May 2019 Metrology News Monthly Magazine

Editors Message:
This month’s editorial focus at Metrology News was the Control Exhibition and Big Data. Metrology News certainly had a busy month attending both the Control expo in Stuttgart and the TCT+Rapid expo in Detroit; keeping pace with all of the new product introductions announced over past weeks has been a challenge. This year’s Control expo filled 6 halls and showcased all aspects of metrology technology for industrial manufacturing, rapid prototyping and reverse engineering. The take away from the show for Metrology News was that the very latest metrology grade optical scanners now offer the precision, resolution and ease of use ensuring their further penetration across all but the most precise measurement applications. We have reported the latest financial results of the larger publicly traded metrology equipment suppliers over past weeks, most continue to exhibit growth as the market uptake of their latest technology offerings continues to grow. However, a potential black cloud appears to be looming over the industry, with ‘trade wars’, political uncertainties and the automotive industry transitioning to EV’s all weighing on future business predictions.  For sure the investment of companies, big and small, in the development of new equipment solutions continues at a relentless pace – we showcase many of these new product introduction in this month’s Newsletter.

Keith Mills – Publishing Editor

100 Years of Industrial Metrology

ZEISS measuring technology has stood for quality assurance for 100 years: now, more attention is being paid to increasing customers’ productivity than ever before. “We are proud to celebrate 100 years of ZEISS measuring technology. Yet 100 years are just the beginning because our goal today and in the future read more

Blade Measurement Cycles Dramatically Reduced

Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division has announced the latest version of its GLOBAL D HTA. The high throughput, high accuracy measuring solution for the aerospace industry delivers major enhancements to Hexagon’s high-speed, non-contact compressor blade measurement system. It builds on the performance strength of the GLOBAL S HTA’s predecessor, which delivered … read more

3D Scanner Meets Boeing’s Requirements

Creaform has announced that its HandySCAN 3D metrology-grade 3D laser scanner can now be used for recording physical attributes of aircraft dents and blends on all models of Boeing commercial airplanes. Boeing has released a service letter with guidance on the use of 3D scanners for measuring dents and blends on read more

Next Generation 3D Dynamic Video Projection

EXTEND3D, a supplier of of mobile and dynamic 3D Augmented-Reality operator assistance systems for Industry 4.0, has introduced several innovative new features into its Werklicht 3D software platform enabling even more varied use of the Werklicht Pro laser and video projectors for the optimization of manufacturing assembly and testing processes. … read more

Implementation of MBD with Digital GD&T Enables Digital Twin Driving Quality Improvements

Many businesses are still clinging to 2D drawings or a combination of 2D and 3D CAD renderings. Although 2D drawings may feel comfortable to use, they can actually cause problems throughout the design and manufacturing process. For example, any change made to a 2D drawing has to be manually applied. read more

Automatic Determination of Optimal Computed Tomography Settings

With automatic determination of the optimal settings, the operation of coordinate measuring machines (CMM) with computed tomography (CT) has become simplified. . With WinWerth TomoAssist, any user can achieve good reproducibility with short measurement times, regardless of experience level. The new WinWerth TomoAssist software module from Werth Messtechnik, Germany, makes the … read more

Kreon Launch Zephyr III 3D CMM Scanner

KREON has launched a new generation of CMM scanners based on more than 25 years of experience in industrial metrology. Regardless of industrial sector or the measurement application, the new Zephyr III scans all kinds of parts in record time without impacting the precision of the mesh or obtained point read more

Volkswagen and AWS Join Forces to Transform Automotive Manufacturing

Amazon Web Services (AWS), an company, and the Volkswagen Group recently announced a multi-year, global agreement to build the Volkswagen Industrial Cloud, a cloud-based Industrial digital production platform that will transform the automotive company’s manufacturing and logistics processes. Volkswagen will rely upon the breadth and depth of AWS’s portfolio read more

Making Sense Of Big Data

Big data analytics is the use of advanced analytic techniques against very large, diverse data sets that include structured, semi-structured and unstructured data, from different sources, and in different sizes from terabytes to zettabytes. Big data is a term applied to data sets whose size or type is beyond the ability … read more

Optically Tracked Wireless 3D Metrology Grade Scanner Launched

SHINING 3D has released its newest industrial level metrology solution at this year’s Control Exhibition in Stuttgart, Germany. The system is comprised of three products, FreeTrak optical tracker, Freescan Trak 3D scanner, and FreeTrak Probe, which work in conjunction or separately to provide a truly comprehensive industrial scale measurement solution. Based … read more

Setting New On-Machine Tool Measurement Standard

Renishaw, will launch its latest non-contact tool setting solution at the EMO 2019 exhibition (16th – 21st September). The new NC4+ Blue system will be one of many smart factory process control solutions demonstrated by Renishaw, which are proven to help machine shops across many industries transform their production capabilities. read more

Markforged Launches Blacksmith AI Software For Repeatable Additive Manufacturing

Markforged, a leading provider of metal and carbon fiber 3D printers, has announced Blacksmith, the first Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered software that makes manufacturing machines ‘aware’ so they can automatically adjust programming to ensure every part is produced as designed. Blacksmith is a breakthrough in smart factories and the first exampleread more

CheckMate for Solidworks Automates CMM Programming and Adds Results to Digital Twin

Origin’s latest release of its SOLIDWORKS add-in delivers powerful new productivity tools to the SOLIDWORKS community. “Many companies see a need to improve the efficiency of Inspection but are put off by the perceived risks of model based definition (MBD),” says Murray Desnoyer CEO of Origin. “And there’s demand to add … read more

Revolutionary Digital 3D Microscope Launched

Vision Engineering Ltd has unveiled at the Control Exhibition a revolutionary digital 3D stereoscopic display technology. Unlike traditional mono digital microscopes, Vision Engineering’s Deep Reality Viewer (DRV) creates stereo high definition 3D images, without using a monitor or requiring operators to wear headsets or specialist glasses: images ‘float’ in front … read more

peel 2 – Affordable Color Laser Scanner Released

The professional-range and affordable 3D scanner developer peel 3d has introduced peel 2, a new variant of its popular scanner, which features three cameras making it now possible to capture the colors of objects with an unprecedented level of scanning accuracy for a device in its price range. Two years after breaking … read more

High Precision Small Part Scanner For Quality Control

Artec 3D, has announced the addition of Artec Micro, an automated, metrology-grade desktop 3D scanner, to its portfolio of 3D scanning solutions. Equipped with cutting-edge twin cameras, Artec Micro is the company’s most accurate 3D scanner to-date. Complete with blue LED lights that are synchronized with the scanner’s dual-axis rotation … read more

Big Data Management in Additive Manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing of polymers is transitioning from rapid prototyping to a true industrial production technique. While it brings valuable opportunities to the industry it also comes with a series of challenges for the engineers: the reliability of the mechanical properties of the final part still has some uncertainty and is … read more

Mitutoyo Launch Cantilever Shop-Floor CMM

Shop-floor coordinate measuring machines are indispensable when it comes to quick measuring immediately after machining operations.  Coordinate measuring machine (CMM) manufacturer Mitutoyo has released at the Control Expo, Stuttgart, Germany its newly developed, compact CNC model ‘‘MiSTAR 555’’ that is perfectly suitable for this purpose. Inspecting 3D features during the manufacturing … read more

Registration For Annual Coordinate Metrology Society Conference Opens

At this practical, user-driven metrology conference attendees have the opportunity to try coordinate metrology equipment, educate themselves in metrology principles, become certified and most important, be able to implement your newfound knowledge into your workplace. With direct interaction from over 400 end users of metrology solutions including developers, decision makers … more info

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