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‘METROLOGY BREW’ News Bulletin – October 12th

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

Coordinate Metrology ‘Comes of Age’ To Pace Production

Metrology News recently visited British CMM manufacturer Aberlink, renowned for its design innovations, to witness the physical launch of EXTOL, the world’s first CMM to utilize the delta mechanism. Located in a quintessentially English Cotswold country-side location, with close by neighbors of Renishaw and Dyson, innovation seems to be in the … read more

High Accuracy 3D Optical Profiler System Launched

Santec Corporation, a leading manufacturer of advanced optical components, tunable lasers, optical test equipment and OCT systems, has announced the launch of its 3D Optical Profiler, OPS-1000.  Supporting R&D and production environments the OPS-1000 delivers fast, accurate and wide 3D object scans with high sensitivity capturing surfaces. The Santec Optical Profiler … read more

Laser Scanners Transition to Automatic CMM Measurements

Laser line scanners are well respected and intensely utilized on manual portable arm coordinate measuring devices, for both reverse engineering and part inspection, in numerous industries, including automotive, aerospace, tooling, and prototyping. The use of laser line scanners on traditional fully automatic CMM’s has been presented at trade-shows for more … read more

Multi-Sensor Platform Embraces Universal Measurement

The Renishaw REVO system delivers high performance two and three axis tactile scanning, non-contact optical inspection, non-contact structured light scanning and surface finish analysis expanding available measurement capabilities on a single CMM platform. The REVO system offers five automatically interchangeable probe families, each specifically designed to maximise the advantages of … read more

Multi-Sensor VCMM Achieves 96% Measuring Efficiency Increase

Williams Aerospace Engineering has invested in a Baty Venture XT CNC multi-sensor vision system to measure critical precision machined components manufactured at their facility in Southampton, UK. Specialising in 5 axis CNC Turn/Mill Centres, 4 axis Milling, Internal and External Gear and Spline cutting, Internal and External Grinding, Match Grinding … read more

Measuring Hero – Sweating The Small Stuff

During spring 2020 Zeiss announced their Measuringhero Awards with prizes to win in seven different categories. “In honour of the metrologists who deal with everyday measuring challenges” Zeiss stated. One category was for the smallest object measured on a Zeiss CMM. The smallest measured object was just 0.4 x 0.4 x 0.03 … read more

Aberlink Broadens its CMM Horizons With Linear Motor Drives

Aberlink has launched a new range of CNC bridge-style CMM. Utilizing linear motors, the HORIZON breaks new ground in CMM design. With an 800mm travel in the X axis, the Horizon completes Aberlink’s range of bridge CMMs and will further extend their horizon into the higher-performance CMM marketplace. The Horizon CMM … read more

Europe’s Largest CT System Under Construction

Optotom company, together with Nikon Metrology, have been selected for the delivery and installation of a X-RAY computed tomography system by Kielce University of Technology in Poland. The CT system to be delivered will be based on the Avonix Imaging M2 system. The system under construction will be one of the … read more

ZEISS Partners With Microsoft to Enhance Quality and Efficiency in Manufacturing

The ZEISS Group and Microsoft Corp. has announced a multi-year strategic partnership to accelerate ZEISS’ transformation into a digital services provider that is embracing a cloud-first approach. By standardizing its equipment and processes on Microsoft Azure as its preferred cloud platform, ZEISS will be able to provide its customers with … read more

Real-Time Photogrammetry Guides Submillimetre Robot Positioning

Based in Pasadena, California, Sunvapor Inc. is a project and technology development company that delivers solutions for difficult-to-decarbonise challenges at the water-energy-food nexus. Sunvapor is pioneering the deployment of solar steam for industrial process heating, with commercial plants under development for biofuels distillation and food pasteurisation. Faced with the challenge … read more

European Consortium Project Aims To Expand Application of CT Technology

Computed tomography (CT) is an aspiring contact free measurement method which allows the complete geometry of objects to be determined. This includes the inner and outer geometry and the surface texture, all of which are typically not fully accessible by other measurement methods. To support dimensional metrology in advanced manufacturing in … read more

Automating Composite Material Inspection Analysis

The use of composite materials in aerospace manufacture is accelerating fast, with the most modern aircraft in the world’s fleet now made of more than 50% composite materials. These new-generation aeroplanes are lighter, more fuel-efficient, and so more profitable, as well as significantly reducing CO2 emissions compared to traditional aluminium planes. … read more

Precision CMM Laser Scanner Speeds Up Tool Development

Analysts assume that, in the future, car makers will have to overhaul their range of models annually to integrate the latest hardware and software. This will require suppliers like Robert Bosch Automotive Steering GmbH to develop and manufacture innovations with even greater speed and efficiency. In order to reduce the … read more

Smart Connected Checking Fixtures Integrate To Quality 4.0

As technology advances, as well as the need to reduce non-quality related costs, it prompts that frequent quality controls are giving way to in-line controls . These ‘in-line’ controls are characterized by controlling several points of 100% of the production in a short cycle. The possibility of executing these controls through … read more

Multiple-Part CT Inspection Saves Time

3D metrology service provider, Exact Metrology, recently performed a computed tomography inspection on molded caps to showcase the power and capability of multi-part inspections. Computed tomography (CT) scanning is an x-ray methodology yielding 3D results by placing an object on a rotational stage between an x-ray tube and an x-ray detector, … read more

Benchtop 3D Optical Profiler Systems Released

Bruker has released its next-generation benchtop ContourX 3D Optical Profilometers for gage-capable surface texture and roughness metrology in R&D and manufacturing environments. The white light interferometry (WLI) platform features Bruker’s new USI mode, a universal scanning mode that automatically determines the optimal measurement parameters for best metrology results, as well … read more