December 2020 Metrology News Magazine

Editors Message:

As we edge towards the holiday many of us will be glad to see the back of the ‘annus horribilis’ of 2020. For many, it will be remembered as the ‘Covid-19’ year and will stick in the memory like 9/11 in 2001. There have been numerous challenges throughout the year in terms of human well-being, economics and politics – as we know, some individuals, businesses and countries have fared better than others. We all await the return of our past lives, hopefully in the not too distant future however the recent cancellation/postponement of some 2021 exhibition events is confirmation that it will still be a while yet.

December has surprised us with an abundance of news continuing to come across the Metrology News desk. With December being a short month, with the upcoming holidays, we have published early this month and highlight below a selection of the news stories from the past 3 weeks. We will continue to publish news next week and then will go dark until the new year. We will publish our ‘Year in Review’ article over the holidays featuring our highlight stories of 2020 so watch out for this. The complete library of December articles can be accessed by clicking here.

We would like to take this opportunity to thanks or readers and sponsors for their continued of Metrology News support and wish everyone a safe and restful holiday. As usual I welcome your comments, news and views – my inbox is always open.

Keith Mills – Publishing Editor

The Measure of the Holidays …

The holiday season is upon us. Another year almost done. It’s been a different kind of year. And not how it all begun. We are waiting for the vaccine. To get us back to norm. Setting out on our travels. And meeting up once again. Festive spirit has been dampened. By Covid in these days. But let us all stay positive. As change is getting near … Read More

Process Control Reduces Cycle Time and Delivery Delays for Auto Parts Manufacturer

An increase in production orders for new breeds of high-volume and high-value automotive components required OMG to consider alternative approaches to part inspection. Investments in off-machine gauging and on-machine probing enabled the company to increase manufacturing throughput, avoid rejects and reduce scrap … Read More

Web Portal Performs Remote CMM Inspection Monitoring

Aimed at multinational organizations with factories worldwide but equally applicable to medium size companies having several production facilities in one country, a web-based platform has been introduced by coordinate measuring machine (CMM) manufacturer LK Metrology to help production departments monitor and control inspection activities around the clock. Consistent with the aims … Read More

CMM Laser Scanner Assists E-Bike Manufacturer

With a big push for greener transportation and personal mobility solutions worldwide, many companies are moving to develop and launch new products that support these sustainable initiatives. One such company contacted CyberOptics to help them explore how to improve their existing inspection processes to improve quality and reduce time to … Read More

Optical Measuring Machine Offers Automatic Part Detection and Interchangeable Lighting

The ZEISS O-DETECT optical measuring machine offers intuitive operation, high-quality imaging and flexible lighting for precise measurements in an instant. The optical measurement system is suitable for a wide variety of components but excels with those that are best left untouched. Automatic Component Location A key element of ZEISS O-DETECT is its high-quality … Read More

Meeting ISO Standards in Hypodermic Needle Manufacturing

The COVID vaccines are on the brink of receiving regulatory approvals allowing their roll-out to the global population over coming months. The hypodermic needle will take center stage in the upcoming and hugely challenging logistical operation. The following article considers the international standards, and associated quality control disciplines, that govern the … Read More

Autonomous Machine Vision Inspects FFP2 Face Masks

To help in the fight against COVID-19, Inspekto, the German-Israeli pioneer of Autonomous Machine Vision, has made its signature product available to Univent Medical GmbH, a face mask manufacturer based in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, who recently established a new production line to respond to the pressing market demand for emergency supplies … Read More

Factory 2030 – The ‘Coming of Age’ of The Smart Factory

In December 1913, Henry Ford introduced the first moving assembly line enabling the mass production of an entire automobile. The innovation reduced the assembly time of a vehicle build from more than 12 hours to just 93 minutes. When the Model T was introduced by Ford in 1908 he continued to … Read More

‘Thinking Outside The Bottle’ – Hybrid Dental CT Scanner Performs 3D Measurement

X-ray technology recently celebrated the 125th anniversary since its invention. Over the past decade computed tomography, using x-ray technology has increased its presence in many areas of manufacturing for the detection of porosity, cracks, and in more recent years complete dimensional inspection … Read More

Amazon Announce Industrial Machine Learning Services

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced Amazon Monitron, Amazon Lookout for Equipment, the AWS Panorama Appliance, the AWS Panorama SDK, and Amazon Lookout for Vision. Together, these five new machine learning services will help industrial and manufacturing customers embed intelligence in their production processes in order to improve operational efficiency, quality control, security, and … Read More

Automotive Service Provider Relies on 3D Laser Scanning

TÜV AUSTRIA AUTOMOTIVE GMBH is an accredited technical service provider that specializes in the testing, inspection and approval of vehicles and components as well as in electromobility and automated driving. The company advises clients on all relevant fleet matters with a focus on the economic and ecological use of new driving … Read More

Automate Exhibition Postponed from May 2021 to June 2022

The Association for Advancing Automation (A3) has announced that it has made the difficult decision to postpone Automate, North America’s leading automation trade show and conference, until June 6-9, 2022, at TCF Center in Detroit, Michigan, USA. A3 also announced Automate Forward, the premier virtual conference and trade show for the robotics and … Read More

Tilted Wave Interferometer Integrates Hexapod 6-axis Motion

The Mahr Tilted Wave Interferometer (MarOpto TWI 60) is a highly flexible interferometer for the quick and high precision measurement of aspheres. An asphere or aspheric lens is an optic whose surfaces are defined by a polynomial equation. Aspheres are rotationally symmetrical around the optical axis, but their radius of curvature … Read More

Relaunch of Industrial Inspection Ecosystem – InspectionWorks

Waygate Technologies has released a completely revised and extended version of its flagship ecosystem for inspection data management, InspectionWorks. The upgrade includes an easy-to-use and customer centric user interface and user experience design as well as new features including fleet management, remote monitoring diagnostics, inspection data storage and advanced analytics … Read More

X-Y Table Shortens Form Measurement Set-ups

Form metrology set-up and pre-alignment can take up a relatively large amount of time as each individual work-piece needs to be positioned precisely prior to measurement. This can lead to delays, especially when it comes to quality assurance for several work-pieces, or multiple measuring points … Read More

Inline Multi-Laser Scanning CMM

The val-IT Smart is a 3D inspection cell, from Dutch company SENSEIT, that uses multiple laser triangulation sensors to accurately measures components. The system is described by the company as perfect for validating large, complex parts such as castings and can be installed inline or operated as a stand-alone inspection … Read More

Presswerk 4.0 – Reducing Downtimes and Increasing Flexibility

It costs companies a lot of money to have machines out of operation due to failure. This applies to all of manufacturing including press shops, the focus of Fraunhofer’s Presswerk 4.0 project. Researchers want to employ targeted data networking in manufacturing to help employees recognize and correct failures more quickly … Read more

Second Generation AR Tool Projects Part Measurement Data

3D Infotech has announced the launch of its second-generation augmented reality software Spotlight AR++ 2.0.  This version goes beyond quality control with new functions that will benefit other manufacturing stages, including layout, welding, and assembly. “Top aerospace and automotive companies came back to us, asking for more.  They loved the ease-of-use … Read More

Industry’s Fastest High Energy CT Scanner for Large Components

Waygate Technologies has announced the launch of its first high-energy Computed Tomography (CT) system – Phoenix Power|scan HE. With 9 mega electron volts (MeV), the Phoenix Power|scan HE packs 20 times more punch in penetration energy compared to the standard of 450 kiloelectron volts (keV) … Read More

Critical Role of Validation in Micro Molding

It is well understood that for micro molding success, it is important that customers seek out and work with truly vertically integrated micro molding partners. Accumold is a vertically integrated company from the quote, to design for manufacturing (DFM) and Design for Micro Molding (DfMM) assessment, tool design and build, … read more

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