Metrology Newsletter February 19th 2018

This week’s newsletter features Flying Robots, Tracked Robot Measurements, Morphed CAD Models, Intelligent Process Control, Free CT Seminars and Optical Scanning at the Race Track.

Safe Collision Tolerant Flying Robot for Industrial Inspection

Flyability has introduced Elios, the first collision-tolerant flying robot designed for industrial inspection professionals. Allowing for the first time access to complex, cluttered or indoor places, Elios is unleashing the potential of UAVs in a number of applications where their use was previously too dangerous or simply impossible. Drone technology is …

Accurate Inline Tracked Robot Measurements Pace Automotive Production

Author: Steve Shickell – NMS 3D UK Sales and Marketing Manager Automating Metrology started more than 2 decades ago with programmable tactile coordinate measuring machines (CMM). The CMM, which was designed for stable and temperature-controlled quality control rooms, typically not installed near the production area, were specifically tasked with measuring completed components …

Robotic Visual Inspection System Undergoes Testing at Factory 2050

The concept for a new automated visual inspection system that uses robotics to manipulate metallic components is being tested at the UK’s University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Center (AMRC). Canadian automation, machine vision, and robotics solutions specialist AV&R is working with the AMRC to develop the new system in a …

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 …

3D Scanning Provides Morphed CAD Model Allowing Higher Accuracy 3D Metal Printing

Inevitably, the physical output of any CAD-based manufacturing process will differ from the input model. That is true for any manufacturing process, whether it’s machining, molding, stamping, casting, forging, or 3D printing. Deviation from the CAD model may be minimal, but it is there! Sometimes that’s acceptable, sometimes it’s not. …

Solidworks Inspection Automatically Generates Balloon Drawings & Inspection Reports

Solidworks Inspection 2018 is a First Article Inspection (FAI) and in-process inspection software that streamlines and automates the creation of ballooned inspection drawings and inspection reports (AS9102, PPAP, etc.). Solidworks Inspection consists of a stand-alone application and a SOLIDWORKS add-in that enables users to leverage their legacy data regardless of whether …

Gauging System Intelligent Process Control Software Automatically Updates CNC Tool Offsets

The Renishaw Equator flexible gauge is now offered with IPC (Intelligent Process Control) software, providing the functionality to fully automate tool offset updates in CNC manufacturing processes. Improved capability in precision part machining, reduced setting and process adjustment time, and integration with automation systems are some of the benefits that ..

Computed Tomography Webinar Series Announced by Volume Graphics

Volume Graphics has announced a series of webinars providing the opportunity to learn the role Computed Tomography can play in quality assurance, metrology, automated inspection, simulation, and geometry correction. The topics will be covered in 5 free webinars being hosted over 5 days – March 19 – 23. Each seminar will …

 

 

NASCAR Implements Track-Side Optical Scanning Stations

The American racing series NASCAR® (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing) has implemented a track-side structured light scanning system to measure the template of competing team race cars for the 2018 season. The Optical Scanning Station (OSS) comprises an enclosed tented structure with 16 high definition cameras and 8 …

RapidFit 3D Printed Smart Cube Reduces AutomotiveTime to Market

If you’re an automotive quality inspection engineer, chances are you’ve resigned yourself to a dizzying array of fixtures, development bucks and cubes to guide you through the vehicle development process. Clay models and surface release models for styling, prototype assembly bucks and blue bucks for engineering, fixtures for quality control …