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Optical Measuring Cell Efficiency Enhanced by Lift and Swivel Fixture System

A large automotive OEM recently faced measuring challenges:

  • Measure in vehicle position?
  • Ergonomic setup?
  • Large number of components, only one measuring area and no storage space for individual measuring devices?

The customer found what it was looking for at German measuring solutions provider topometric GmbH. For some time now, the lift and swivel unit developed by topometric had been running in a series of GOM measuring cells. The component fixturing and measuring programs in these cells were supplied implemented by topometric. The company motto ‘Everything from a single source’ is very important to their customers.

The lifting and swiveling unit (HSE) from topometric answers precisely the automotive OEM questions and problems mentioned above.

The HSE was developed to enable measurements to be performed in vehicle position with ergonomic setup for the operator in an optical measuring cell. topometric GmbH relies on its many years of experience in dealing with automated optical measuring cells and their program creation.

The lift-swivel unit is a complete unit that is adapted to a rotary table in a robot measuring cell. A stable frame is used between two pillars, which serves as the basis for component holders. Quick-change units are used on the frame to enable the component holders to be changed between the individual derivatives in the shortest possible time. The frame can be automatically positioned in height and inclination via a human interface (HMI). The HMI is connected to the measuring software of the measuring cell and provides the exact position of the frame to the measuring machine.

The different positions of the frame have, on the one hand, the advantage of ergonomic set-up, component and device changes and, on the other, the possibility of positioning the vehicle parts precisely in the vehicle coordinate system for the measurement process.

The component holders are only the actual contact surfaces according to customer specifications and thus also reduced in size and weight compared to conventional measuring devices. The storage or the provision of a storage space for the individual component devices to be measured is thus greatly minimized.

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