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‘METROLOGY BREW’ News Bulletin – 22nd January

Summary of metrology and smart manufacturing news from the past 7 days.

A Future Where Humans and Robots Collaborate

During the recent CES 2024 exhibition at the Factory Section of the Nikon booth, a glimpse into the future of manufacturing was showcased through Nikon’s in-development Robot Vision. This cutting-edge technology, mounted on a robotic arm, exhibited the capability to identify and process parts with unparalleled speed and precision, surpassing the visual acuity of the human eye … read more

The Shifting Vision of a Smart Factory

Today, our understanding of the ‘Smart Factory’ is unequivocally linked with deep learning and AI. This is very different to our understanding of the concept fifteen years ago, when the first visions of the Smart Factory of the future emerged. What became of these early visions? And where are we today? … read more

Quality Assurance Boosted With Automated µCMM

The German-Italian dental product manufacturer Zfx is responding to the Medical Device Regulation with greater precision and automation in quality management. Zfx is a global dental company based in Dachau (Germany) and Gargazon (Italy). On the one hand, Zfx develops and produces prosthetic components for dentists … read more

How Augmented Reality is Revolutionizing Manufacturing 

The world of manufacturing is evolving rapidly with the introduction of new technologies. Augmented Reality (AR) is a technology that overlays digital information in the real world, allowing users to interact with virtual objects in a real environment. This technology can potentially revolutionize how manufacturing companies assemble … read more

UMATI Opens Chinese Showroom To Showcase Open Data Networking

Interested parties in China can now explore umati more fully and experience the benefits of open, standardized OPC UA-based interfaces. The joint connectivity initiative of the VDW and VDMA has opened the ‘Smart IoT in Production’ showroom in China … read more

API Announces Return of Laser Tracker ‘Try It and Buy It’ Program

Automated Precision (API), a global leader in dimensional metrology solutions, has reintroduced its popular “Try It and Buy It” (TiBi) program. This initiative is designed to support new customers who are keen on evaluating the groundbreaking Laser Tracker technology. The “Try It and Buy It” program offers eligible customers … read more

Tool Manufacturer Invests in Digital Microscope To Provide Complete Tool Investigation

UK based Rainford Precision has invested in a Keyence digital microscope to provide a complete tool investigation and consultancy service for customers. Offering  extensive ranges of drills, end mills, reamers, thread-mills and complementary tools, from universally standard dimensions down to the micro range … read more

Trescal Announce Further Calibration Company Acquisitions Including A.A. Jansson

Trescal, a global leader in calibration services, has announced the acquisition of A.A. Jansson in the United States, Lumadae and ACCI in Brazil, Q&Q in South Korea, SP Metrology System in Thailand. Together, these acquisitions represent €12M ($13.2M) in sales and 200 employees … read more

Precision LiDAR Technology Enables Next Generation AI-Based Automation

SiLC Technologies, Inc. (SiLC), a leading developer of integrated single-chip FMCW LiDAR solutions, has announced the launch of the Eyeonic Vision System Mini (Eyeonic Mini), a groundbreaking advancement in LiDAR technology. This innovative system, integrating a full multi-channel FMCW LiDAR on a single silicon photonics chip … read more

ABB Acquires AI-Enabled 3D Vision Robotics Navigation Technology Company

ABB has announced that it has acquired Swiss start-up Sevensense, a leading provider of AI-enabled 3D vision navigation technology for autonomous mobile robots (AMRs). Sevensense was founded as a spin-off from Swiss Technical University. “This marks a significant step towards our vision of a workplace where AI-enabled … read more

Automotive Exterior Inspection and Paint Defects Detection Using Advanced Sensors and Computer Vision

In the automotive industry, where precision and perfection are not just goals but necessities, ensuring the highest quality in exterior parts is paramount. This is where the innovative collaboration between Landing AI and Micro-Epsilon comes into play, revolutionizing the way automotive exterior parts are inspected … read more

Sigmetrix Announces Mechanical Variation and Tolerance Analysis Software Partnership with E-SOFT

Sigmetrix, a global leader in mechanical variation and tolerance analysis software, has announced the partnership of E-SOFT France, its new subsidiary based in Paris. This strategic development marks an intensified collaboration with EnginSoft across Europe, aiming to enhance the accessibility of cutting-edge engineering software solutions and dedicated support services for clients … read more

2024 Trends: Expanded Simulation, Generative AI and Cloud Migration

As we enter the new year, Jonathan Girroir, Technology Evangelist at Tech Soft 3D shares his thoughts on where 3D technology will go in 2024. Tech Soft 3D has spent over 25 years helping more than 700 companies build 3D engineering software … read more

Integrator Cuts Robot Cycle Time By 17% and Programming Time in Half

Realtime Robotics, a leader in collision-free autonomous motion planning for industrial robots, has announced that Valiant TMS, a full-service Industry 4.0 system integrator, has partnered with the company to apply its innovative Optimization-as-a-Service solution to customers’ manufacturing operations … read more