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August 2021 Metrology News Magazine

Editors Message:

Metrology News – Published by Metrologists for Metrologists

What should have been a slow news month, given the prime vacation period, August turned out to be an incredibly busy month for the Metrology News desk. Following on from the previous month of acquisition activity August again witnessed several high profile company investments. Strategies continue to evolve and develop and product offerings enhanced to equip for the digital manufacturing revolution, and the ever-increasing role of metrology imbedded within all aspects of the smart factories of the future.

Our lead story this month is the exclusive recent interview conducted with the Sandvik executive driving their Digital Manufacturing Solutions initiatives. In addition the momentum behind Industry 4.0 adoption is gathering pace rapidly with the role and uptake of industrial robots in automated process control systems ever increasing. We featured new software, robot calibration technology and recent automotive industry installations showcasing just how far robotic automated metrology has come in the delivery of digital manufacturing twins.

While robotic metrology does not have the accuracy, as yet, demanded by most prismatic machining operation new non-contact sensors are increasing the possibilities for in-process metrology, with real-time adaptive control, being performed within machining cycles.

With exhibition events coming back onto the calendar it will be good to finally ‘get-out’ and physically see many of these new product innovations we have been writing about over the past 18 months. There’s so much innovation in the metrology sector in these days it’s difficult for all of us to keep abreast of all that is new in a rapidly evolving sector.

Metrology News continues its mission as the | ‘go-to’ | ‘fast-track’ | platform to stay informed.

Some 90 articles were published in the month and we highlight below in this month’s magazine selected published articles from the month. The complete library of August articles can be accessed by clicking here.

As usual I welcome your comments, news and views along with suggested guest articles for publication – my inbox is always open.

Keith Mills – Publishing Editor

The Future at Sandvik – Smart Factories Driven by Digital Manufacturing Solutions

Metrology News recently sat down with Kim Hansen – Vice President Strategy and Mergers & Acquisitions and President for the Metrology division – at Sandvik Manufacturing Solutions for a discussion on the recently announced Sandvik acquisitions and their entry into digital manufacturing technologies … read more

Robotic Inspection Cells Increase Measurement Capacity and Quality at ŠKODA

Leading automotive manufacturer ŠKODA AUTO has now been a part of the Volkswagen Group for 30 years. During this time, it has developed into a strong and internationally successful company offering ten different vehicle model lines across worldwide markets. With the emerging trend of clean mobility, it plans to further … read more

Scanned Data Generates Digital Twin To Monitor Manufacturing Design Intent

When your business is in the process of developing a new product, there’s an awful lot to consider. Costs and return on investment, market values and the deadlines leading up to the final launch. Not to mention the industry standards that need to be met while remaining competitive. … read more

Smart Digital Monitoring Drives Predictive Maintenance at BMW

When it comes to maintaining production systems, the solution of choice at the BMW Group is to use sensors, data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI). So rather than the previous approach of rule-based maintenance at regular intervals, predictive maintenance is carried out, based on the current condition of the system … read more

Relationship Aims To Enhance Interoperability of Standards Within Digital Enterprise

PDES, Inc. has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Digital Metrology Standards Consortium (DMSC). as both organizations seek to improve the ways tools work together to improve standards development, analysis, and define applications of industry standards. PDES and DMSC seek to improve the quality … read more

Aeva and Nikon To Bring 4D LiDAR To Metrology Markets

Aeva, a leader in next-generation sensing and perception systems, has announced a strategic collaboration with Nikon Corporation, a global manufacturer and supplier of metrology and inspection equipment for the industrial automation and metrology markets. The companies will focus on bringing FMCW 4D LiDAR with unique micron-level … read more

3D Scanner Performs Automated Visual Inspection and GD&T Analysis

Optocomb sensors combined with Helical Scan by XTIA offers fast and accurate 3D inspection of production automotive components such as connecting rods. XTIA 3D scanners can fully profile conrods in a few seconds and perform a high-resolution dimensional and visual inspection of the part. With such a high-speed and high-resolution performance … read more

Precision In Every Detail at Audi

Striking lines, smooth surfaces, and eye-catching quattro blisters – with its Q4 e-tron, Audi is taking the next step in the evolution of its electric models’ design language. The compact SUV brings the lines that the Audi Q4 concept demo car introduced at the beginning of 2019 to a production model … read more

Mobile Duplex Cobot CT System Offers Inspection Flexibility

Radalytica’s Robotic Imaging System RadalyX is an X-ray imaging system that combines single particle counting X-ray imaging detectors for high quality images with the flexibility of collaborative robots. The key parts of the scanner are two robotic arms … read more

IAC Group Achieves Superior Metrology Flexibility

International Automotive Components (IAC) Group is a leading global supplier of innovative and sustainable instrument panels, consoles, door panels, overhead systems, bumper fascias and exterior ornamentation for vehicle Original Equipment Manufacturers. Headquartered in Luxembourg, IAC’s reach spans the globe, with over 19,000 employees in 18 countries providing clients with unparalleled … read more

3D Imaging Technology Measures Part Surfaces and Sharp Edges

InspecVision offers its Opti-Scan 3D inspection system providing single-click 3D white light scanning metrology for edges, surfaces and reverse engineering. Opti-Scan 3D can scan objects at a rate of about 250,000 measurements per second. The accuracy of the surface measurements is approximately 100μm and 25μm for edge measurements depending on … read more

Digital Part Production – Mastering the Precision of the Perfect Part

One of the most significant challenges machine builders face today is the rising complexity surrounding new machine introductions in response to increased customization needs. More than ever, customers require highly customized products that are designed to meet their specific needs – one size does not fit all. Driven by consumer demand for … read more

IONA Monitors CNC Robot Machining Processes

Pentaxia, specialised in the manufacturing of advanced composite tooling solutions, prototyping, short-series and volume component production has installed the IONA System developed by INSPHERE Ltd for monitoring robot CNC machining operations. IONA is a scalable network of sensors providing metrology-grade positional data of automated manufacturing processes. Live positional data from IONA enables … read more

High-Quality Innenmeisterbock Inspection

The varied and eventful history of Audi Brussels extends back to 1948 and has witnessed a number of major milestones in the field of car manufacturing. Since 2018 the plant is synonymous with e-mobility, as production site of the Audi e-tron and e-tron Sportback, the brand’s first full-electric SUV range … read more

UnifyTwin Industry 5.0 Unifies Machine and Human Intelligence to Eliminate Digital Blind Spots

By leveraging state-of-the-art Industrial IoT (IIoT) technology, UnifyTwin has announced the availability of its iLens Assistant and iLens Machine. These products will improve worker safety, plant efficiency, and product quality while making production output more predictable and compliant. UnifyTwin offers the first Industry 5.0 that unifies machine and human intelligence … read more

Hexagon Announces Acquisition of Wuhan Zhongguan Company

The Hexagon Group and Wuhan Zhongguan Automation Technology Co., Ltd. has announced the signing of a shareholding merger agreement to improve its capabilities in the field of 3D data acquisition and further expand Hexagon’s solution portfolio in the field of intelligent manufacturing. After the acquisition, Zhongguan will be incorporated into Hexagon … read more

Sandvik to Acquire Mastercam Creators – CNC Software

Sandvik has signed an agreement to acquire US-based CNC Software Inc., a leading provider of CAD/CAM software solutions for manufacturing industries and the company behind Mastercam, the most widely used Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) brand in the industry. By acquiring CNC Software, Sandvik gains a world-class CAM brand in the Mastercam … read more

Software Platform to Accelerate Autonomous Quality Assurance Launched

Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division has unveiled HxGN Robotic Automation, pioneering robotic programming and control software that enables non-specialist quality professionals to program industrial robots to perform fully automated quality inspection.  The platform enables manufacturers to equip greenfield factories or retrofit existing production lines with state-of-the-art autonomous optical inspection cells, accelerating time … read more

Challenges and Benefits of On-Machine Measurement

When machine tools were less accurate and ubiquitous methods for controlling the environment in and around the machine tool were rare, there was a veritable prohibition on performing probe-on-spindle, on-machine, and in-process measurement (IPM). Manufacturers are now not prohibiting On-Machine Measurement (OMM), but there is persistent suspicion of its value … read more

Ultrasonic Thickness CMM Measurement Probe

Renishaw will showcase the latest addition to its market-leading range of products for CMMs at the upcoming EMO exhibition. The new RUP1 ultrasonic thickness measurement probe increases the multi-sensor capability of Renishaw’s REVO 5-axis system, which now offers six different probe sensor families, each specifically designed to maximise the advantages … read more

Trioptics Introduces OptiCentric 101 IR For Testing and Assembly of Infrared Lenses

Following a complete redevelopment of the optical design for the infrared spectral range, the OptiCentric 101 IR has been released. The system is an ideal solution for the centration testing of IR lenses, as they are often used in defense and security as well as in aerospace applications. Advantages of … read more

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