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Are we there yet? With the world getting back to some form of normality, international travel beginning to resume, and physical events again on the calendar it finally feels that we are almost there in wresting the COVID pandemic. In fact I am writing this month’s newsletter from USA where I finally managed to return a few weeks ago after an eighteen month period of ‘isolation’ in the UK.
We saw the resumption of a limited number of exhibitions in September, both in Europe and USA, with the important biennial EMO Expo scheduled to take place in October in Milan. So if they build it will they come? Exhibition events are a hugely expensive exercise for equipment, and service, providers to build a platform to present their latest technologies, engage with potential prospects, and network with existing customers and partners. With all of the alternative marketing initiatives employed over the pandemic period for sure many of these will ‘stick’ around. Will attendees turn-out to physical events in the same pre-pandemic numbers? For sure it’s too early to tell if physical events will play a lesser role for both suppliers and customers alike going forward. Maybe the exhibition industry will provide improved value going forward allowing a more balanced economic marketing model. We are already seeing evidence of event consolidation with individual, vertically focussed stand-alone events, consolidating by coexisting with multiple parallel events in an attempt to appeal to wider audiences. It will be interesting to monitor the exhibition industry going forward and look forward to meeting many of our readers again as we begin to walk the halls of these upcoming events.
September witnessed the launch of several new products and updated software’s along with the publication of an extension to the ISO 10360 standard for the interim in-field testing of laser trackers. We also reported on continuing acquisition activity in the metrology and measurement sector. Smart manufacturing and the increasing role of integrated measurement providing real-time feedback for adaptive process control continues to gather momentum. Featured articles this month included “Adaptive Manufacturing With Metrology Feedback” and “On a Path To a Digital Car Company With Smart Production”.
Sensors are at the heart of all automated metrology whether mounted to a CMM, portable arm, robot or seamlessly integrated into automation – this month saw a number of new or enhanced laser scanning, machine tool measurement touch probes and other innovative sensor technologies being introduced to the market.
With the labour shortages currently being experienced throughout numerous business sectors, across both sides of the Atlantic, automation implementation will undoubtedly be accelerated by manufacturers, along with the necessary integrated metrology to ensure process reliability.
Over 75 articles were published in the month and we highlight below in this month’s magazine selected published articles from the month. The complete library of September articles can be accessed by clicking here.
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
Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division has announced the HP-L-10.10, a genre-busting non-contact laser sensor for Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMMs) that offers manufacturers the ability to perform dimensional measurements at comparable accuracy to tactile probing and inspect almost any surface in a fraction of the time. Manufacturers using CMMs for critical part measurements have become … read more
Maintaining confidence in laser tracker and laser radar accuracy has taken a significant leap forward with the release of the ISO 10360-10:2021 on August 31 2021. The big picture is that this new ISO Standard has been simplified, with a reduced number of required measurements. More significantly for end-users, Annex E … read more
For the entire quality assurance process in optical metrology to proceed quickly, not only the pure measurement process but also the upstream and downstream steps must be optimised and ideally automated. The preparation of the parts is one of the unpleasant but at the same time essential steps for a smooth … read more
Quality increases customer satisfaction. Today, 3D metrology enables numerous manufacturing companies to monitor and optimize their quality processes. GOM, a company of the ZEISS Group, offers an all-in solution for quality analysis with its software. In addition to the established software solutions GOM Inspect and GOM Correlate … read more
One year after formally introducing waveCHECK into the wind industry, 8tree has engaged DNV for the product’s certification according to established industry standards. waveCHECK is a handheld-portable 3D-inspection tool for inspecting wind turbine blades in manufacturing and operation. Its efficient detection of surface defects and instant visual feedback revolutionize surface inspection … read more
Manufacturing high precision parts at lower costs and higher efficiency requires integration of complex dimensional measurement within the manufacturing system. This article by Ray Karadayi, President & CEO at Applied Automation Technologies, discusses how a manufacturing machine can be made to perform complex dimensional measurements traditionally performed on coordinate measuring … read more
Hexagon AB, a global leader in digital reality solutions, today announced the introduction of the Leica BLK ARC and the Leica BLK2FLY, extending its award-winning BLK series known for speed, portability and mobility with fully autonomous mobile reality capture. The autonomous reality capture solutions are the latest innovations … read more
Manufacturers need to control processes to produce a consistent, reliable product. Where precision surface engineering is required, surface measurement may be a key part of maintaining control of the process, by checking output to see that the process is not outside of specification. 3D non-contact surface analysis is widely used in … read more
A wide range of manufacturing industries such as the automotive industry are supported by the outstanding capabilities of their manufacturing sites. The world’s attention is now focused on a future guided by the concepts of ‘Industry 4.0’ and ‘Smart Factory’ that aim at a radical shift toward an integrated factory … read more
The software suite, MCOSMOS, is the go-to data processor for Mitutoyo’s range of top-of-the-line CMMs. Made up of their extensive lineup of optional software applications, users have full support for a wide range of probes ready for any kind of workpiece. Constantly improved for over 30 years, Mitutoyo has released … read more
TKH Group has announce the launch of the TKH Vision umbrella brand. TKH Group is combining the vision technology companies in the group, Allied Vision, Chromasens, LMI Technologies, Mikrotron, NET, SVS-Vistek and Tattile with the reselling company TKH Vision Italy, under a new umbrella brand. The creation of TKH Vision represents … read more
Audi is working at full speed to digitalize its production and, as a result, the working environment in areas such as planning, assembly, logistics, maintenance, and quality assurance at the five production facilities the company operates itself around the world. A number of groundbreaking projects with technologies such as 3D … read more
Hokuyo Automatic Co., Ltd., a global manufacturer of sensor and automation technology, and machine vision innovator SiLC Technologies, Inc. (SiLC) have jointly announced a strategic collaboration to develop cost-effective 4D LiDAR solutions that improve machine vision in the next generation of advanced industrial and robotic applications … read more
Levine Leichtman Capital Partners (LLCP), a Los Angeles-based private equity firm, has announced that it has acquired In-Place Machining Company, LLC (IPM) in partnership with management. IPM is a leading provider of high-acuity field machining, metrology and diamond wire-cutting services for mission-critical infrastructure and equipment … read more
Zeiss has announced the winners of its 2021 #measuringhero Awards. Applications from 28 countries were received exhibiting fascinating experiences from the field of quality assurance and personal connections to ZEISS. The expert jury, which included Metrology News Publishing Editor Keith Mills, voted for entries of the ZEISS #measuringhero Award 2021 to … read more
Nextech AR Solutions Corp. (“Nextech) a diversified leading provider of augmented reality (“AR”) experience technologies and services has announced it has launched its groundbreaking CAD to POLY solution. The Company is now incorporating into its services a technology to create optimized 3D meshes that are suitable for 3D and AR … read more
MIT researchers have developed a new method to 3D print mechanisms that detect how force is being applied to an object. The structures are made from a single piece of material, so they can be rapidly prototyped. A designer could use this method to 3D print interactive input devices … read more
The Timken Company in the UK supplies engineered bearings it manufactures into a multitude of industries including mining, food and beverage, pulp and paper, cement, marine and waste water. Recently there has been a significant increase in demand for larger bearings up to 1,200 mm in diameter for use in … read more
A Kawasaki racing motorcycle was scanned with a professional 3D scanner manufactured by RangeVision. The 3D model of the fairing was improved with some aerodynamic modeling algorithms with the new fairing produced using a 3D printer and the resulting part installed on the motorcycle. The Kawasaki Puccetti Racing team used the … read more
Keyence has recently introduced a new range of inline telecentric measurement system which employ highly advanced silhouette-based analysis for guaranteed accuracy. Designed specifically to measure parts rapidly and consistently as they pass through the system, the TMX5000 line-up boasts an exposure time of just 25 μs – 40 times faster … read more
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