Operator Training on Vision Systems and Optical Comparators

A thorough understanding of metrology system hardware and software is essential for measurement accuracy, operator productivity, and a good return on investment (ROI). To help customers achieve these objectives, Starrett offers basic operator training as part of its installation services for new vision metrology systems and optical comparators. It also offers operator training at other times as needed.

Basic operator training is purchased by most customers with equipment installation. This training typically takes 1/2 day for a manual system with QC200, QC300, M2, M3 or QC5200 manual software, and 1 day for a CNC system with QC5300 CNC software. Many customers choose to augment the basic CNC training with 1 or 2 days of specialized hands-on training, where operators program actual parts of the type on which they will be working. Training is with the new equipment and is limited to 1 to 3 people, so that these can all get hands-on time. Starrett’s objective is to create power users, who can then train other users when needed.

Additional operator training, with emphasis on software, is offered by Starrett as needed. Classes are typically held on-site at the user facility using the actual equipment on which operators are to be trained. Classes can also be held online with screen sharing, or at Starrett’s plant in Laguna Hills, CA. Classes can be conducted by Starrett installer-technicians, regional sales managers, or factory applications engineers. Click on the tabs below for the typical material covered by each class.

QC200 Series

One-day workshop covering all aspects of the QC200 digital readout. Topics include:

  • Understanding the QC200 user interface
  • Optical edge detection concepts
  • Basic measurements and constructions
  • Setting up a skew and establishing a datum
  • Explanation of 2D geometry measuring tools
  • Printing or outputting data to a computer
  • Programming parts, including using the "Measure Guide"

QC300 Series

One day course to get the most from the QC300 graphical digital readout. Topics include:

  • Understanding the QC300 user interface
  • Optical edge and video edge detection concepts
  • Basic measurements and constructions
  • Setting up a datum reference frame
  • Understanding video tools and screen capture
  • Exporting data to a PC or USB thumb drive
  • Parts programming

M2 Tablet PC

One-day workshop covering all aspects of the M2 tablet PC. Topics include:

  • Understanding the M2 user interface
  • Optical edge detection concepts
  • Basic measurements and constructions
  • Setting up a skew and establishing a datum
  • Explanation of 2D geometry measuring tools
  • Tolerancing concepts and symbols
  • Printing or outputting data to network via Wi-Fi
  • Parts programming, editing and playback

M3 Touch-screen PC

One-day workshop covering all aspects of the M3 touch-screen PC. Topics include:

  • Understanding the M3 user interface
  • Optical edge and video edge detection concepts
  • Basic measurements and constructions
  • Setting up a skew and establishing a datum
  • Explanation of 2D geometry measuring tools
  • Tolerancing concepts and symbols
  • Printing or outputting data to network via Wi-Fi
  • Parts programming, editing and playback

QC5000 Basic

Intensive two-day workshop for new, relatively inexperienced users or for operators looking for a refresher course. Topics include:

  • Optical edge and video edge detection concepts
  • Setup of the user interface for efficient measurement
  • Explanation of icons and toolbars
  • How to set up multiple workspaces for different departments and users
  • Understanding the importance of setting up a datum reference frame
  • Explanation and use of video edge detection tools and image capture
  • Introduction to parts programming
  • Introduction to templates, reports and data transfer

QC5000 Advanced

Two day course for those who already have a basic understanding of QC5000 software and want to learn more about measurement and parts programming. In-depth, advanced training, covering:

  • Understanding of the user interface
  • Calibrating the field of view
  • Video tools including pattern recognition, video overlays and video scanning (worm probe)
  • Templates, runs databases, and advanced reporting tools
  • Profile measurement
  • Programming – using variables, conditional statements, loops, CAD programming and more
  • Troubleshooting routines – what to do if things go wrong