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‘METROLOGY BREW’ News Bulletin – February 15th

Read a quick summary of metrology and smart manufacturing news from the past 7 days.

Verisurf Peel Back Value With MBD Based 3D Scanning Solution

Verisurf Software has announced a distribution agreement with peel 3d naming Verisurf as worldwide distributor for the complete line of peel 3D hand-held scanning products. In parallel Verisurf Software has also announced special limited time pricing on its 3D scanning and reverse engineering solution bundle. The turn-key scanning and reverse engineering … read more

Aerospace Supplier Receives First PPAP Quality Certification

Hanwha Aerospace has announced that it had recently received the first Product Part Approval Process (PPAP) certification in the world from Rolls-Royce, one of the top three global aircraft engine manufacturers. The certification authorizes Hanwha Aerospace to perform PPAP inspections to verify that newly built aircraft engine parts meet requisite standards … read more

Automated Gap Measurement Energizes Critical ITER Component

A team of engineers at Research Instruments (RI), Germany, have completed the ITER Inner-Vertical Target (IVT) prototype engineering phase. Achieved in record time and with tonnes of iron will, the team of experts successfully produced the second European prototype of a component considered as extremely complex even for those counting … read more

Smart Profile Sensor For Inline Multi Dimensional Control

Efficient inline testing is a prerequisite in many manufacturing processes, helping to reduce downtime, minimising rejection rates and contributing to lower production costs and improved quality control. A key component of most systems are sensors and the continuing advances in sensor technology is helping to provide simpler alternatives for checking … read more

Moving Production Line Flush and Gap Inspection

The EINES Inline Flush & Gap Inspection System is claimed to be the first flush and gap inspection system able to scan on a moving line assembled automotive closures and bodies with no interruption of production tact times. The inspection system results in higher control, productivity and efficiency enabling real … read more

CMM Manufacturer Acquires CMM Service Provider

Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) manufacturer AIMS Metrology has announced the acquisition of the assets of Measurement Specialties Inc. (MSI).  AIMS and MSI are both located in Dayton, Ohio in USA. MSI calibrate, certify and program CMMs, with a specialization in Sheffield machines, while also providing both retrofit and repair services … read more

FlexScan3D To Power DIY 3D Scanners

Polyga has announced the availability of FlexScan3D software that allows users to build an affordable 3D scanner powered by the company’s proprietary 3D scanning platform. “Choosing the right 3D scanning software can make all the difference when it comes to building your own 3D scanner because it’s the control center for … read more

Renishaw Technology Aids INEOS TEAM UK Progress Into PRADA Cup Final

Global engineering company, Renishaw, has announced its delight that Sir Ben Ainslie and INEOS TEAM UK have succeeded in winning a place in the PRADA America’s Cup World Series Final which starts on February 13th, 2021. INEOS TEAM UK will compete against the Italian team, Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli, for … read more

3D Laser Scanning Speeds Superyacht Refits

Spain’s Bravo Yacht Design Group (BYD) recently completed its 200th 3D yacht scan. The 73m Lürssen Coral Ocean has just undergone a detailed exterior scan, prior to receiving extensive refit work. It follows hot on the heels of a full interior and exterior scan for the 45m luxury motor yacht … read more

CT Scanner To Deliver Improved Part Inspection and Faster Results

Trademark Plastics, Inc. (TPI) specializing in custom injection molding has partnered with Zeiss. TPI has incorporated Zeiss’s METROTOM 800 (CT) as the latest in quality assurance technology to perform measuring and inspection functions. The Zeiss METROTOM is an industrial computed tomography system for measuring and inspecting complete components made of … read more

AMRC and Alan Turing Institute To Boost Artificial Intelligence in Manufacturing

The Alan Turing Institute and the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) have signed an agreement to work together to identify opportunities for artificial intelligence (AI) adoption in manufacturing, accelerate research collaboration and boost skills development. The two organisations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will draw … read more

Height Gauge Improves Precision Machined Components Inspection

With tolerances on components getting tighter and customer requirements getting stricter, Chelburn Precision was keen to improve their measurement abilities. Based in Rochdale, UK the company found the solution in a Trimos V7 height gauge, supplied by Bowers Group. As one of the UK’s leading suppliers of precision machined components to … read more

Machine Learning Fault Detection to Deliver on Smart Factory Aerospace Fasteners Production Line

LISI Aerospace (BAI UK) and the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) have jointly secured £975,000 ($1,365,000)  in funding from the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) to unlock productivity gains, new markets and reduce waste in the fastener industry through the integration of Industry 4.0 technologies … read more

Vision Components Introduce Smallest Embedded Vision System

Probably the world’s smallest embedded vision system – fully integrated in one board and hardly bigger than an image sensor module: VC picoSmart from Vision Components. Only 22 mm x 23.5 mm in size, the board camera contains all components necessary for image processing: 1-megapixel CMOS sensor with global shutter, … read more

Highly Repeatability Magnetic Levitation Part Transportation – New Era for Manufacturing

ABB is partnering with Planar Motors Inc. (PMI) to expand its machine automation offering: The integration of PMI’s magnetic levitation technology into the company’s Machine Automation Division’s (B&R) portfolio will accelerate industry’s transition from strictly linear production to an open, adaptive manufacturing space. This will support manufactures in the transition … read more

Reverse Engineering Drives Rapid Prototyping of Hand Sculpted Creative Designs

Blackstone Tek (BST) is an innovative company that builds carbon fiber performance products. It is a combination of the business profile and a love for racing which enables them to create exceedingly strong but still lightweight wheels, fuel tanks, swingarms, fairings and custom-built components for iconic motorcycle and automotive brands … read more

3D Scanning Aids Creation of Anniversary Harley Davidson Custom Bike

Harley-Davidson Fans are certainly familiar with Thunderbike . Founded in 1985, the company from Hamminkeln in the Lower Rhine region of Germany specializes in the retrofitting of Harley-Davidson motorcycles (custom bikes) and operates a roadhouse on its premises, which has become the place to be for Harley fans in Germany … read more

NIST Announce 2021 R&D Funding Program

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced its fiscal year 2021 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I topics. NIST’s SBIR program encourages domestic small businesses to engage in federal research and development that has the potential for commercialization with funding of up … read more

U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders Uptick in December 2020

December 2020 orders of manufacturing technology totaled $456.7 million, nearly a 40% increase from November 2020 and a 17.6% increase over December 2019, according to the latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders report published by The Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT). This is the highest monthly total since November 2018 and … read more

Non-Automotive Robot Orders Surpass Automotive Sector

For the first time, yearly orders of robots from non-automotive sectors surpassed automotive robot orders, as sales of robotic units in North America increased 3.5% in 2020 from 2019. This growth was driven by a strong Q4 that was the second-best quarter ever for North American robotic sales with a … read more