February 2019 Metrology News Monthly Magazine

 

Editors Message:

Following on from our Focus on Computed Tomography last month Metrology News editorial focus was Robot Metrology Solutions in February. February also saw publicly traded metrology companies announcing their financial results with most showing double-digit growth confirming that the uptake of advanced metrology equipment continues to grow in all principle markets around the globe.  Automated and integrated metrology solutions continues to be installed throughout all manufacturing sectors with migrating metrology from quality laboratory to the production floor trending. This month’s articles included “Optical Measurements Migrating Process Control to Process Knowledge”, “Universal Metrology Automation Provides Lights Out Part Inspection Solution”, “Dual Sensor Solution Provides Exact Inline Measurement For Smart Factories”, and “Metrology To Drive Factories Of The Future”.  New product introductions this month included “Versatile Robotic 3D Scanner”, “V-Probe Extends Laser Tracker Capabilities”, and “Fast & Accurate Portable Fibre Inspection Solutions”. Metrology exhibition season is already in full swing. All of the primary upcoming events can be found in the Metrology News events calendar. I welcome your feedback as we constantly strive to improve the platform.

Metrology News has published 66 stories todate in February – a monthly record again demonstrating the dynamics currently surrounding the metrology sector.

Keith Mills – Publishing Editor

Optical Measurements Migrating Process Control to Process Knowledge

Metrology is manufacturing is migrating its role from quality control to being integral to the manufacturing processes whether it be near-line or in-line. Utilizing the metrology data immediately to adapt manufacturing processes is becoming the new norm with ‘time-lagged off-line quality control no longer serving the new dynamic employed in …

VProbe Extends Laser Tracker CMM Capabilities

API has introduced its 6DoF vProbe, a hand-held tactile probing system, for use with its portable RADIAN Pro and Plus Laser Tracker range, extending their dimensional measurements capabilities to perform part inspections conventionally performed by large fixed coordinate measuring machines (CMM). The wirelessly-operated API vProbe allows measurement of intricate part features, …

Porsche – In Love With Detail

When it comes to car body construction, tenths of a millimetre can make a crucial difference. A state-of-the-art coordinate measurement machine makes an essential contribution towards achieving perfection. It forms the link between development, production and suppliers. Although there are sure to be white gloves lying around somewhere, when referring to …

CNC On-Machine Measurement Partnership Announced

Applied Automation Technologies, Inc. (AAT) and DMG MORI USA Inc. will offer innovative On-Machine Measuring Software as a solution within the DMG MORI Qualified Products (DMQP) program. Having the ability to perform CMM (Coordinate Measurement Machine) measurement and metrology tasks is an important part of ‘Smart Machining’ …

FARO Introduces BuildIT 2019 Software Platform

Faro has announced the release of the advanced BuildIT 2019 software suite. BuildIT 2019 represents the logical evolution of the industry-proven BuildIT platform, which has provided exceptional value across a variety of industries. It offers three individual products each specifically designed for the most challenging quality inspection, manufacturing and assembly …

Universal Metrology Automation Provides Lights-Out Part Inspection Solution

3D Infotech, a metrology systems integrator located in Irvine, California, has introduced a cost-effective Universal Metrology Automation (UMA) solution for the mass part inspection market.   By utilizing its proprietary ‘Streamline’ automation software, 3D Infotech is able to deliver easy-to-use metrology automation solutions quickly to customers. The UMA Desktop system utilizes 3D …

Dual Sensor System Provides Exact 3D Inline Measurement For Smart Factories

A dual-sensor system for correlation-free gauging in automated production eliminates the need for coordinate measuring equipment. High-resolution cameras mounted directly into robot production measurement cells determine the exact position of the robot within a higher-level coordinate system. Therefore, measurements remain absolutely precise, even in the event of material changes in …

 

 

Fast and Accurate Fibre-Inspection Solution

Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division has launched the APODIUS Vision System 2D, a standalone solution for advanced carbon-fibre part inspection. Designed for fast results within both production-integrated inspection or offline quality assurance contexts, the APODIUS Vision System 2D delivers unmatched two-dimensional fibre orientation analysis. The system’s data output options allow for specific actual-to-target …

Free CT Webinar Series – Applications and Trends

Learn the basics of CT-based quality assurance, metrology, quality assurance for additive manufacturing, automated inspection, and CT reconstruction in 5 free webinars first hand from the CT experts at Volume Graphics. March 11– 15, each day at 4 & 7 pm CET. Participation is completely free-of-charge? Monday 11th March: Quality Assurance and Material Research Based …

Self Vanishing 3D Scanning Spray

Even with the current state of the art scanners it is necessary to apply spray in some application cases; while spaying parts for reverse engineering and prototype parts has become an accepted practise spraying large volume of parts in production application is problematic due to the spray contamination. A new …

Metrology To Drive Factories Of Future

Metrology News Editor was recently privileged to spend 2 days touring the Advanced Manufacturing Research Group (AMRC). Focused activity buildings include composites, nuclear, machining and castings operating under a methodology of cooperative technology development activities between the AMRC and industrial partners. The AMRC was established in 2001 as a £15 million …

Versatile Robotic 3D Scanner

Raptor3DX, from Korean company VYLO, is a versatile hybrid optical scanner providing both automatic and manual stationary scanning modes. The compact, detachable stereo scanning sensor acts as a powerful sensor engine when used in automatic mode and a flexible 3D scanner when detached and used in stationary mode. The Raptor3DX robotic …

Industry Shifting From 2D to 3D Inspection

In order to meet the demands of emerging quality control applications, the industry is undergoing a fundamental transition from 2D to 3D technology. The reason? There are many applications where 3D is the only viable solution for automated quality control. As the level of automation increases and product quality becomes …

3D Laser Line Scanner Resolution Explained

The performance of 3D scanners is driven by the ever-increasing demands of industry, resulting in solutions with increasingly powerful specifications. Among those specifications, resolution plays a significant part in the criteria of choice. Yet this apparently simple concept covers notions not quite so easily grasped according to laser scanner manufacturer …

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