The news desk of Metrology News is witnessing an increased flow of press releases whereby products and solutions are being enhanced by Artificial Intelligence (AI). While AI is a fashionable topic throughout the media we ignore it at our peril. Artificial intelligence is already having a significant impact on the manufacturing industry and is expected to play a significantly increasing and important role in the future.
AI is likely to impact manufacturing quality control with AI-powered vision systems inspecting products with a level of precision and speed difficult for humans to match offering improved product quality and defect reductions. AI will also improve process optimization by analyzing vast amounts of data to improve manufacturing processes leading to more efficient production and overall cost savings. AI will also influence human-machine collaboration enhancing the capabilities of workers by providing them with real-time data and insights, making it easier to make informed decisions and work more efficiently.
AI will eventually touch almost every aspect of a manufacturing process including predictive maintenance, robotic automation, data analysis, simulation, and modeling, to name a few. AI has the potential to revolutionize metrology by improving measurement accuracies, automating data analysis, and increasing overall operational efficiencies having far-reaching implications in all industries where precise and reliable measurements are critical.
Just this month we have featured numerous stories involving AI including: “The Power of Predictive Quality: Unlocking the Future of Excellence”, “K-BOX Brings Hybrid Machine Vision Solution To Any Robot”, “Collaboration on The Production of Manufacturing Intelligence”, “AIQualify Project To Develop Easier and Systematic Qualification of AI Applications” and “Latest Software Release Adds Defect Detection To GelSight Mobile”.
This month’s newsletter highlights twenty-four of our published stories – the complete library of October articles can be accessed by clicking here.
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Keith Mills – Publishing Editor
Creaform has announced the latest addition to its flagship HandySCAN 3D line-up, the MAX Series. The handheld MAX Series line of industrial 3D scanners offers an impressive 3D scanning area of approximately 1m x 1m and was developed to acquire accurate 3D measurements of any large and complex surfaces. Featuring multiple scanning modes that allows users to choose between the fastest scanning time or maximum resolution … read more
Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division has announced the release of a new laser scanner for CMMs designed for manufacturers looking for a cost-effective option for more efficient surface measurement and higher throughput. Concentrating on the core laser scanning functions, the HP-L-10.10 LITE laser scanner makes it easy and affordable for manufacturers to benefit from the measurement speed and coverage of laser scanning … read more
Smart visual inspection company Kitov.ai has announced the introduction of its K-BOX line of cost-effective machine vision systems that combine AI, 3D imaging, and intelligent robotic planning technologies to solve manufacturing’s most demanding inspection applications. Kitov.ai’s K-BOX offers the same functionality as its Core+ solution. However, instead of shipping with an industrial robot, K-BOX offers APIs that connect Kitov software to any standard or collaborative robot … read more
The process of manufacturing turbine and compressor disk fir-tree slots and root forms with broaching, milling, or wire cutting results in parts with complex geometries and tight tolerances that are usually difficult and time-consuming to verify. For example, the pressure surfaces at the critical point of contact of the blade root and disk may have tolerances of 10 to 20 microns … read more
FARO Technologies has announced the release of the FARO Orbis Mobile Scanner, a groundbreaking advancement, set to redefine 3D reality capture. Orbis is the first to market hybrid SLAM scanner that can be used for both mobile and stationary data capture in one device. Offering local or cloud-based data processing and collaboration, Orbis is the latest evolution in FARO’s industry-leading Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) enabled LiDAR technology … read more
The new Baumer sensor class OX series enables effortless quality control and positioning solutions. Using profile analysis, the smart 2D profile OX series sensors can now solve a variety of previously challenging positioning and inspection tasks in assembly and handling more economically. The integrated tools can be parameterized directly via the intuitive web interface. The compact housing and Power-over-Ethernet enable easy integration … read more
In a significant stride towards the future of manufacturing technology, Eleven Dynamics AG has launched NEXOS GEAR, an automated measurement table powered by the NEXOS AIR software. The NEXOS GEAR stands true to its tagline “buy it, plug it, run it”. It embodies a future where precision meets ease of use, offering a seamless experience from purchase to operation. … read more
Recently introduced frame light barriers from di-soric in fork and frame construction primarily detect falling objects. They perform counting tasks and moreover are also suited for position-independent, functionally reliable presence, feature and position checks and currently the only frame light barriers with an IO-Link interface, they offer users diverse options for implementing intelligent and process-reliable system concepts … read more
In machining production, it has not yet been possible to systematically record tool wear during ongoing milling processes. However, since faulty tools lead to quality losses, increasing rejects and high costs for rework, the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT has taken on this task: Together with partners, they developed a system of cameras and image processing using artificial intelligence that can record and evaluate tool wear … read more
The MarForm MMQ 500 form measuring machine can be converted into a production-related measuring station for bearing rings. Mahr Engineered Solutions (MES) has developed a special centering device as a new accessory especially for this purpose. This positions bearing rings with a diameter of 20 to 330 mm in the center in the center of the C axis. The unit consists of an aluminum base plate, which is mounted on the centering and tilting table of the MarForm … read more
Industrial Computed Tomography (CT) and Additive Manufacturing (AM) are two rapidly advancing technologies that have seen increasing adoption across various manufacturing industries. The intersection of the two technologies represents a powerful synergy, enabling novel capabilities and enhanced quality control in the world of 3D printing. Here’s a closer look at the role that industrial CT plays in additive manufacturing … read more
NVIDIA has announced that it is collaborating with Hon Hai Technology Group (Foxconn) to accelerate the AI industrial revolution. Foxconn will integrate NVIDIA technology to develop a new class of data centers powering a wide range of applications, including digitalization of manufacturing and inspection workflows, development of AI-powered electric vehicle and robotics platforms … read more
Nordson Test & Inspection has announced the unveiling its new Quadra Pro 7 Manual X-Ray Inspection (MXI) system. Setting a new industry benchmark for 3D/2D manual inspection in back-end semiconductor applications, the MXI Quadra 7 Pro system revolutionizes the inspection experience with its revolutionary Onyx detector. This advancement ensures exceptional image clarity and reduced noise levels, translating to elevated levels of precision and efficiency … read more
Etched silicon wafers are possibly the most difficult product to manufacture at scale. Inevitably a certain number of wafers will not pass initial inspection due to manufacturing defects, but it would be impossible to identify many of these defects with the naked eye. In fact, semiconductor defects are usually so challenging to detect, that even the highest-resolution 3D laser line or snapshot sensors have trouble resolving them … read more
The manufacturing industry is undergoing a profound transformation driven by technological advancements. The era of smart manufacturing, referred to as Industry 4.0, promises to revolutionize traditional manufacturing processes by integrating cutting-edge technologies. To successfully embark on a smart manufacturing journey, companies need to adopt a well-thought-out strategy that incorporates core technologies … read more
A new software framework is to make it easier for companies to approve or audit applications based on Artificial Intelligence (AI). The framework is being jointly developed by Fraunhofer IPA in conjunction with the Institute of Industrial Manufacturing and Management IFF at the University of Stuttgart as part of the ‘AIQualify’ research project of the German Association for Quality … read more
In today’s fast-paced and data-driven world, the concept of predictive quality has emerged as a game-changer for businesses and industries. Predictive quality is not merely a buzzword but a transformative approach that leverages data, technology, and advanced analytics to foresee and prevent quality issues before they arise. In this article, we delve into the concept of predictive quality, its significance, and the ways in which it is revolutionizing various sectors … read more
In today’s rapidly evolving industrial landscape, the role of data in manufacturing has undergone a paradigm shift. The traditional manufacturing model, which relied heavily on manual processes and human expertise, has given way to the Digital Manufacturing Enterprise (DME). At the heart of this transformation lies data – the lifeblood that fuels the entire ecosystem. Data has become the foundation of the Digital Manufacturing Enterprise … read more
GelSight, a pioneer in tactile intelligence technology, has announced the release of its GelSight Mobile 3.5 software package, with new automated functionality and improved ease of use for GelSight Mobile systems. GelSight Mobile 3.5 significantly streamlines users’ workflows with an improved user interface, automated defect detection, line selection tool improvements, and new capabilities that simplify surface inspection … read more
Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence CMMs already provide world-leading geometrical measurements and analyses. However, their new HP-OW and HP-O optical sensors, coupled with unique customer requirements, created the need for more specialized 3D surface analysis. The chosen solution was to integrate Digital Metrology’s OmniSurf3D software into the workflow of Hexagon’s QUINDOS software. QUINDOS remotely and transparently executes OmniSurf3D … read more
In the era of Industry 4.0, where automation, data-driven decision-making, and efficiency are paramount, smart factories are transforming the manufacturing landscape. Central to this transformation is the adoption of 5G technology, which is proving to be a critical component in the realization of the smart factory concept. In this article, we explore how 5G is revolutionizing manufacturing by powering the next generation of factories … read more
Industry 4.0, often referred to as the fourth industrial revolution, is characterized by the integration of digital technologies, automation, and data exchange in manufacturing. This paradigm shift is fundamentally altering the way products are designed, produced, and inspected. In this era of advanced manufacturing, the role of multi-sensor coordinate measuring machines is pivotal. These versatile tools are becoming indispensable for manufacturersin the age of Industry 4.0. … read more
With the passing of Bailey Squier, co-founder of Digital Metrology Standards Consortium (DMSC), its Board of Directors contemplated ways to ensure his accomplishments and legacy are not forgotten. As a symbol of gratitude and admiration for the life and legacy of Mr. Squier, the DMSC Board established the Bailey H. Squier DMSC Metrology Memorial Scholarship … read more
GRSL (Gear Rolling System with Integrated Laser Technology) from Gleason combines dual flank rolling inspection with advanced non-contact laser technology in a single system. Cycle times for optical pitch and profile inspection are reduced to a few seconds, enabling 100% analytical inspection of applications with very high demands. The GRSL provides optical pitch, lead and profile inspection … read more