Supported
2
FunctionSub-FunctionSupported via 7000N ControllerThrough ScanX softwareThrough VHX software (individual images), but ScanX must be disconnected first*Details
3
ConsoleOperator handheld controls
4
Observation functionAuto focus functionRequires Keyence motorized Z stage
5
Manaul focus using Keyence Z stage
6
Focus view functionNot SupportedNot Supported
7
Lighting shift function (height difference enhancement)ScanX supports Full and Partial Coaxial, Full and Partial Ring, Mix, and Manual Brightness Adjustments
8
Multi-lighting functions
9
Changing lens magnification
10
Camera-shake correcting functionsNot SupportedCan be supported through ScanX if desired. Consult Peak Metrology.
11
Optical shadow effect mode function
12
Motorized XY Jog funtion
13
Motorized large travel Z ("V") stage motion and joggingNot Supported
14
Manual tilt ("T") stage motion and observationNot SupportedNot Supported
15
Motorized tilt ("T") stage motion and joggingNot Supported
16
Capturing and saving individual images and videos
17
Display functionFull screen display function
18
Split screen funtion
19
Real-time digital zoom
20
Comment display function
21
Image optimization functionGlare eliminating function Can be supported through ScanX if desired. Consult Peak Metrology.
22
Ring eliminating function
23
HDR functionCan be supported through ScanX if desired. Consult Peak Metrology.
24
Adjusting shutter speed/gain
25
Sharpening image mode
26
Stitching function 2D image stitchingGlare or Ring Removal, Optical Shaddow Effect Mode, or HDR sub-functions can be supported through ScanX if desired. Consult Peak Metrology.
27
3D image stitchingNot Supported
28
Manual image stitchingNot Supported
29
Navigation functionNot Supported
30
Teaching FunctionRegister a position list and auto-run batch image acquisitionScanX cannot use Glare or Ring Removal, Optical Shaddow Effect Mode, HDR, or measurement sub-functions
31
Change lens magnification inside of position listNot Supported
32
Stitch images together as part of position listNot SupportedNot Supported
33
Use depth composition inside of a position listNot SupportedCan be supported through ScanX if desired. Consult Peak Metrology.
34
3D functionLive depth composition function
35
Quick Composition and 3D functionQuick composition can be supported through ScanX if desired. Consult Peak Metrology. 3D function is not supported.
36
Fine depth composition
37
Manual 3D composition
38
3D display function
39
3D shape correction function
40
3D 2-screen simultaneous comparison function
41
Recording functionReport output (Excel)
42
Recording settings reproduction function
43
Timer capture function
44
Video recording/playback function
45
Measurement functionDistance, angle, radius, area, etc.
46
Automatic edge detection
47
Scale display
48
Automatic count, area measurement functions
49
Automatic area measurements
50
Grain size analysis
51
Contamination analysisNot Supported
52
One-click measurementNot Supported
53
Auto measurement
54
Teaching auto measurementNot Supported
55
Lens/zoom automatic recognition function (TRIPLE’R)
56
Auto calibration
57
One push calibration functionNot Supported
58
CSV storage
59
3D measurement function (VHX-H5M option function3D profile measurement
60
Point-to-point height measurement function
61
3D volume measurement
62
Roughness measurement
63
Manual XY measurement
system (VHX-H3M3 option function)
XY stage measurementNot Supported
64
Wide image display functionNot Supported
65
* When ScanX is disconnected from the microscope the functions remaining on the Keyence microscope side will mimic a system using a manual XY stage.

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