Universal Metrology Automation Is Now Possible With Metrology Integrators

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Universal metrology automation solutions can quickly authenticate dimensional conformance on anything from sub-millimeter solder joints to precision-machined components, molded plastics and large aerospace castings. Coupled with a metrology integrator, it can offer countless system configurations by using streamline automation software to link dissimilar software and hardware with a general interface, helping to make intelligent decisions.

With the streamline interface, one can easily instill new inspection processes. The 3D vision from the sensors allows the software to quickly compare results to CAD, without any interference. The results are instantly generated with detailed reports and easy to understand pass/fail alerts. The inspection robot and the cell are highly modular products, allowing end-users to address challenges unique to their specification. The streamline is developed to be integrated with back-end resources, such as Quality Management Software (QMS), Product Lifecycle Management tools (PLM) and enterprise databases.

Universal Metrology Automation Inspection Robot

This fully integrated system with a unique interface on a mobile platform, permits the end-user to take the solution to a measurement point without wasting time on setting up or taking any part to the metrology lab. This self-contained system has a user-friendly interface. The chance to use all sensor and robot options and the probable addition of a rotary table makes the system, a highly flexible one.

A cooperative robot eradicates the requirement for extensive safety guarding, while operators can review screen data or handle parts during robot cycles, as required. The rapid review cycle times allow measurement of increased parts, thus activating data-driven decisions providing enhanced manufacturing yields. The portable UMA is known for competing part inspections with more repeatable results.

Universal Metrology Automation Inspection Cell

The key difference with the inspection cell is the scale and non-intrusive safety guards. As many as eight motion axis per robot is generated, with any number of robots placed upside down on the linear rail above the rotary table. For automatically loading and unloading the part, pick and place robotics can also be added. The system configuration operates with Streamline interface and allows for scalability to large working volumes. A cooperative work environment is provided with a safety area laser scanner equipped within the system.  This kind of setup allows easier access for the operators, around the cell. It can help when you are teaching a new inspection program, while also interacting with the part for handling or defect identification marking.

Benefits of Universal Metrology Automation

Automated production triggers enhancement in global economic output, regardless of geographic location. Quality assurance and automation has driven improvement in processes, but only lately, they have been integrated into manufacturing procedures to meet the challenges of increased product complexity and ever tightening tolerances. Metrology automation has become a popular thing recently with manufacturers understanding the opportunity to not only compete but also outclass their competition with superior services and products offered in the supply chain. Automation helps in achieving these objectives by not only making your work easier, but also simplifying the process in the best possible way. Contact us today to acquire cost-effective solutions!

by George Chitos

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