This month has seen a significant number of new product launches from metrology equipment suppliers as manufacturing companies globally get back to work, albeit with adjusted working arrangements. Two main stand-outs from all the these new product introductions are that 3D scanning is becoming the new norm as is production metrology integrated onto the manufacturing floor. We saw a number of new robot based 3D scanning solutions launched and have focused this month’s newsletter on a review of production metrology and scanning products, both integrated and hand-held.
Linkedin and email inbox’s are awash with seminars and virtual events from the metrology industry, as it switches away from cancelled exhibition events, to online activities, to both educate and promote products and services. Having attended quite few over past weeks I can comment on the professionalism and usefulness of this new communication era. Some must be questioning whether the hugely expensive physical events will ever return to their former past as suppliers and customers find value from these online events, both in terms of time utilization and the ability to communicate directly with the experts. I look forward to your thoughts and feedback.
As we close out the 1st half of 2020 who would have predicted how it has turned out. Budgets are in tatters, business uncertainties abound and travel no longer as integral in our daily working lives. Almost 90 new articles were posted this month on the Metrology News platform demonstrating that whatever the uncertainty surrounding each of us at this time the metrology sector continues to vibrate with energy. Let’s hope that the 2nd half of 2020 brings about renewed fortunes – one thing is for sure the metrology sector is working hard and being incredibly innovative to win the battle.
The full list of published June articles can be reviewed by clicking here.
Enjoy the read – stay safe!
Keith Mills – Publishing Editor
Nikon Corporation (Nikon) and DMG MORI have concluded a memorandum of understanding for a comprehensive business alliance. As part of the alliance Nikon’s non-contact laser scanner LC15Dx is to be sold integrated onto DMG MORI’s machine tools. Nikon’s LC15Dx, non-contact laser scanner, enables multi-point measurement with equivalent accuracy of contact-type coordinate … read more
In the Smart Factory of tomorrow, the measuring systems must generate absolutely accurate and traceable measurement results in the line without waiting for results from the CMM measuring room. This means that the tasks of inline process control and classic measurement technology must be combined in one system, thus creating … read more
Mid-way through its fiscal year, Polyrix has announced that it already tripled its revenue from 2019. Earlier this year, the company secured numerous orders for its new PolyScan XL8. The XL8 being its latest, high-resolution Surround 3D Scanning system, targeted for mid-size automotive and aerospace components. Phil Lambert, CEO of Polyrix … read more
There has been a long recognised need for consistent, effective, efficient and robust data to drive manufacturing processes. HYPERSCAN from INSPHRE has been created to collect high-integrity datasets that are information-rich and can deliver the manufacturing insights that sit at the heart of Industry 4.0. It has the ability to … read more
When manual gauging processes were incapable of delivering the throughput necessary to achieve a high-volume part-manufacturing target Olympus NDT automated inspection processes using a programmable shop floor gauging system gaining the manufacturing capacity needed with improved part quality and reduced scrap. Background Olympus NDT is a world-leading manufacturer of non-destructive testing (NDT) … read more
Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division has announced an update to the PartInspect automated structured light scanning inspection platform. Expanding on the PartInspect L turnkey cell released in 2019, the expansion of the ScanControl software that powers the PartInspect platform now allows for manual fine-tuning of measurement plans as well as custom-built automation … read more
Creaform has announced the release of the latest version of the MetraSCAN 3D® lineup, the company’s advanced optical CMM scanner designed specifically to perform metrology-grade 3D measurements and inspections — right on the production floor. As the fastest and most accurate portable optical CMM scanner, the MetraSCAN BLACK can be … read more
The Wenzel optical 3D sensor WM | RS-C is a surface measuring white light interferometer and was developed for measuring, characterizing and inspecting topographies, roughness and finest structures in a microscopic environment. The WM | RS-C captures 3D surfaces as a point cloud or triangulated STL mesh and thus enables DIN … read more
ZEISS 3D sensors combine 2D contour measurement using the multiple line triangulation principle enabling high precision, high-speed inspection of complex geometric characteristics in vehicle body construction. The ZEISS AIMax twin sensor is used to capture the geometric dimensions of the gap and the flush on metal and painted surfaces. … read more
Matrox Imaging has announced the launch of the Matrox AltiZ, a series of integrated high-fidelity 3D profile sensors featuring a dual-camera single-laser design. The fully integrated 3D profile sensors boast an optimized design that greatly lessens scanning gaps. Simultaneous viewing of the laser line by the Matrox AltiZ’s two opposed optical … read more
Artec 3D has announced the availability of Artec Studio 15, the latest version of its award-winning software. – For CGI artists, enhanced color reproduction and model-to-model texture transfers will make creating life-like models even easier. In addition, boosted algorithms will ensure maximum accuracy and speed when scanning with Artec’s handheld, … read more
Polyga has announced the official release of its new H3 handheld 3D scanner. The H3 is an all-purpose handheld 3D scanner suitable for scanning mechanical parts into high-accuracy digital 3D models with ease. “We wanted to create a handheld 3D scanner that produces scan data as good as our stationary 3D … read more
FARO Technologies has announced the release of the FARO Gage its most affordable and accurate 3D portable coordinate measurement machine (CMM). The FARO Gage is ideal for small and medium-sized businesses performing high-accuracy tasks, the Gage is the most intuitive, ergonomic, and versatile articulated portable FaroArm, enabling machine shops to … read more
ZEISS has Introduced its new CALENO measuring machine which it describes as more than a robot. It’s a Hambot. The new system combines the accuracy of a HAM (Horizontal Arm Machine) with the speed of a robot. The ZEISS CALENO ensures maximum productivity and precision using the combination of high-performance … read more
A market leader in additive manufacturing in the UK has seen its part setup time reduced from 5 hours to 10 minutes with the adoption of innovative technology from Renishaw PLC and MSP. By automating 3T Additive Manufacturing’s processes, MSP’s products have given the company the confidence to complete the setup … read more
The challenging market that manufacturing is operating in is pushing continuous improvement efforts to automate more, bigger and better. However, the vast chunk of labor time is spent on tedious and repetitive tasks which are still poorly automated. One of the examples of such a repetitive process that has been … read more
Founded in 2018 by a group of 3D metrology experts, Opus ST is a company specializing in the design and production of Quality Control fixtures & gauges to be used in the QC Laboratory or directly onto the production line. Working with SMEs and larger industrial companies wanting to incorporate … read more
A new report has been published to help advanced manufacturers exploit growing commercial opportunities and to identify future R&D priorities in an Industry 4.0 age. Particular focus in the 10-year road map document has been placed on measurement and control techniques, known as metrology, in the digital industrial technologies revolution. With digital … read more
If you’re designing a new product or component, considering the requirements for inspection can improve productivity and boost quality. Carl Hitchens, Nuclear AMRC head of machining and metrology, introduces the essentials of design for inspection. When designing new products or components, it is now common practice to use design for manufacturability … read more