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April 2023 Metrology News Magazine

Editors Message:

During this month, our editorial focus was on the growing significance of robotics in production metrology. Robotics holds a central position in the ‘Smart Factory of the Future’, while metrology systems and the production of real-time actionable data are key to eliminating traditional off-line measurement data latency. Enhancing the precision of robotic measuring systems, boosting data density at quicker rates, and implementing software advancements to enhance programming and overall measuring performance are becoming essential areas of focus.

This month we covered the introduction of several new robotic measurement solutions along with software platforms aimed at analyzing and managing the constantly growing critical data streams. There’s also a movement for storing and managing data in the cloud. The trend of automated measurement and inspection systems is persisting as the manufacturing sector continues to invest in automation to tackle skill shortages, enhance quality standards, and minimize costs.

Editorial focussed articles this month included “Automated Dimensional Inspection Systems Increasingly Replacing Manual Processes”; “Increasing Trend For Optical Metrology To Oversee Smart Manufacturing”;  “Measurement Technology Manufacturers Pushing Digitization”; “Plug and Play Measurement Technology Is Within Reach” and “Looking For The ‘Next Big Thing’ In Automated Metrology”.

The annual CONTROL event in Stuttgart is now less than two weeks away. This month we reviewed a few of the new product introductions announced in advance of the show. Metrology News will once again be in attendance bringing daily updates from the show floor on all of the latest industry news and product introductions.

In April, Metrology News sat down with Marc Soucy President of Innovmetric, developer of the Polyworks software platform, for a discussion on how, in the future, ‘Seamlessly Integrated Digital Metrology Data will Empower Manufacturing Enterprises’. The complete library of April articles can be accessed by clicking here.

As usual I welcome your comments, news and views – my inbox is always open.

Keith Mills – Publishing Editor

Production Inspection System For Hairpins & Stators

The ScanBox for eMotors, recently launched by ZEISS, specializes in quick and accurate inspection and digitization of hairpins and stators. The automated system can inspect complete stators, including hairpins, as well as individual or multiple hairpins, with exceptional speed. The captured 3D measurement data is analyzed within ZEISS Quality Suite’s … read more

PRESTO Robotic Inspection Cell Halves Inspection Cycles

Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division has launched a new automated robotic inspection cell PRESTO, enabling manufacturers to reduce quality inspection times, increase efficiency, and streamline workflows. PRESTO will enable customers, such as automotive OEMs, to cope with the dynamic demands of the market … read more

3D Metrology Digital Ecosystem for Manufacturing

InnovMetric, the independent software development company that empowers manufacturers of every size to digitally transform their 3D measurement processes, has announced the launch of PolyWorks 2023. This new release expands the PolyWorks universal 3D metrology platform to offer a digital ecosystem integrated into the four phases … read more

FreeScan Combo Offers Dual-Mode 3D Scanning Solution

SHINING 3D, a leading provider of technologies for 3D digitization and 3D inspection, has expanded its FreeScan UE series of hand-held 3D metrology scanners with the FreeScan Combo. FreeScan Combo adopts metrology-grade accuracy, fine scanning and high precision from the FreeScan series, while providing an even lighter and more compact design … read more

Root Cause Analysis With Artificial Intelligence In Production

Root cause analysis with AI is a new approach that companies can use to get to the bottom of problems in their production and eliminate them in the long term. In this way, unplanned downtimes can be avoided and quality defects in manufactured products can be reduced. The root cause analysis is about understanding underlying cause-and-effect … read more

Cloud Metrology Reporting Resolves Part Quality Issues Faster

Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division has launched a new cloud-based metrology trend reporting software for quality professionals and manufacturing teams. Designed to help experienced users be more productive, the accessible and intelligent software automatically acquires and processes real-time data, so manufacturing teams … read more

Automated Dimensional Inspection Systems Increasingly Replacing Manual Processes

Automated dimensional inspection plays a critical role in Industry 4.0 manufacturing. It is an essential process for ensuring that products meet design specifications, reducing errors and improving overall efficiency. In this article, we will explore the role of automated dimensional inspection in Industry 4.0 manufacturing, including its benefits … read more

Seamlessly Integrated Digital Metrology Data To Empower The Manufacturing Enterprise

Metrology News recently sat down with Marc Soucy President of Innovmetric, developer of the Polyworks software platform, for a follow-on discussion from our previous interview – ‘Transitioning Into The Digitalization Era of Manufacturing’ – on how ‘Seamlessly Integrated Digital Metrology Data will Empower Manufacturing Enterprises’ … read more

Hexagon Launches Next Generation Ultra-High Accuracy CMMs

Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division has launched its new generation of Leitz PMM-C ultra-high accuracy coordinate measuring machines (CMMs). This series has long set the performance standard across a broad range of precision applications where manufacturers need the highest accuracy and low measurement uncertainty … read more

Increasing Trend For Optical Metrology To Oversee Smart Manufacturing

Optical metrology is the field of measurement science that deals with the use of light for measuring and characterizing different physical quantities. Optical Metrology has become an indispensable tool in many industries, including general manufacturing, aerospace, automotive, and medical industries. Within the field of optical metrology … read more

Measurement Technology Manufacturers Pushing Digitization

In three working groups of the VDMA measurement and testing technology, basic standards are currently being developed that will promote communication and interoperability in measurement technology in the future. At Control 2023, the VDMA is presenting the current projects at its stand in Hall 5. Visitors to the trade fair can talk to experts … read more

Looking For The ‘Next Big Thing’ In Automated Metrology

As manufacturing undergoes yet another transformation into smart manufacturing, also known as Industry 4.0, measurement will no longer be a peripheral aspect but will be integral to the entire process. The goal is to deliver the necessary data in real-time to inform adaptive and automated refinements, ensuring quality at every step in production … read more

Control Exhibition 2023 Preview #1

With the most important event in the exhibition calendar for Quality Control and Metrology equipment and services suppliers fast approaching we commence a series of preview articles highlighting a few of the many new and innovative solutions that will be showcased at the Control Exhibition May 9 – 12th May in Stuttgart, Germany … read more

Control Exhibition 2023 Preview #2

Currently trending issues include modern software, inline inspection processes and AI-assisted systems. Control offers a compact and well-structured overview of all leading QA solutions in a scope which is unavailable in such a concentrated format at any other trade fair – the bundled competence of the entire QA market is presented … read more

Non-Contact Measurement Technology Featured at CONTROL

The special show ‘Contactless Measurement Technology’ has been a firmly established marketplace for innovations at CONTROL in Stuttgart for many years and is an expression of the long-standing cooperation between the Fraunhofer Vision division and the trade fair organizer. At this year’s event companies and research institutions will be presenting … read more

Plug and Play Measurement Technology Is Within Reach

Innovations in measurement technology are increasingly linked to data. Standardized communication channels are required to organize the exchange of data from different machines efficiently and without errors. The manufacturers of measurement and testing technology rely on standards for seamless integration into the smart factory … read more

Renishaw Flying High After 50 Years of Engineering Innovation

This year, global engineering technologies business, Renishaw, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The company, which was founded on 4 April 1973, will mark this significant milestone with a year of global activities including open house events at its largest sites, family days for employees and a ‘50 at 50’ charity initiative … read more

Unsupervised Deep Learning ~ A New Paradigm For Quality Inspection

Simple rule-based algorithms have been used in the visual inspection market for many years, but as their limits have become more apparent, the need for more sophisticated software has grown. In this article, Miron Shtiglitz, Director of Product Management at visual inspection company Lean AI, describes the two eras of machine learning … read more

New SDK Takes 3D Machine Vision Development To The Next Level

The Zivid SDK 2.9 SDK preview is now available, delivering next level point cloud quality, exceptional speed, and unparalleled ease-of-use. Zivid’s latest 2.9 SDK is the most feature-rich Zivid SDK release to date and is a major booster for the Zivid 3D camera product line. The release has a broad range of features that holistically deliver pristine point clouds … read more

FlexGauge Migrates CMM Measurements To The Shop-Floor

The competitive landscape of manufacturing is becoming increasingly challenging, necessitating continual improvement in both process and product quality. To meet this demand, there is a growing requirement to relocate the Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) to the shop-floor and integrate it into the manufacturing process … read more

On-Chip Metrology Links Nobel Prize-Winning Techniques

Physicists at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands have built a new technology on a microchip by combining two Nobel Prize-winning techniques for the first time. This microchip could measure distances in materials at high precision. Because the technology uses sound vibrations instead of light, it is useful for high-precision position … read more

3D Data Accelerates Model Maker Efficiency To Begin New Era

Many companies are now accelerating their efforts to reform the way they work, and in Japan, where there is a shortage of engineers, the manufacturing is the industry that has the most pressing need to address this issue. In addition, with the retirement of the baby boomer generation of veteran engineers many companies are facing … read more

Improving Quality Through Closed Loop Techniques

Closed loop quality is a systematic approach to quality management that involves continuously monitoring and improving quality through a closed feedback loop. The closed loop quality approach involves collecting data about the quality of a product or service, analyzing the data to identify areas for improvement, implementing changes to improve quality … read more

FARO Announces the Release of Hybrid Reality Capture

FARO has announced the release of Hybrid Reality Capture, powered by Flash Technology. Flash Technology is said by the company to be a first-of-its-kind accelerated workflow that combines the accuracy of a 3D laser scan with the speed of a panoramic camera. By addressing the speed-accuracy tradeoff (SAT) users can expect to save up to 50% of scanning … read more



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