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‘METROLOGY BREW’ News Bulletin – July 27th

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

Optical Sensor Uses Water Vapor to Neutralize Reflectivity

NEXTSENSE, a Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence company, and a specialist in automotive gap and flush inspection is launching its new Calipri CB20 with patented CaliBreeze™ technology that enables the measurement of surfaces that were previously not measurable. Transparent materials like glass or plastics as well as any painted surface or highly … read more

3D Optical Metrology Tools For Advanced Manufacturing

When looking at metrology, general discussion often revolves around the relative merits of contact or non-contact measurement solutions.  There is now a drive across nearly all industries for smaller and more complex components (which are often prone to contamination or damage by even the … read more

Automating CMM Part ID, Alignment and Measurement

Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division has launched the metrology industry’s first system to automatically identify, align and select the measurement routine for a part on a coordinate measuring machine (CMM). EYE-D, is an automated part recognition and alignment tool designed to increase productivity, eliminate errors and help manufacturers overcome increasing labor shortages … read more

Quality Standard of 3D Printed Performance Pistons Confirmed

As part of a cooperation with sports car manufacturer Porsche and mechanical engineering company Trumpf, MAHLE has produced high-performance aluminum pistons using 3D printing techniques for the first time. The pistons were successfully tested on the engine test bench for Porsche’s 911 GT2 RS sports car. Whereas standard forged pistons … read more

NIST and ASTM Work to Define 3D Vision Standards

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the US, together with standards body ASTM Committee E57, have released proceedings on a workshop, held late last year, to define standards for 3D imaging systems for robots in manufacturing. The work is paving the way to define how to measure the performance … read more

3D Scanning Achieves High Speed Performance

The FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) may have been forced to take a break from racing for a few months, but work has continued where possible at BMW Motorrad Motorsport. In the wind tunnel, for example, engineers have been fine-tuning the aerodynamics of the BMW S 1000 RR in the … read more

3D Scanning Data Enhances Race Car Aerodynamics

A race car, such as the Dallara F399/01, is the product of decades of engineering advancements. Motors, frames, and materials have all progressed tremendously in order to comply with the technical regulations of motorsports while ramping up performance. In fact, the remarkable breakthroughs already made over the years in race … read more

Robotic CMM Part Loading System Provides Autonomous Measurement

Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division has announced the release of TEMPO, a robotic part loading system for coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) designed to enable manufacturers to maintain inspection throughput without the need for operator intervention. TEMPO is compatible with new and existing CMMs for automated part loading, queuing and unloading. Driving workflow … read more

White Goods Industry Closes Quality Standards Gap

As the white goods industry becomes more competitive, demand for manufacturers to evidence improvements in quality is increasing. Third Dimension’s GapGun has spearheaded non-contact precision measurement tooling for over 25 years and has been the system of choice amongst many leading automotive and aerospace manufacturers. White goods manufacturers are seeing the … read more

NIST Faster Scale Bar Accuracy Verification Technique

Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the United States have devised a novel, accurate, easy-to-operate, time- and labor-saving way to provide calibrated scale-bar standards for testing the performance of terrestrial laser scanner (TLS) systems. TLS technology is widely employed to create detailed, high-resolution, 3D digital images … read more

Digital Control Center Launch Innovates CMM Operation

Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division has launched the Digital Control Center (dCC), a customisable, handheld control center that transforms how operators and quality engineers interact with a coordinate measuring machine (CMM). Designed to place more data, functionality and control in the hands of operators than even the most advanced traditional CMM jogbox … read more

Small-Part Measurement For Quality Control

New Scale Robotics has released a white paper exploring the evolution of Quality Control (QC) measurement techniques for small parts. The paper highlights recent innovations that allow collaborative robots to perform QC measurements, helping to bring the benefits of robotics from the manufacturing floor and into to the QC lab … read more

Automation and Digitalization Offer Significant Competitive Edge in Volatile Market Environment

The current situation creates major challenges for industrial companies worldwide – and shows that digitalized and highly automated production is more important than ever when it comes to gaining a competitive edge. This is the only way that companies can react to current and future challenges with the required degree … read more

Metrology Sampling Optimizer Software Launched

INFICON has introduced its Metrology Sampling Optimizer (MSO) which uses real time data and factory conditions to determine what material to measure to reduce scrap risk and optimize measurement capacity allocation. Utilizing user-defined rules that leverage practical constraints and real time information, MSO decides when to measure specific material as … read more

6G To Deliver Hyper Connected Digital Twins

Samsung has released a white paper entitled “The Next Hyper-Connected Experience for All” outlining the company’s vision for the next generation communication system, namely 6G. The white paper covers various aspects related to 6G, including technical and societal megatrends, new services, requirements, candidate technologies and an expected timeline of standardization. Samsung’s … read more