November 2021 Metrology News Magazine

Editors Message:

Metrology News – Published by Metrologists for Metrologists

November saw many new product introductions, with some product launches coinciding with the recommencement of physical trade shows, particularly in Europe. In addition to new products, we also reported on a number of new product partnership announcements created to extend both product portfolio’s and product market reach. We also reported on the increasing emergence of companies partnering to create new hybrid products from their respective technology components.

Optical measurement solutions featured strongly within new product introductions, with the semi-conductor industry setting the pace for system accuracies and generated data-points quantity. It can be anticipated that many of these emerging technology breakthroughs will find their way into more general industrial measurement products in the foreseeable future as the optical measurement trend continues.

With additive manufacturing moving out of its initial prototype engineering phase, and into volume manufacturing, we are also seeing a focus on process control of the additive processes from equipment suppliers, and again, witnessing the emergence of partnerships, merging respective technologies, to deliver total solutions. For sure this is still a developing industry with continuous emerging technologies and one we will continue to monitor.

As sales forecasts and budgets get finalized for 2022, along has come another COVID variant, which appears set to threaten any thoughts of getting back to the ‘old normal’ in the immediate future. 2022 may again become a year of restrictions that could, in all probability, limit again physical events or curtail their attendance levels. It does appear however, that the metrology sector has bounced back positively and companies have experiencing significant levels of business, despite the curtailed physical selling and marketing activities of 2021. A very positive sign indeed going forward into 2022.

Almost 100 articles were published in the month, indicating there is no slowing of industry news, in what remains a very dynamic sector. We highlight below in this month’s magazine selected published articles from the month. The complete library of November articles can be accessed by clicking here.

Metrology News has also published its 2022 media planner.

As usual I welcome your comments, news and views along with suggested guest articles for publication – my inbox is always open.

Keith Mills – Publishing Editor


Sandvik To Acquire Software Provider ICAM

Sandvik has signed an agreement to acquire Canada-based ICAM Technologies Corporation, a provider of innovative solutions that translate CAM data into optimized coding for guiding CNC machining operations. With a global reach, ICAM sells to some of the world’s most renowned companies in the aerospace and defense, general engineering and automotive … read more

Witte Launches ALUFIX ECO Plus Fixturing System

With the new product line ECO Plus, the German fixturing supplier Witte Barskamp is optimizing the profile range of its modular ALUFIX system. The ECO Plus version of ALUFIX bars combines all the decisive advantages of the previous product variants Classic, Classic light and Eco light: high precision and an advantageous … read more

Volumetric Error Compensation Improves Large Machine Accuracy By Over 50%

The tightest tolerances of military and civilian air and spacecraft cannot be hit by many machine tools as installed, and the designs of these crafts are only getting more complex and demanding as time goes on. Even if machine tools are levelled and squared at installation … read more

Machine Set-up Time Reduced by 50 Percent with Machine Calibration Solutions

A well-established manufacturer of heavy and ultra-heavy lathes and heavy mills based in Spain, BOST Machine Tools Company (BOST) was founded in 1972 as Talleres Bost, performing retrofitting services for lathes. Since 1987, BOST has been providing clients with comprehensive design, manufacturing, and installation services for newly built machine tools … read more

Robotic 3D Scanning Inspects Complex Aerospace Parts

Aerospace quality control workflows have greatly evolved over the past decade, due to the development of more complex parts, stricter tolerances, productivity pressures and challenges remain as to inspection efficiency. The reason? Inspection processes often serve as bottlenecks that prevent optimized throughput. An increasing number of aerospace part manufacturers and aircraft … read more

5-Axis Machining and Metrology – A Perfect Productivity Match

“Our roots are in racing, and we are driven to win.  This breeds performance, focus, drive, and quality, which is what makes us the best in the world at what we do.” Erick Ellstrom, President and CEO, Five-Axis Industries Five-Axis Industries and sister company Ellstrom Racing trace their roots back to … read more

Achieving The Data-Driven Lights-Out Factory of The Future

As soon as a manufacturing company employs digital tools of any kind – from CAD/CAM, PLM and simulation systems before production through to sensors at the end of the manufacturing line – it begins to generate data, and lots of it. Today’s automotive plant might generate 20 gigabytes (or more) … read more

Quality Control Building Blocks For The Smart Factory

In the world of 3D metrology, a coordinate measuring machine (CMM) is a key investment for manufacturers to obtain 3D dimensional data in modeling and analytical applications. The vital needs to validate the dimensional and geometric accuracy and precision against GD&T profiles in the manufacturing and automotive industries cannot be … read more

High Speed Production Scanner Offers 69 Laser Lines

The recent launch of the MetraSCAN 3D-R laser multi-line scanner by Creaform pushes 3D scanning boundaries for production part measurement applications to new levels enabling the measurement of hundreds of parts per day. Perfect for at-line inspection in mass production,  MetraSCAN 3D-R brings quality control as close to the part … read more

Intelligent Inspection with MBD for Polygonal Meshes

Verisurf Software has announced the debut of its new 2022 release at WESTEC 2021. Verisurf 2022 is the latest release of the popular universal measurement software for automated quality inspection and reporting, scanning, reverse engineering, and tool building. The new release builds on Verisurf’s advancements in performance, including the ability … read more

Digital Surf & Taylor Hobson Cooperate to Drive Roundness Metrology Forward

Digital Surf, provider of surface analysis software solutions and Taylor Hobson, leader in surface and form metrology, recently completed a new round of co-developments resulting in the release of an updated version of Metrology 4.0 software with the manufacturer’s brand new Talyrond 500 PRO, a powerful instrument for roundness metrology … read more

Stereo Microscope Combined With Deep Reality Viewer Launched

Vision Engineering has announce the launch of an innovative new product combining its breakthrough 3D HD Deep Reality Viewer (DRV) with Nikon Metrology Europe’s SMZ25 & SMZ18 stereo microscopes to create a new, innovative, hybrid high zoom and high magnification, digital 3D high definition stereo imaging system … read more

New System Combines Microscopy with Profilometry

Park Systems, manufacturer of Atomic Force Microscopes has announced the launch of Park NX-Hybrid WLI, the first fully integrated system that combines Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) with White Light Interferometer (WLI) profilometry.  White light interferometry (WLI) is a nondestructive, non-contact, optical technique used to generate 2D and 3D models … read more

Non-Cartesian CMM Integrates CNC Machining With Process Control

Aberlink has extended its EXTOL Coordinate Measuring Machine, the world’s first CMM to utilize a delta mechanism, with the addition of the larger measuring volume 520 model. Designed for robustness and reliability, the Extol CMM will run around the clock making it ideal whether it is positioned next to a machine … read more

High-Resolution Digital Inspection Solution Unveiled

ASH is unveiling its next generation of high-resolution digital inspection solutions at Productronica 2021. Inspex 4K is an advanced inspection solution which delivers four times the resolution of full HD inspection systems. Experience crystal clear ultra-high-definition video imaging allowing users to see more detail than ever before … read more

3D Scanner Captures Full Colour Models In High Resolution

At the recent Formnext industrial 3D printing exhibition in Germany Shining 3D launched its new Transcan C scanner based upon structured white light LED technology. The 3D scanner comes complete with a slide rail design allowing users to dynamically switch between two different scan ranges enabling both small and large … read more

ZEISS Introduce Compact and Robust VoluMax 9 Titan Computed Tomography System

The ZEISS VoluMax 9 titan is a 450 kV computed tomography system that blends compact design with robust performance. This easy-to-use machine enables sharp X-ray scans of large and dense parts such as battery modules for quick and precise quality assurance. While many products on the market in this class can … read more

VCxray Presents New Universal X-Ray System

VisiConsults NDT division VCxray has launched a new product line during the ASNT Annual conference especially designed for rough production environments. At launch it comprises of two system types but will be expanded in the near future. The new product line stands out through its no-frills design for highest cost-benefits ratio … read more

Hexagon Enables Big Ambitions for Directed Energy Deposition DED AM

Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division has revealed new developments that advance the application of Directed Energy Deposition (DED) technologies to industrial applications, including collaborations with printer manufacturers pro-beam, Sciaky, DM3D, Gefertec and Meltio. DED incorporates several metal 3D printing technologies used to produce parts by melting and fusing material as it is … read more

Machine Vision for Inline Quality Control Based on CAD

Computer vision based quality control has become a powerful and productive method in particular for complex inline production processes. Thereby, often problems have to be solved as “Is part ‘X’ exactly placed as specified in the CAD?” or “Are all components of an assembled structure considered or are some elements … read more

Vision Engineering and Zeiss Collaborate to Produce DeepFocus 1 Microscope

Vision Engineering has announced that it is partnering with Zeiss Industrial Metrology to add an extended depth of focus inspection system to its range of microscopy systems for the first time. The new DeepFocus 1 system represents a significant collaboration between two of the world’s leading microscope innovators. DeepFocus 1 combines … read more

Renishaw Announces Expanded CMM Software Offering

Renishaw has entered into an agreement with Verisurf Software allowing companies in North America to access Verisurf coordinate measuring machine (CMM) software from Renishaw. With an emphasis on the popular Verisurf CMM Programming and Inspection Suite, the agreement enables companies to benefit from Renishaw’s advanced inspection technologies, including the REVO 5‑axis measuring … read more

ZEISS and EOS Collaborate In Metal Powder Bed In-Process Monitoring

ZEISS and EOS, a leading supplier for responsible manufacturing solutions via industrial 3D printing technology, have declared their intent to jointly integrate and market the ZEISS AM in-process monitoring for in-situ surveillance of the powder bed for industrial 3D printing with metals. A uniformly distributed powder bed is essential for a … read more

Bigrep and Teton Simulation Partner To Integrate SmartSlice Into Large Format 3D Printing

BigRep, a leader in large-format 3D printing solutions, and Teton Simulation, the creators of SmartSlice technology, have partnered to bring the benefits of performance requirements-based validation and print parameter optimization. “We are excited to work with Teton Simulation and explore the possibilities of their advanced FEM technology,” … read more

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