With the most important event in the exhibition calendar for Quality Control and Metrology equipment and services suppliers fast approaching we preview a few of the many new and innovative solutions that will be showcased at the Control Exhibition April 24 – 27th April in Stuttgart, Germany.
Focus Variation Optical CMM to be unveiled
The purpose of production measurement technology is to monitor component and process quality. Measuring systems verify the dimensional accuracy and surface quality of components and ensure they are within the required specification and in addition, production measurement technology often reduces setup times for personnel, thereby increasing process reliability as well.
A new Alicona optical measurement solution for production metrology, based on Focus-Variation technology, with a measuring volume of 310 x 310 x 310mm is to be unveiled. Alicona claim the new optical system will revolutionize common coordinate measuring techniques providing the possibilities of measuring dimensions, position, shape and roughness with a single sensor. Focus-Variation combines the small depth of focus of an optical sensor with vertical scanning to provide topographical information from the variation of focus.
Booth: 5406 Hall 5 For more information: www.alicona.com
Aberlink CMM going to bigger Xtremes
Aberlink will be demonstrating a larger volume version of its unique non-cartesian Xtreme CMM machine to satisfy the growing demands for automated production inspection. An Xtreme CMM fitted with a new 16 Digital Input/Output Interface will also be exhibited interfaced with a Robot for automatic part loading. The easy to configure I/O Interface will work with any Aberlink CNC CMM and can be quickly managed by the CMM user.
Aberlink will also present a new CMM temperature compensation package, which in addition to multiple part temperature sensors, each of the CMM axis will also include temperature sensors. Aberlink’s MK4 Vision software featuring a wider range of non-contact measurement functions will also be displayed.
Bowers presents redesigned Baty Venture XT Video Machine
Bowers Group will be exhibiting the newly redesigned Baty Venture XT vision system. The video system includes major advances in both capability and software for contact and non-contact measurement. Enhancements include a major redesign of the Fusion software providing users with a self-calibrating zoom lens with field of view error correction and improved auto-focus which can now find and measure from a distance in one move.
Visitors will have the opportunity to find out more about this sophisticated vision system, including the extensive software improvements and its benefits; from the dramatic reduction in program execution times, to effective data transfer for easy generation of reports and certificates.
Booth: 7105 Hall 7 For more information: www.bowersgroup.co.uk
Sheet metal inspection and virtual assembly break-out session
Avizo Universal CT Software Showcased
Thermo Fisher Scientific will showcase the latest version of its Avizo™ Software for Industrial Inspection allowing users to visualize, analyze, measure and inspect parts and materials acquired by X-ray CT, radiography, or microscopy systems. Avizo Software provides a comprehensive set of tools addressing the whole research-to-production cycle and includes programmable automated analysis workflows to perform repeatable inspection and analysis scenarios for pores, voids, inclusions, cracks, lack of fusion, delamination, change of density, and fibers detection and analysis on industrial mono or multi-material parts coming from different manufacturing processes such casting, molding or additive manufacturing. Avizo Software also provides dimensional metrology with advanced measurements, actual/nominal comparison by integrating CAD models.
Booth: 3518 Hall 3 For more information: www.thermofisher.com
Universal 3D Metrology Software Integrates The Smart Factory
Metrologic Group’s focus on standardization is making it possible for the quality chain to work seamlessly, from the quality lab to inline production, and be fully integrated into the manufacturing workflow. The company will demonstrate its software’s ability to operate any 3D measurement device and simultaneously supervise measurement operations taking place throughout an organization.
Metrology is central to manufacturing and to the smart factory since it links the digital part model to the manufactured part. Metrologic software solutions are universal and capable of seamlessly integrating and communicating in network organizations.; a prerequisite for 4.0 factory.
Booth: 3314 Hall 3 For more information: www.metrologicgroup.com
Measure Small Features on Large Components with Alicona-Cobots
Alicona presents at Control its CompactCobot its latest extension to its Cobot series. While the existing DiskCobot and the ToolCobot represent industry-specific solutions for aerospace and mold making applications, the new CompactCobot is a universal solution for measuring surface quality and dimensional accuracy of components.
Alicona-Cobots combine a collaborative 6-axis robot with an optical 3D measuring sensor, delivering repeatable and traceable measurements in high resolution also in a production environment. Usage, programming and measuring of taught-in measurement series do not require any prior metrology knowledge. Hand-guided teach-in of measurement series, automated evaluation and a safety concept without conventional protective housing enables optimal integration into an existing production line.
Booth: 5406 Hall 5 For more information: www.alicona.com
Quality Drives Productivity
Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence will be showcasing its full portfolio of fixed and portable coordinate measuring systems along with its full portfolio of production measurement solutions at this year Control exhibition.
Booth: 5200/5202/5302/5400 Hall 5 For more information: Hexagon Control-2018-Video
Flexible EyeVision Machine Vision Software For Every Image Processing Application
The EVT EyeVision machine vision software with parallel processing function and EyeVision 3D commands offer a graphical user interface for creation of inspection programs with drag-and-drop simplicity. EyeVision has commands to solve every image processing application including pattern matching, object detection/counting, 3D and color inspection, bar code, QR, DMC reading, OCR/OCV, robot guidance, bin-picking, metrology, and thermal imaging.
EyeVision is able to run multiple run-times with several numbers of 2D cameras and 3D sensors with each separate inspection program at the same time with a single computing unit and EyeVision software.
EyeVision 3D ProfileMatch command allows profile scans allowing inspections checks of weld seams and adhesive beads. The EyeVision 3D Unrolling straightens 3D point clouds images of tilt-scans (laser triangulation sensor is rotated) enabling a laser line scanner to scan a large area without necessity of a large linear axis.
For more information: www.evt-web.com
Mecmesin Launch of the OmniTest-5.0 Universal Testing Machine
Mecmesin is launching its new OmniTest-5.0 Universal Testing Machine designed to meet the diverse needs of both R&D laboratories and quality assurance environments and offers enhanced performance and capability making it suitable for both product and materials testing applications up to a capacity of 5kN.
The OmniTest frame and drive system offers excellent rigidity with negligible deflection, with extended throat depth for sample testing up to 200mm diameter, and can test a wide material range including metals, polymers, composites, fabrics, glass and ceramics using the extensive selection of grips and fixtures. A simple front panel allows selection of test parameters live load and length readings and precise manual cross-head positioning.
Mecmesin’s new generation of electronics gives active load control and improved motor performance giving a speed range from 0.01 mm/min to 1200 mm/min with a positional resolution of 0.001 mm. The OmniTest-5.0 incorporates state of the art electronics and a new Enhanced Load Sensor (ELS). Load accuracy is 0.5% rdg with a resolution of 1:25000 allowing a wider range of tests to be performed without the need to select a different load sensor.
Booth 4518 Hall 4 For more information: www.mecmesin.com
Discover FactorySmart Inspection at Control
LMI’s flagship Gocator 3D smart sensors for inline inspection will be showcased at Control including interactive sensor playgrounds and live demonstrations of laser line profilers and snapshot sensors. LMI will also demonstrate its new multi-sensor networking capabilities with full 360º views of the scan target along with a Gocator-powered robotic solution for the automotive industry.
“Automated inline inspection is the core of our Gocator solution. Whether its scanning moving or stationary targets, or large/complex parts and assemblies, Gocator delivers the crucial speed, resolution, and repeatability for inline quality control. Gocator works seamlessly with factory equipment and control systems to optimize your production line.” states Christian Benderoth, Regional Development Manager EMEAR for LMI Technologies.
Booth 8106 Hall 8 For more information: www.lmi3d.com
3D camera system upgraded with 5 MP cameras
The IDS modular 3D camera system, Ensenso X, is now available with 5 MP industrial camera offering larger field of view and more image resolution offering improved 3D point cloud quality. Compared to the currently available 1.3 MP sensors the larger field of view means that the distance between the camera system and the object can be reduced with Z-accuracy improved from to 0.2 mm. Further advantages of the new model include an increase of up to 35% in lateral resolution with more than 30% lower noise allowing details and depth information to be captured more precisely.
Booth: 6406 Hall: 6 For more information: www.ids-imaging.com
Multi-Sensor Gear Checker with Laser Scanning Revolutionizes Gear Inspection
The versatile platform of Gleason’s 300GMSL Inspection System provides the classic tactile probing methods for inspecting conventional gear data on spur and helical cylindrical gears as well as straight, spiral and hypoid bevel gears with a diameter of up to 300 mm. In addition, the new inspection system allows non-contact laser sensor scanning of tooth flanks to support gear development. Complete topography data can be recorded far more rapidly than with conventional tactile probing, with comparable results. The integration of laser scanning and associated 3D graphics with CAD interface considerably expand both the functionality and the range of applications for this machine platform. The new option makes the 300GMSL the ideal solution for research and development applications, for both prototype and production parts or when reverse engineering is required. The 300GMSL Inspection System is also an ideal fit for rapid measurement of topography in regular production operation and satisfies the increasingly stringent requirements on gear inspection. Compliant, soft materials, such as plastic gears, can be inspected without sustaining damage. Further options include surface finish measurement and Barkhausen noise analysis to inspect for grind burn reduce.
Booth: 3408 Hall: 3 For more information: www.gleason.com
Rugged Spectrophotometer adds color quality control inspection
ColorLite portable spectrophotometer sph xs1 is extremely light, small and handy and can be optionally supplied with a QR or barcode scanner and 60° gloss measurement according to DIN 67530. Ideal for production measurements the rugged IP65 protected color measurement system has been developed for harsh environments. Units are available with d/8°, 45°/0° or d/0° geometry. The systems includes long-life LED light sources, user-friendly menu and the database software ColorDaTra. ColorLite also offers various measuring heads and geometries.
Booth: 4208 Hall: 4 For more information: www.colorlite.de
Constantly increasing production quality requirements, shorter product cycles and small lot sizes require a robust flexible measuring technology.
The redeveloped Rotexion universal shaft-measuring device automatically detects all geometric external contours of rotationally symmetrical workpieces with diameters up to 125mm with lengths up to 400mm (optionally 600mm dia & 800mm lengths). A 2D profile sensor allows the measurement of contours in areas difficult-to-access such as undercuts can be measured.
The tactile measurement process and robust design enable use in the production environment. The intuitive RotoWare software with touch screen enables fast manual measurements as well as the creation of complex automated measurement procedures in expert mode.
Booth 8310, Hall 8: For more information: www.premetec.de
Heidenhain Launch High Accuracy Automatic Rotary Axis
A highly accurate automated rotary axis is an extremely complex assembly of technology components. Heidenhain will introduce its SRP 5000, a system solution, that integrates bearings, measuring device and torque motor into one integrated rotary module.
SRP 5000 will make it easier for measuring equipment manufacturers to use a highly integrated assembly, fully tested and with specified performance, instead of integrating the numerous individual components themselves eliminating assembly, adjustment and performance risks.
The SRP5000 offers extremely smooth motion control for highly accurate positioning and measuring tasks, the angle measuring module with integrated drive is especially optimized for the high demands of metrology applications. SRP5000 delivers a very high resolution and an excellent repeatability even at varying temperatures. Heidenhain manufactures the bearings and high-precision measuring components for the angle measuring module, the torque motors including the AccurET controller close from a close cooperation with ETEL ensuring the perfect integration of motion technology.
Booth: 8404, Hall: 8: For more information: www.Heidenhain.com
Modular Part Clamping System
With the Pintec modular clamping system its possible to fix fast and easily difficult shaped work-pieces in the metrology room. Pintec offers a practical and flexible solution to measure quickly complex formed work-pieces.
Often it’s not profitable, to build special fixtures for low production volume parts requiring CMM measurement or inspection. Fast, easy, professional and effective the Pintec fixturing solution provides a solution for difficult and complex formed work-pieces.
Booth 5411, Hall 5: For more information: www.pintec.de
GOM Inspect Software Allows Import and Inspection of CT Data
3D volume models from computer tomographs provide comprehensive data about inner and outer characteristics of a part. Using the GOM Inspect software, users can now easily import volume data in all common formats, including *.vgi, *.vgl, *.pcr, *.exv, *.rek,. GOM Inspect is an evaluation software for 3D measuring data including 3D inspection and STL mesh processing ensuring an independent evaluation of measuring results.
Users can easily drag & drop the volume data into the Inspect software. Workflows are significantly accelerated and simplified by automatic conversion of CT voxel data into STL surface data. Mono and multi-material objects as well as multiple parts can be evaluated. Multiple materials of an object are displayed as separate surface meshes. All surfaces, including internal structures, can be used for shape and dimension analyses or nominal/actual comparisons including GD&T inspection and surface defect map for surface inspection.
Booth 3304, Hall 3: For more information: www.gom.com
RPI Launches GeoSpin & Quadmatic Rotary Measurement Solutions
GeoSpin has been specifically developed for the measurement and assembly of smaller engines in the aerospace industry in response to huge demand from the industry.
GeoSpin significantly increases the reliability of measurement data, which enables rotor stacking software to accurately manipulate component parts, resulting in precisely aligned rotor assemblies. GeoSpin has been independently verified and proven to offer operational improvements over traditional measurement methods.
QuadMatic delivers accuracy and precision to the CMM industry. Held in granite, it simplifies the measurement of symmetrical or prismatic components including scanning applications by simplifying measuring procedures, increasing CMMs’ application range and effective measuring volume increasing CMM flexibility and productivity.
Booth 7123, Hall 7: For more information: www.rpiuk.com
CT Guided Acquisition Software To Be Introduced
RX Solutions will introduce its new “CT Guided Acquisition Software”. This new user interface software provides unmatched ease of operation for X-Ray Computed Tomography (CT) scanning in R&D, Quality Control or Production applications.
RX Solutions already offers a broad portfolio of X-Ray CT scanners, known for high resolution, high-quality images and also for being very flexible and easy to use even for non-expert users. The new “CT Guided Acquisition Software” will be shown on a DeskTom CT scanner. This powerful and easy to operate CT scanning combination is an ideal solution for material inspection or dimensional metrology in research and industrial applications.
Booth 4514, Hall 4: For more information: www.rxsolutions.fr