January Metrology News Newsletter

 

Editors Message:

The initial month of 2019 is almost behind us and it certainly has not been a slow start to the year for metrology news with an abundance of new products, acquisitions and industry news coming across the editor’s desk confirming that 2019 will be another banner year for the industrial metrology sector. Our editorial focus in January was Computed Tomography (CT), a technology that continues to add momentum both for investigation of part defects and part metrology, and for some applications, is now challenging traditional Coordinate Measuring Machine dimensional inspections. With the growing uptake of Additive Manufacturing (AM) CT is also supporting the dimensional inspection of the internal structures of AM parts.  New product introductions this month included a new CMM scanner from Hexagon alongside their announcement of the acquisition of the calibration solution company Etalon. Our focused CT stories included “Computed Tomography Explained’, “How Do CT Measurements Stack-Up against The CMM” and “A Review of MicroComputed Tomography in AM

This months highlighted articles include “What is Cognitive Manufacturing?” and “Increasing 3D Scanning Performance With Smart Accelerator”. Over 50 articles have been posted to-date in January; a sample are represented in this month’s publication. Check out all of this month’s posts on the site. Metrology News has also added an Events Directory with global events featured in our monthly calendar providing an ‘at-glance’ overview of all the most important upcoming industry events.

Keith Mills – Publishing Editor

Computed Tomography Explained

Computed Tomography (CT) is increasingly being used for non-destructive inspection and dimensional measurement of manufactured prototype and production parts. Besides the determination of measurement uncertainty, the recent advancements in technology, both hardware and software, has enabled this technology to become common place in universities, research centers and has started to …

Simulating Performance of CT-Scanned AM Parts

While Additive Manufacturing (AM) has many advantages for industry, including the ability to optimize the design of high-value parts and other components, it also comes with some risks. When used in manufacturing, it is possible that parts deviate from their idealized CAD original designs, resulting in unexpected defects in the …

Microcomputed Tomography in AM – Review of Current Technology and Applications

X-ray microcomputed tomography (microCT) has become an established method of testing and analyzing additively manufactured (AM) parts in recent years, being especially useful and accurate for dimensional measurement and porosity analysis. While this nondestructive analysis method is gaining traction among AM researchers and engineers, the capabilities of the method are …

Using CT For Automatic Plastic Mold Correction

Several different methods are used to achieve high product quality in injection molding. The standard method is to design the mold under consideration of the production parameters, for example the shrinkage of the plastic can be taken into account. An alternative method uses modification of the production parameters based on …

How Do CT Measurements Stack-Up Against CMM?

X-ray computed tomography (CT) is uniquely suited for dimensional measurement of components having internal geometry, difficult-to-reach part features, and easy-to-deform or flexible structures. Through the development of standards it is also becoming accepted as a metrology tool. The objectives of a study by Herminso Villarraga-Gómez were to compare dimensional measurements on artifacts …

Seeing Into The Future To Outperform Competition

Over the past few years, the TCG Unitech Group, an Austrian high-pressure die casting and injection molding manufacturer, has become an industry leader. To ensure its manufacturing processes remain competitive in the future, a decision was made at company headquarters in Kirchdorf, Austria, to invest in a ZEISS computed tomograph. The …

Smart Vision Accelerator Manage Increased 3D Scanning Performance

Vision accelerators are becoming an emerging solution to the increased processing demands in complex 3D scanning and inspection quality control applications. With a vision accelerator, customers have new approach to achieving higher performance, with little or no effort, when the built-in processing capabilities of smart sensors are unable to keep …

Versatile Blue Line Laser CMM Scanner Launched

Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division has launched its first blue laser scanning sensor for creating point clouds. The HP-L-5.8 joins Hexagon’s comprehensive range of tactile and non-contact sensors for CMMs and is designed for companies who need a versatile, affordable, fixed-line laser sensor. The HP-L-5.8 performs equally well when taking point cloud measurements from …

Vehicle Measurements Performed at Speed of Light

The Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles factory in Września, Poland represents the most cutting-edge production facility in the entire VW Group. Werner Steinert, the Quality Manager, was tasked with acquiring measuring technology as impressive as the production facility itself. He opted to fully leverage the potential of optical measuring technology. To ensure that …

What Is Cognitive Manufacturing?

Cognitive manufacturing uses cognitive computing, the Industrial IoT, and advanced analytics to optimize manufacturing processes in ways that were not previously possible. It helps organizations improve fundamental business metrics such as productivity, product reliability, quality, safety and yield, while reducing downtime and lowering costs. What It Is and Why It Matters Cognitive …

Faro Announces Planned Succession of Founder and CEO

FARO has announced that Dr. Simon Raab plans to retire as President and Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the Board of Directors.  Dr. Raab will remain in his current role as President and CEO and as a member of the Board of Directors until a successor is appointed.  Dr. Raab has …

Hexagon Strengthens Smart Factory Position with Etalon Autonomous Calibration Technologies

Hexagon AB has announced the acquisition of Etalon, a provider of equipment calibration solutions. Etalon’s solutions continuously monitor and initiate compensation of machine tools, measuring machines, robots and structures to ensure the dimensional accuracy of manufactured parts. Founded in 2004, Etalon employs around 25 people with domain expertise in production and …

Innovation Mission for U.S. Air Force

Airmen at Travis U.S. Air Force Base in California are implementing innovative strategies to reduce man hours and increase mission effectiveness and over the past several months, the base has implemented a variety of innovations including 3D printing and 3D scanning. Cultivating a culture of innovation is essential to mission success, …

2019 Metrology Events Listing

Metrology News has selected the premium global events to feature in our monthly calendar providing an ‘at-glance’ overview of all of the most important upcoming events. Links to event websites are included providing a seamless user interaction for event planning purposes. To view events in a monthly calendar format click here …