Metrology News Monthly Magazine

Editors Message:
This month’s editorial focus at Metrology News was Augmented Reality – a technology that will play an increasing role on the production floor in coming years. As we head into the summer months published several articles on recently issued market statistics on the North American Machine Vision and Robot markets along with European Machine Tool Consumption statistics. The reported numbers from the official organization bodies report a market softening – we will see if they are upheld by the metrology sector as the industry start reporting quarterly financial numbers in a few weeks. The most significant acquisition of the year-to-date has been confirmed as a completed deal with GOM now becoming part of the Zeiss Group. This month’s Featured Stories included “ BMW Introduce ‘Measurement Room’ Of The Future; The Rise Of Scanners; Airbus To Reach New Heights With Mixed Reality Technology and Augmented Reality Bridges Digital and Physical Worlds.

Keith Mills – Publishing Editor

BMW Introduce ‘Measurement Room’ Of The Future

For several months, a new type of in-line multi-cell inspection system has been in use in the body shop of the BMW Group’s Dingolfing, Germany plant for quality control. It works fully automated and combines a wide range of innovative measuring methods for geometrical assessment of the body. The system … more

GOM Officially Joins ZEISS Group

ZEISS has confirmed that the acquisition of GOM, a leading provider of hardware and software for automated 3D coordinate measuring technology, has been concluded successfully. With the completion of this transaction, GOM has become part of the ZEISS Industrial Quality & Research segment (revenue in 2017/18: 1.549 billion euros) … more

The Rise Of The Scanners

Across all fields of metrology, there has been a marked increase in the use of non-contact measuring systems. While contact probing systems are often regarded as the gold standard in terms of accuracy, non-contact systems offer many advantages. Simple and rapid collection of vast datasets are obviously well suited to … more

Airbus To Reach New Heights With Mixed Reality Technology

It took Airbus 40 years to build its first 10,000 aircraft. Over the next 20 years, the aerospace giant aims to build 20,000 more – a formidable challenge that will require cutting-edge innovation. Holographic technology from Microsoft, known as “mixed reality” because it combines physical and digital worlds, will be key … more

AR Bridges Physical and Digital Worlds

Augmented reality (AR) technology is here now, and companies of all shapes and sizes are utilizing it to change the way work gets done and to drive better outcomes for themselves and their clients. IDC believes that organizations should be among the first to embrace this new technology or they … more

Hexagon Revolutionizes Reality Capture

Hexagon AB has introduced two new additions to the Leica BLK series. The Leica BLK2GO is the smallest portable, completely integrated handheld-imaging scanner in the industry, and the Leica BLK247 is the first 3D laser-scanning sensor for security surveillance providing continuous, 24/7 situational awareness. “Extending the BLK series continues Hexagon’s 20-year focus on revolutionizing … more

MRO Facility Installs Turbine Rotor Assemble Systems

RPI UK, a leading specialist in rotary measurement, has installed the first of two integrated rotor measurement and assembly platforms (iMAPs) at a major aero engine maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility. The US based facility carry out MRO of major OEM engines. Jim Palmer, RPI’s sales manager, said: “It’s great … more

Quality Control Of Electrical Plugs With CT

In the past, computed tomography (CT) was only for physicians. Today, industry has adopted the CT scanning enabling the non-destructive digitizing of parts with internal structures and hidden geometries. The real-life example from Belden Cekan A/S in Denmark shows how manufacturing companies can benefit from CT part analysis: The company manufactures … more

On-Machine Reporter App For Smart Factories

Renishaw, member of the MTConnect Standards Committee, will introduce an enhanced version of its Reporter on-machine probing app, complete with MTConnect data streaming capability, at EMO Hannover 2019. Reporter is a real-time process monitoring app which generates highly-visual, graphical representations of measurement data. It displays the pass, fail or warning status … more

Laser Interferometer Verifies Tumpf TruMatic 700 Faster and More Accurately

When Trumpf saw API’s XD Laser at a trade show, they immediately recognized that it could measure the three degrees of freedom (DoF) needed for production of their TruMatic 7000 punch laser machine in only a single measurement process. A subsequent demo at Trumpf’s factory in Ditzingen, Germany, however, revealed … more

LK Launch Anniversary Budget CMM

LK Metrology has celebrated its first year of trading as a stand-alone company, following its purchase at the end of March 2018 from Nikon Metrology. The last time LK was independently owned was prior to its takeover by former holding group Metris at the beginning of 2006. LK Metrology is … more

Optical Profiler Engineered For Speed

Sensofar Metrology has announced the release of the 5th generation of its flagship optical profiler. The S neox is a high-performance non-contact 3D optical profiler microscope system purposely-designed for subnano, nano and micro-scale measurement, with advanced inspection and analysis capabilities. The new S neox outperforms existing optical 3D profiling microscopes in … more

Marsurf Variable Drive Offers Roughness and Contour Measurements

Mahr has announced the addition of the variable-drive MarSurf VD series, which enables roughness and contour measurements to be performed on the same machine. The operator can easily and quickly change between a high-precision roughness probe system or a highly dynamic contour probe system, depending on the measuring task. Along with … more

RX Solutions Strengthens CT Portfolio

RX Solutions, specialized in the development of X-ray systems, recently announced the all-new EasyTom S. The new x-ray system highlights RX Solutions’ commitment to creating computed tomography equipment that prioritize performance, smart design and versatility. The all-new RX Solutions EasyTom S is a tomographic solution that can be used for a … more

Summit To Showcase QIF Experiences

The Dimensional Metrology Standards Consortium (DMSC) Board will hold the 2019 QIF Summit at this year’s 3D Collaboration & Interoperability Congress (3D CIC) taking place in Golden, Colorado, USA October 7-11, 2019. The DMSC Board are asking DMSC members to participate in sharing their Quality Information Framework (QIF) implementation experiences within … more

Carbon Fiber Parts Inspected With Wide Line Portable Laser Scanner

Compositech is an ISO 9001 certified company present on the market since 2004 dealing with the production of parts in composite materials, typically carbon fiber prepreg in autoclave, mainly for the automotive and motorsport sectors. In order to respond with short timescales, guarantee customer confidentiality and security of the data, … more



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