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‘METROLOGY BREW’ News Bulletin – January 25th

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

AI as a Game Changer in CMM Programming

Today it’s possible to simply program CMM’s in a few clicks and in minutes, instead of hours using smart programming and automated software solutions. Metrologic Group’s SILMA X4 is set to revolutionize the traditional CMM programming task removing management frustration with CMM ‘bottlenecks’ … read more

Metrology ‘Drives’ Skoda’s New Prototype Vehicle Center

ŠKODA AUTO’s technical development department has opened a new centre for the manufacture of test vehicles and prototypes at its Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic site. The new facility means that these special vehicles can now be built completely under one roof. The carmaker uses state-of-the-art technologies, such as robot stations … read more

Production Capacity Increased With ‘Lights-Out’ Robotic Quality Inspection

Precision aerospace part manufacturer Alloy Specialties has become one of the first adopters of a new robotic quality inspection technology, Tempo, from Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division that has enabled the company to increase its production capacity and staff productivity through automation. Tempo comes from a series of Hexagon products designed to … read more

Smart Laser Scanning Sensor Delivers Inline Inspection, Guidance, and Gauging

Cognex Corporation has introduces the In-Sight 3D-L4000 embedded vision system. In-Sight 3D-L4000 is a breakthrough in three-dimensional (3D) vision technology and combines 3D laser displacement technology with a smart camera allowing factory engineers to quickly, accurately, and cost effectively solve a wide variety of inspections tasks … read more

Cobot Based Inspection Processes For High Mix – Low Volume Production

Quality inspection processes can make the difference between successful production runs and expensive, labor-intensive failures. Products typically undergo cosmetic optical inspection, a metrology inspection step or both. In the medical sector, stringent quality control regulations are the norm whether you’re making face masks, implants or medicines … read more

Robot CT Investigates Large Assembly Defects

Fraunhofer EZRT has been researching and developing in the field of industrial X-ray technology for over 20 years and has extensive know-how in software and hardware components for X-ray and computed tomography systems, especially for demanding special applications. With its components and know-how, the Fraunhofer EZRT partners with plant manufacturers … read more

High-Precision 3D Scanning used in Custom Auto Chassis Design

Jason Heard doesn’t lose a wink of sleep. Of the hundreds of high-performance chassis that he and his partner Jack Fisher have created over the years, not a single one has ever failed. When it comes to what can go wrong on a car, especially as it’s racing across the … read more

Microtomograph Proves Key Tool in Race for Improve Energy Storage Solutions

The development of energy storage solutions, especially for batteries, has been one of the most active industrial fields for many years. The stakes are getting higher with the exponential growth of electric mobility, connected objects and means of communication. Current Context of Energy Storage There is one basic principle when talking about … read more

Massive Testbed Incorporates Powerful X-Ray Machine Capturing Running Engine Data

Rolls-Royce has successfully completed the first engine run on its state-of-the-art Testbed 80, which will be the largest and smartest indoor aerospace testbed in the world when it is officially opened in the coming months. With an internal area of 7,500m2, making it larger than a football field, the testbed conducted … read more

Tracker Measuring Systems Simplify Industrial Robot Programming

Robot software company RoboDK has released TwinTrack, a tool that allows users to program any industrial robot quickly and easily by tracing the desired motion with a handheld probe. As robots move into the hands of less experienced users, there is a growing need for more intuitive programming interfaces that are … read more

Trade Show Curtailments Extend in Europe

With most countries in Europe continuing to be gripped by the pandemic we continue to witness planned exhibition and conference events postponed and cancelled. The exhibition centre in Dusseldorf recently announced: “The continuing high level of infection and the fact that the end of the lockdown is not foreseeable for the … read more

5 Axis Multi-Sensor CMM Supports Rapid Protective Mask AM Production

To help with ongoing personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages, Ontario, Canada based nanofiber manufacturer, BIG-nano, has collaborated with Renishaw to create a local supply chain for protective masks using additive manufacturing (AM). BIG-nano developed a fine liquid blowing technique for the production of nanofiber, allowing it to more easily scale … read more

Sandvik Invests in Leading AI-Powered Manufacturing Software Provider

Sandvik has acquired a minority stake in the privately owned American software company Oqton, a leading provider of AI-powered manufacturing solutions that allows manufacturers to manage, optimize, and automate their manufacturing workflows. “This investment is in line with our strategic agenda to broaden our offering in digital manufacturing … read more

Automated Vehicle Inspection System Company Receives Hyundai Investment

UVeye, a developer of automated vehicle-inspection systems, has secured strategic investments from Hyundai Motor Company and several other investors to accelerate the company’s global expansion plans. UVeye announced it has raised more than $40 million from carmakers and other strategic investors since it was founded four years ago … read more

Lumentum and Coherent to Combine in $5.7 Billion Deal

Lumentum Holdings Inc. (“Lumentum”) and Coherent, Inc. (“Coherent”) have announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Lumentum will acquire Coherent in a cash and stock transaction valued at $5.7 billion which has been unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies … read more