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‘METROLOGY BREW’ News Bulletin – November 27th

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

Visual Quality Control: “Yes – There’s Now Even an App for That!”

Perform a visual inspection using commercial, off-the-shelf devices such as iPads and iPhones. Operations teams are looking for easy to deploy computer vision solutions that can scale with their needs. AI technologies have been proven to evolve their ability to accurately identify issues and take action. By easily adding intelligent ‘eyes’ … read more

Smart 3D Structured Light Scanning Sensor Launches

LMI Technologies (LMI) has announced the official launch of the Gocator 3520 smart 3D snapshot sensor. The latest addition to the LMI series of 5-megapixel 3D snapshot sensors, the introduces an expanded field of view with the same high XY resolutions, short exposure times, and fast data acquisition rates required … read more

Sandvik’s Increasing Focus on Digital Manufacturing Solutions

The smart factory is the heart of Industry 4.0. Sandvik is carrying out a reorganization with the aim of expanding digital technology to make customers even more productive and sustainable. Sandvik Machining Solutions, the business area for metal-cutting processing, has changed its name to Sandvik Manufacturing and Machining Solutions and … read more

InnovMetric Launches New Gauging Package for PolyWorks|Inspector

InnovMetric Software has announced the release of a new entry-level PolyWorks|Inspector™ Gauging package to help manufacturing organizations collect and manage digital gauge measurements within their PolyWorks digital ecosystem … read more

Fully Automated Measurement of Complex Tubular Space Frames

Creaform has installed a second robot-controlled measuring system at Walter Automobiltechnik GmbH (WAT) in Berlin, Germany. WAT is a system supplier of metal assemblies for the automotive industry. It focuses on complex welded assemblies such as motorcycle frames and engine mounts, with a great deal of its work including motorcycle … read more

Hexagon Launch Dedicated PolyWorks Interface for Structured Light Scanners

Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division has announced the launch of a new software plugin that will allow full operation of Hexagon structured light scanning systems from within the powerful third-party inspection software platform PolyWorks, developed by InnovMetric Software Inc. This represents the first implementation of a new SDK released by Hexagon that … read more

Perfectly Planned Laser Tracker Target Points

In the same way that the primary survey network established in 2010 on site provided a global coordinate system for civil engineering works and the positioning of the buildings, the ITER metrology team has now developed a vast matrix of reference ‘targets,’ or fixed points, inside the Tokamak Complex for use … read more

GM ‘Factory Zero’ First U.S. Auto Plant to Install Dedicated 5G Network

General Motors has announced that Factory ZERO, Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center, the company’s all-electric vehicle assembly plant, is the first automotive plant in the U.S. to install dedicated 5G fixed mobile network technology. Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband service is operating now at Factory ZERO, with its exponential increases in both bandwidth … read more

Surround Scanner Adds Dynamic Colormap Error Projections

Polyrix is introducing dynamic colormap projection to its range of Surround 3D Scanners . The dynamic colormap projection comes as an upgrade to its patented ‘LiveInspection’ technology, whereby the calculated deviation color map is projected directly onto the inspected part using a surround array of high definition projectors … read more

FARO Launches Latest Laser Tracker 6DoF Probe

FARO Technologies has announced its next generation Vantage Laser Tracker 6 Degrees of Freedom (6DoF) Probe. The new 6Probe offers exceptional portability and is compatible with FARO Vantage S6 and VantageE6 Laser Trackers, enabling users to build, inspect and measure products faster and with greater accuracy … read more

Photogrammetry Measuring System Drives Wind Energy Process Improvements

Siemens Gamesa produces onshore and offshore wind turbines, and with installations in more than 90 countries, the company is one of the world’s leading suppliers of wind power and a key player within the renewable energy sector. Since 2012 Siemens Gamesa has used the TRITOP CMM metrology system for the optical coordinate … read more

Spatial Computing Relationship Set to Optimize Factories of the Future

PTC has long been a leader in developing innovative digital solutions that transform industrial enterprises and improve their efficiency, productivity, and safety. As manufacturers across the globe accelerate their adoption of Smart Factory technologies in the face of the ongoing pandemic … read more

Premium Car Manufacturer Proves Exceptional Build Quality

A premium UK car manufacturer needed a stringent quality control system to support efforts to improve the aesthetics of the car exterior. Manual gauges have been problematic as ensuring accuracy of measurement, is open to human error, and the audit trail of measurements is not secure … read more

COVID Leaving Deep Scars on German Machine Tool Industry

Orders received by the German machine tool industry in the third quarter of 2020 were 29 per cent down on the same period last year. Orders from within Germany fell by 26 per cent. 30 per cent fewer orders were received from export markets. In the period from January to … read more

Deep Learning Cuts Through Cost, Time, and Human Error

The STIHL Group has been a global name in the development, manufacturing, and distribution of power tools for forestry and agriculture since 1926. Servicing professional forestry and agricultural sectors as well as construction and consumer markets, STIHL has been the world’s top-selling chainsaw brand since 1971. With a worldwide sales volume of nearly … read more

VAD Instrument Chooses Renishaw’s UHV Optical Encoders for Motion Platforms

Vacuum technology is used in many high-precision manufacturing processes. Typical applications include semiconductor wafer inspection, wafer bonding, photolithography and thin film deposition. Motion platforms are an integral part of these complex procedures and must be compatible with a vacuum environment. Renishaw’s TONiC UHV optical encoders are specially designed … read more