2018 – Metrology Year in Review

We look back over 2018 and highlight below some of the stories that are shaping the future of manufacturing metrology.

Metrology Equipment Trend Moving Process Control to Process Knowledge

Manufacturing metrology is migrating from playing a quality control role to becoming an integral part in manufacturing processes. The current trends occurring in manufacturing metrology are: Tactile measurements migrating to optical measurement Manual measuring systems being replaced by automated solutions Measuring systems being relocated from Quality Room to Production Floor Tactile to Optical …

 

Computed Tomography More Than Just Surface Deep?

Author: Gerd Schwaderer Business Development Metrology – Volume Graphics GmbH Introduction: Oh dear, there is a new technology called Industrial Computer Tomography and they pretend it can measure. Didn’t we have exactly the same situation about 20 years ago? There were those guys that used light for metrology. Few people believed in it, and …

What Future Coordinate Measuring Machines?

The Coordinate Measuring Machine has been around for a very long time with the first machines introduced to the market by DEA and Ferranti back in the early 1960’s. These early CMMs were manually operated with ‘hard probing’, eventually migrating to computer controlled CNC units with touch-trigger probes. CMM touch-trigger probe …

 

Smart Manufacturing Network Creates and Manages Digital Twin

Efficient production control is a key industrial technology. The notion of building up two parallel factories instead of one sounds like a doubling of effort. But what if one of the factories existed only in virtual form? This is the basic idea behind the digital twin. The real factory is …

Deep Learning Guide – Combining Artificial Intelligence with Machine Vision

From the phones in our pockets to the reality of self-driving cars, the consumer economy has started to tap into the power of deep learning’s neural networks. This technology is now migrating into advanced manufacturing practices for quality inspection and other judgement-based uses. Deep learning-based image analysis combines the specificity …

 

Machine Vision Integration with Machine Learning Supports Smart Factory and Industry 4.0

Author: Anju Ajaykumar – ARC Integration Increases Machine Vision Value Proposition The global race toward smart manufacturing is driving the use of advanced automation technologies such as machine vision (MV).  MV has become a key technology in both manufacturing and quality control; however, MV is rapidly becoming a crucial building block for …

“An Indicator for Quality is when the Customer Returns, and not the Product”

How the Audi quality assurance works Quality is one of the core competencies of Audi. How does the company ensure a consistent high quality? Blogger Jan Weizenecker took a look at the working mode of quality assurance at the TechDay Quality and discovered, what makes it similar to a marriage. Audi sees …

FactorySmart Sensors To Drive I4.0 Automated Factory

At LMI FactorySmart® is not just another buzzword it has meaning and purpose. FactorySmart represents smart sensors working seamlessly within the modern automated factory environment to improve production based on the principles of Industry 4.0. The main goals of the LMI FactorySmart approach are: •    Increasing productivity (build more widgets) •    Eliminating manual …

“Walk-On” Role of Portable Metrology in Smart Factory Production

Portable metrology equipment has seen a meteoric rise in its role of supporting the various aspects of manufacturing over past decades including reverse engineering, prototype part inspection, low volume production measurements, tooling and fixture inspection and alignment, interrogation of product quality issues etc. One significant characteristic of portable metrology equipment …

 

 

Using X-ray Computed Tomography for Dimensional Metrology

X-ray computed tomography (CT) has successfully entered the field of coordinate metrology as an innovative and flexible non-contact measurement technology for performing dimensional measurements on industrial parts. It provides unique advantages compared to conventional tactile and optical coordinate measuring machines (CMMs), giving the ability to perform nondestructive measurement tasks that …

Metrology Becoming Integral – No longer an Adjunct to Manufacturing in Future

So what did we learn this week from our visit to the Control Exhibition in Stuttgart, Germany? We learnt that metrology is taking center stage in ‘manufacturing of the future’ and that metrology equipment, software and sensor suppliers are ready for the new ‘metro-centric’ future. A buzz of excitement and anticipation …