ABB introduced at the recent Fabtech 2017 Exhibition in Chicago a new robotic inspection system that was developed through a collaboration between ABB and UB3D (company it acquired in February 2017), a provider of digital, 3D inspection and quality control solutions.
ABB says it’s the first robot-integrated inspection solution that digitizes and simplifies quality control while improving cycle times. It consists of a 3D white-light scanning sensor mounted to the arm of an ABB robot, relying on the agility of the robot to provide the precise movements necessary for the sensors to access most areas of both simple and complex parts from the optimum angle.
While a stand-alone or hand-held scanner allows users to make punctual checks, automated 3d digitizing systems provide the greatest improvement to the production process. They offer the ability to undertake repeated dimensional controls on components, as well as to carry out a 100% production inspection within a short time-cycle.
The sensor technology rapidly records and compares highly detailed geometric and surface data with digital CAD models, enabling the automated inspection of manufactured parts and pieces, helping factories to reduce cycle times while raising quality and reducing the risk of quality control errors.
The turnkey inspection and quality-control system is ideal for automotive original equipment manufacturers, aerospace companies and customers in other sectors such as metals and plastics.
The system represents the future of flexible manufacturing, enabling a high level of automation with advanced data analysis that can be used to optimize production processes. The helps manufacturers improve quality and productivity while accommodating greater product variation and customization in smaller lots.
Inspection solutions are offered for every stage in the production process – prototype, pre-production, ramp up and mass production.
- “Plug & Play” system – easy automated inspection to simplify operation for production employees.
- “Shop floor” inspection – to provide rapid feedback about production process variations, for improved process control and scrap reduction.
- Cost reduction – reduction of the faulty parts replacement while value is added by the capacity of ensuring 100% quality.
- Competitiveness increase – time saving on inspection process execution and big savings based on the reduction of revision campaigns.