Metrology-Enhanced Automation System

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence has announced it new Metrology Enhanced Automation (MEA) system which will debut at the Automate Expo, April 8 – 11, McCormick Place, Chicago.  Hexagon’s Metrology Enhanced Automation (MEA) system will feature in a Manufacturing Cell, demonstrating how smarter manufacturing systems can be easily developed and deployed.

At the heart of the system is the Leica Absolute Tracker AT960, which streamlines the main control interface of the cell, maintains the workflow sequence and provides robotic/measurement control. The MEA cell measures surfaces of a part and outputs the true position and vector data of each simulated feature location to a FANUC industrial robot. Also featured is a Leica Absolute Tracker automation station providing virtual measurement simulation and robot offline programming, as well as analysis data monitoring and reporting.

Hexagon thought leader Joseph VanPelt will will present a technical paper on Wednesday, April 10, 8am – 9am in the AI, Digitalization and Smart Manufacturing Track. His presentation Real time Robotic Path Correction for Manufacturing and Assembly will explore the answers to key automation questions and cover application segments where the manufacturing industry is moving away from large-scale specialized machining and assembly tools toward general-purpose robotics instead.  The paper will present what is currently possible in the emerging realm of metrology-augmented robotics, and where future development in this field may lead.

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