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Universal 3D Metrology Software to Take off towards the Smart Factory
Product News Friday, April 13, 2018: Rothco (Pty) Ltd.
Metrologic Group’s constant focus is on standardization and making it possible for the quality chain to work as a whole, from quality labs to inline production, and be fully integrated in the manufacturing workflow. During this year’s Control Show, in Stuttgart, the company will demonstrate its software packages’ ability to operate any kind of 3D measurements; to make the most out of them; and, above all, to simultaneously supervise operations taking place on different measurement equipment pieces.
By nature, metrology is central to the manufacturing industry, and to the smart factory in particular:
· because it links model and manufactured part;
· because a universal software connects a whole chain of measurement equipment, whatever the brands or technologies, making them inter-operable;
· because with a universal software the inspection data is consistent and instantly shared with engineering for necessary part adaptation, in an adaptive manufacturing process; etc.
This list could go on for a while.
Metrologic Group designs and develops its 3D measurement solutions in this smart factory perspective and has been for over 35 years now. “Our software solutions are universal –meaning they are efficient for all kind of applications, with any measuring tool– and capable of seamlessly integrating and communicating in network organizations. It is a prerequisite for 4.0 factory metrology, and it makes our software suite the best take-off runway towards it”, says Bertrand Gili, President of Metrologic Group.
That is the main point Metrologic Group will illustrate at Control Show, Stuttgart, this year (April, 24-27, hall 3, booth 3314). Central to the demonstration, no less than four different 3D measurement pieces of equipment will simultaneously inspect a body-in-white:
· The new to the market Coordinate Measuring Robot (CMR) –jointly developed by Metrologic Group and Stäubli Robotics, powered by Metrolog X4 i-Robot– for robotized CMM measuring quality with no tracking system (see article page 3);
· Kuka’s KMR iiwa with Faro Cobalt scanner for autonomous collaborative inspection, a solution fully driven by Metrolog X4 i-Robot (see article page 5);
· A Kuka robot equipped with a Creaform MetraScan and C-Track tracking camera, also controlled by Metrolog X4 i-Robot;
· A Nikon Laser Radar MV operated by Metrolog X4.
To complete this smart factory 3D measurement snapshot, visitors of the Metrologic Group booth will also be able to:
· Experience immersive mixed reality inspection with Microsoft HoloLens and X4 i-Holo software (see article page 7);
· Experience 3D measurement simulation with Silma X4, Metrologic Group’s offline analysis and virtual programming software, offering advanced GD&T, virtual gaging, reporting and simulation (see article page 4);
· See a comprehensive CMM solution (Erowa’s QI CMM with a SP25 and a Kreon Zephir II line scanner) showing the Metrolog X4 software package’s ability to drive the automatic switch from tactile to contactless probe;
· Test three articulated arms from three different brands (Faro Quantums, Romer Absolute et Kreon Ace), equipped with optical scanners for high density point cloud inspection and operated by the same software, Metrolog X4;
· Discover Metrologic Group’s application for 3D measurement supervision, X4 i-Supervision (see article page 8).
These demonstrations will highlight the ability of the Metrologic Group software suite (Metrolog X4 for driving 3D measurements and analyzing results; its robot-dedicated version, Metrolog X4 i-Robot; and their virtual programming versions, Silma X4 and Silma X4 i-Robot) to virtually program and get the most out of all kinds of 3D measurement devices and technologies, including most challenging point clouds.
Above all, the Group will show how its software platform simplifies day-to-day 3D inspections, connects services concerned by metrology through data, and offers robotized, flexible, autonomous inspection solutions. In short, how Metrologic Group can be any manufacturing industrial’s best partner to take off for smart 3D measurement and 4.0 factory.
See our “Vision for 3D Measurement and Beyond” video
Metrologic Group website