October 21st ‘METROLOGY BREW’ News Bulletin


Multi-Sensor Technology – Crossing Thin Blue Line

Advanced coordinate metrology equipment has traditionally been classified into three types namely coordinate measuring machines (CMMs), optical digitizers and scanners (ODS), and video measuring machines (VMMs). Originally the three coordinate measuring products were principally focused in different market sectors: CMM – machined, fabricated and medium and large plastic parts ODS – …

Optek Video Measurement Company Acquisition

Thorlabs has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Operations Technology Inc. (OPTEK). Founded in 1978 by Richard Amon, OPTEK is an industry-leading designer and manufacturer of large-format, granite-based video (VideoMic) and x-ray (InnerVision) dimensional measurement systems. These systems are used by machine shops for inspecting precision-machined dimensional components …

Adapt or Fail?

Adaptive Machining is fast giving manufacturers the golden opportunity to secure greater control, speed and accuracy when setting tools and controlling workpieces. David Mold, UK Managing Director of Blum-Novotest explains why… Industry can be a difficult beast to change, especially if engineers believe they have already found the best way of …

Metrology Bellwether Renishaw Reports Reduced Demand

Renishaw has published a trading update for the three months ended 30 September 2019. Revenue for the first quarter of the current financial year was £124.6m, compared to £154.0m for the corresponding period last year. In the Renishaw metrology business revenue amounted to £119.7m compared to £147.4m last year. The first quarter of 2019 benefited …

Higher Resolution Added To AICON SmartScan Range

Hexagon has launched the AICON SmartScan R12, a new 12-megapixel version of its well-established white light scanning system. Building on a reputation for versatile measurement, this latest iteration of the SmartScan brings a higher level of resolution and accuracy to a system that is already prized for its versatility and …

Advanced Metrology Tools Enable Reliable Engine Light-Weighting

This article analyzes the role of cutting-edge optical metrology tools have in facilitating the manufacture of light-weighted engine components. Light-weighting is a priority for automotive OEMs in their quest to adhere to exacting engine efficiency and emission guidelines and is seeing the replacement of massive iron engines and components with …

Mahr Launches New “Step Up to the Latest Technology” Trade-In Program

Mahr, Inc has announced its new “Step Up to the Latest Technology” trade-in program. The program is running through the end of 2019, and provides a cost efficient way for users to turn in older products to receive a discount off new Mahr technologies that improve the speed, productivity and …

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