Over the last decade innovations such as smart multi-sensor systems, virtual program simulation, and measurement-centric manufacturing operations, have changed the role of metrology inside of the manufacturing work-flow. Previously, measurement solutions were generally employed for quality checks as the final step of a product’s conformance and verification, typically operating as post-processing activities. The result of the latest industrial revolution is large amounts of measured data generated for process management, monitoring, and diagnostic activities which is required to be available in real-time and used to facilitate production management and analysis. Highly digitized factories of the future will continuously collect and share data through inter-connected devices, machines, and production processes where in-process metrology solutions offer fully automated and responsive control and verification solutions.
A quality control digital twin is a computer-created digital representation of a perfect ‘nominal’ part superimposed with generated measurement data, from a physical component. during a stage in its manufacturing process. The digital twin ‘mirrors’ the real component status and shows exactly what is happening on the manufacturing floor, at any given time, and what, if any, production process adjustments are necessary. With manufacturing digital twins, users can immediately pinpoint product quality issues, monitor machine performance, and dynamically make changes as needed – with a minimum time lag. The integration of artificial intelligence into the digital-twin generation software allows the prediction of trends and adjustments to machinery in advance of out-of-tolerance parts being produced by production. In the future, many machinery adjustments will be made automatically completely closing the manufacturing loop.
This month we published a number of articles covering Digital Twins including ‘’Enabling Manufacturing Innovation With Virtual Twin Experience’; ‘Simulation Using ‘Digital Twin’ Enables Efficient Production Line Modification’, ‘Digital Twins – More Than Just A Software Solution’, and ‘Quantum Digital Twin Initiative Launched at Bosch Factory’.
As we leave the ‘dog days of summer’ behind the exhibition train gets back into motion with the hugely important International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago, USA being held for the first time in 4 years. Metrology.News will be reporting directly from the show-floor of the Quality Pavilion reporting on new products and the latest manufacturing metrology trends.
August was the month that was scheduled for the long overdue migration of Metrology.News to its own dedicated server platform. We apologize for the site being down for a couple of days, and its intermittent access, which occurred during the transfer process. Thankfully the site is now fully operational again with faster page-load speeds and equipped with unlimited memory and file space ensuring the trouble-free future site operation.
The magazine below highlights a selection of our August published stories; the complete library of August articles can be accessed by clicking here.
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Keith Mills – Publishing EditorEnabling Manufacturing Innovation With Virtual Twin Experience
Manufacturers in just about every industry are already embracing the reality of Industry 4.0—that the digital transformation of factories is necessary, replacing manual processes with automated systems in cyber-physical smart factories. This is crucial to manufacturers as challenges caused by global disruptions can make it even more challenging for them … read more
Audi is setting up fully networked, highly efficient, and sustainable production. The goal is to design a resilient, agile, and flexible value chain to meet future challenges successfully. These include a growing diversity of variants, the transition to electromobility, the increasingly volatile supply situation, and political uncertainties. “We’re using synergies and looking at production as a whole … read more
Adding a new workstation to a production line requires in-depth planning – especially if regular operations are expected to continue at the same time. The Czech car manufacturer ŠKODA has made use of a ‘digital twin’ to successfully install and integrate a new robot station at the ŠKODA AUTO component … read more
The holistic approach of the Digital Enterprise for creating digital twins, such as in the auto industry, offers tangible benefits by substantially reducing the number of prototypes needed during vehicle development . It also becomes possible to predict the performance of the production unit and the products themselves … read more
Advances in digital technologies and data analytics offer fantastic potential for organisations to get better value from their infrastructure and assets. ‘Digital Twins’ are touted as one of the key technological developments that can drive a step change in decision-making. But how do you make sure that investing in a … read more
Multiverse Computing, a leader in delivering value-based quantum computing solutions, has announced a collaboration in a research project with the Bosch Automotive Electronics plant in Madrid to leverage the power of quantum computing in the virtual replica or ‘digital twin’ of a factory. Multiverse is implementing quantum-based optimization algorithms at Bosch … read more
Saccade Vision has announced a partnership with Euclid Labs to deliver fast, precise and flexible optical 3D inspection solution for various types of metalworking machines. Saccade and Euclid also announced the sale of multiple systems to a multinational conglomerate via this partnership. Machine-tending robots are often key components used to enable unattended or lights-out machining operations … read more
The new Metrios Re-Light optical measuring machine provides users with a single device for components of all shapes, flat and cylindrical. Moreover, thanks to the machine’s innovative automatic rotation it is possible to measure every side of a part in one complete cycle. For any manufacturer looking to check their … read more
Centralized, not decentralized; local servers, not hundreds of industrial PCs; software, not hardware: with the local server solution Edge Cloud 4 Production, Audi is initiating a paradigm shift in automation technology. After successful testing in the Audi Production Lab (P-Lab), three local servers will take over directing workers in its … read more
Danfoss Power Solutions, a supplier of mobile and industrial hydraulics as well as electric powertrain systems, has invested in an advanced 3D scanner robot for its joystick manufacturing lines in Nordborg, Denmark. The company says the new device is boosting inspection routines by measuring component dimensions to “micron-level precision, providing customers … read more
ITER is one of the most ambitious energy projects in the world today. In southern France, 35 nations are collaborating to build the world’s largest tokamak, a magnetic fusion device that has been designed to prove the feasibility of fusion as a large-scale and carbon-free source of energy based on … read more
Ford Motor Company’s R15.8-billion ($600 million) investment in its Silverton Assembly Plant operations in Pretoria, South Africa is coming to fruition, with the completion of one of its largest and most ambitious projects to date – the high-tech new Stamping Plant, which is now in operation. The vast facility measures … read more
Nordson Corporation has signed a definitive agreement for the acquisition of CyberOptics Corporation, a leading global developer and manufacturer of high-precision 3D optical sensing technology solutions. The acquisition enhances Nordson’s test and inspection platform, providing differentiated technology that expands Nordson’s product offering in the semiconductor and electronics … read more
Datanomix, maker of the Automated Production Intelligence software platform, has announced support for monitoring Universal Robots for real-time visibility into robot performance. By partnering with Flexxbotics, a leader in robotics process improvement technology, Datanomix extends its automated production intelligence coverage to Universal Robot cells, helping power lights-out and automated operations … read more
API’s Dynamic 9D LADAR, an innovative Laser Detection and Ranging system that captures both dimensional and surface geometry data, will showcased at the upcoming IMTS exhibition. 9D LADAR incorporates a breakthrough technology that is set to revolutionize automated production measurements. The patent-pending Dynamic 9D LADAR offers the world’s first interferometry-based … read more
When one of Italy’s most exclusive automakers decided to create an electric version of its premium sportscar, the engineering team knew it would need a high-performance electric battery capable of matching the power, speed and performance of its traditional counterpart. They turned to a Tier One technology provider to design … read more
Portable metrology equipment has seen a dramatic rise in its role of supporting manufacturing over the past decade with applications including reverse engineering, prototype part inspection, low volume production measurements, tooling and fixture inspection and alignment, interrogation of product quality issues etc. One significant characteristic of all portable metrology equipment … read more
The Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) has been around in its current bridge configuration form for over 35 years. While speed and accuracies have improved over the decades the basic footprint has remained unchanged. The bridge CMM is something of a ‘space hog’ with its ‘X-Y’ measuring volume being only some … read more