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‘METROLOGY BREW’ News Bulletin – November 9th

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

CT Scanner “Scans around the Clock”Zeiss Unveil Triple Scan Mode Hand Held Scanner

The new T-SCAN hawk hand held scanner from ZEISS is the answer to a broad range of inspection tasks that need to be performed in situ. The portable, stand-alone, laser scanning system comes pre-installed with GOM Inspect Suite inspection software and delivers precise 3D data and high-quality results … read more

Measure Anything Anywhere

With the rise of portable metrology, inspection and quality assurance have spread out to almost all industries.  Mainstream, portable CMM can push metrology and manufacturing industry forward by enabling the use a portable CMM right on the factory floor, in particular for small and medium sized parts, gaining data in … read more

360° Scanning CMM Generates 16 Million Data Points

Keyence has extended the measuring range and increased four fold the resolution of its VL-Series 3D Scanner CMM. The blue structured light scanner offers full 360 degree measurement and claims fully-traceable measurements of ±10 μm accuracy with 2 µm repeatability. High accuracy mode allows the VL-500 3D Scanning CMM to scan … read more

Mobile Cobot Measuring Station Launches

GOM has announced the release of its updated GOM ScanCobot, a mobile measuring station comprising a collaborative robot, motorized rotary table and metrology software. Integrated with the optical ATOS 3D scanner the system captures quality information providing a high level of part detail. The collaborative robot is used to move … read more

Formula 1 Bans 3D Scanning and Reverse Engineering

The FIA has issued new rules for the 2021 Formula 1 season which are intended to prevent teams ‘reverse engineering’ another teams designs. Early in the 2020 Formula 1 season the Racing Point team were penalized after it was determined they had used 3D images to reverse engineer brake ducts from … read more

Will Portable Metrology Survive Industry 4.0?

Portable metrology equipment has seen a meteoric rise in its role supporting the various aspects of manufacturing over the past decade including reverse engineering, prototype part inspection, low volume production measurements, tooling and fixture inspection and alignment and the interrogation of product quality issues etc. One significant characteristic of portable … read more

Mobile Measurement Room Provides 3D Data Capturing

ZEISS has released its new T-SCAN-10 portable measuring system providing a mobile measurement room for intuitive 3D data capturing. The system consists of perfectly matched components which help users to obtain highly precise 3D data in a very easy and intuitive way – even in the most hard-to-reach areas. Combined … read more

Digital Manufacturing Explained

Digital manufacturing is the application of computer systems to manufacturing services, supply chains, products and processes. Digital manufacturing technologies link systems and processes across all areas of production to create an integrated approach to manufacturing, from design to production and on to the servicing of the final products. By modelling and … read more

Metrologic Group Lays Foundation Stone For Future Growth

Metrologic Group has laid the foundation stone for the Group’s new headquarter building which is scheduled for completion by the end of 2021. This new built-to-suit techno center is part of the next step in the company growth plan and has been designed to answer tomorrow’s challenges with a focus on … read more

360 Degree Automated Visual Inspection

Mectron Inspection’s Surface Qualifier 7500 (SQ-7500) is a camera-based system that uses statistical learning to inspect cylindrical parts. The parts traverse the machine by being rolled along an angled rail by a conveyor belt so that the camera obtains 360 degrees of images to fully inspect the part … read more

3D Scanning Solution Provides ‘Full Glass’ Container Measurement Data

The recently introduced Tiama XLAB provides glass makers with an inspection tool which delivers complete geometrical knowledge about the glass container being produced. The XLAB solution automatically generating a wealth of data with which tolerances can be defined more exactly and faults identified quickly resulting in more efficient process diagnostics. … read more

China CMMs Moving Out of the ‘Stone Age’

China has become the largest market for coordinate measuring machines in past years with a plethora of domestic CMM builders supplying the market appetite along-side all major global CMM brands, many of which produce machines domestically in China. Given that China has a plentiful supply of granite, and relatively low cost … read more

X-ray Computed Tomography: From Medical Imaging to Dimensional Metrology

A recently published technical paper by the journal Precision Engineering Volume 60, Pages 544-569),  titled – ‘X-ray computed tomography: from medical imaging to dimensional metrology’ is available for download. The paper authors are HerminsoVillarraga-Gómez, Ericka L.Herazo and Stuart T.Smith. Below is an extract of the technical paper along with its and … read more

BMW Brings AI to the Production Floor

The BMW plant in Steyr, Austria, is the BMW Group’s largest engine plant worldwide. At the facility, the top priorities are quality, efficiency and the transformation to Industry 4.0 through the implementation of digital technologies at shop floor level. To improve all three, plant managers embraced Autonomous Machine Vision … read more

Updated Manual CMM Released

Keyence has announced the release of an update to its XM series of manual coordinate measuring machines (CMM). The updated XM-200 CMM includes a new handy probe with with three rows of LED markers, at three stepped height differences, offering improved stability and achieving a higher measuring accuracy … read more