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‘METROLOGY BREW’ News Bulletin – September 28th

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

Automated Dimensional Quality Control Suite Launched

Creaform has announced the latest release in its R-Series line-up, including the new MetraSCAN-R BLACK|Elite scanning sensor along with the addition of four different models of CUBE-R 3D robotic scanning measuring machines. Creaform has also launched an all-new VXscan-R digital twin environment software module, which completes the company’s turnkey automated … read more

ZEISS Adds Measurement Accuracy to X-ray Microscopy

The miniaturization and integration of components is driving a growing demand for high-resolution metrology. This is particularly the case when access is required to measure part characteristics not attainable with tactile and optical measuring systems.  ZEISS is ‘making the invisible visible’ with the introduction, at an recent online seminar … read more

Next Generation Phoenix V|tome|x S240 CT Launched

Waygate Technologies (formerly GE Inspection Technologies), has launched the next generation of its versatile industrial 2D radiography and 3D CT system Phoenix V|tome|x S240.  While maintaining its industry-proven, optional combination of both a nanofocus and microfocus X-ray tube, the new system is equipped with the Dynamic 41|200p+ detector technology that … read more

Absolute Shopfloor Robotic Measurement System Charges EV Production Quality

ZEISS Industrial Quality Solutions has announced it will install ZEISS AICell trace at a premier electric vehicle manufacturer in North America in 2020. The correlation-free measuring cell is the most accurate, shopfloor car body robotic process and quality control system on the market. It achieves ISO 10360-8 stated accuracies while operating … read more

Optical Metrology Drives Forward China Smart Production Technologies

The Shanghai Manufacturing Platform for Smart Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (SPSM) is committed to developing and advancing new manufacturing technologies. High-precision measurement technology plays a key role in its research areas of digitization and smart manufacturing. As an interdisciplinary research institution SPSM works with renowned European partners such as the German Fraunhofer … read more

BMW Uses Augmented Reality In Vehicle Prototyping

The BMW Group is using a new augmented reality (AR) application in vehicle concept and prototype engineering, speeding up the process by as much as twelve months, from individual vehicle sections through to complex production stages. AR goggles allow real geometries – on a vehicle body, for instance … read more

Aviation System Supplier Uses 3D Scanner For Incoming Tool Inspection

Hutchinson Aerospace is a leading systems supplier to the aviation sector due to its expertise in the areas of materials, engineering and production, in combination with on-site and aftermarket services. At the composite production site in Nobitz, KTN (Kunststofftechnik Nobitz GmbH) produces air conditioning ducts/air distribution systems and interior components … read more

Smart Digital Gauge Provides Actionable Data Improving Process Control

MetLase, a leading specialists in tooling, intelligent fixturing and components. is launching a new range of “digital” solutions that will connect manufacturing processes and enable easier, faster automation. MetLase, a joint venture between Unipart and Roll-Royce, commissioned a dedicated team to develop “smart” products, including the Digital Gauge (conducts a digital … read more

3D Scanned Data Aids Robotic Solutions Provider

When a robot grasps a cylinder block weighing 50 kilos and approaches a saw or milling cutter, any vibration or sliding motion must be avoided. But deviations from target production data make it difficult for the robots to grasp. August Mössner GmbH & Co. KG in Germany,  manufacture specialized machinery … read more

Benefits Using Agile Production System for Digital Manufacturing

GKN Powder Metallurgy is the global leader in metal powder production and in precision powder metal parts for the automotive and industrial sectors. GKN is increasing operational flexibility and worker productivity using WORKERBASE. The production of Precision powder metal parts requires different manufacturing processes: metal powders are mixed and transported to … read more

Reshoring or… Rightshoring?

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the fragility of long, complex supply chains. It has also shown how reliant many US and European companies are on the overseas supply of critical items, bringing to the fore a long-debated issue – are we ready to reshore? … read more

1st Time User Pre-Setter Offers Large Measurement Range

Compact, reliable, and cost-effective are all characteristics of the new pre-setting device GARANT VG Basic from the Hoffmann Group. This robust pre-setting device comes with an impressive range of basic functions at a lower cost that will enable the user to measure cutting tools quickly and accurately and on a … read more

Metal Binder Jetting Simulation Irons Out Defects & Refines Mass-Production AM

Simufact, part of Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division, has introduced metal binder jetting (MBJ) simulation, that is enabling manufacturers to predict and prevent the distortion that sintering processes will have on parts at the design stage for the first time. The new simulation tool marks a significant step forward for additive … read more

Notepad Video Series Makes Surface Texture Understandable by All

Digital Metrology Solutions has announced the kickoff of its ‘Notepad Series’ videos. These short, informal sessions make surface texture understandable for those who rely on the information but are not necessarily experts in the field. “This new video series is designed to introduce casual users to surface analysis,” said Mark Malburg, … read more

Jenoptik Complete Trioptics Acquisition

With the closing on September 24, 2020 JENOPTIK AG has successfully completed the acquisition of the first tranche of 75 percent of the German optics specialist TRIOPTICS. All conditions precedent relating to the transaction have been fulfilled and all necessary official approvals for the takeover have been obtained … read more