Mitutoyo America Corporation announces the addition of the Quick Vision Active series to the line-up of vision measurement systems. This CNC vision measuring system is an easy-to-operate, space-saving model with advanced functionality to meet many contact and noncontact measuring needs.

The Quick Vision Active is highly efficient and flexible, offering a wide field of view with interchangeable objective zoom lenses to meet the challenges of measuring small to large features. The 8-step zoom lens can achieve a magnification range of 0.5X to 7X while maintaining crisp image quality. The 1X optional objective achieves a magnification range of 0.5X to 3.5X with a working distance of 74 mm. The 2X option can achieve a magnification range of 1X to 7X.

Quick Vision Active is available with measuring ranges of 10 x 8 x 6 inches (250 x 200 x 150 mm) or 16 x 16 x 8 inches (400 x 400 x 200 mm), with or without the touch-probe measuring option. QVPAK software uses edge detection and pattern recognition to locate and orientate the coordinate system with minimal operator input, ensuring accuracy and repeatability of the measurement results.

Other features include:

  • Programmable LED stage, coaxial light and 4-quandrant LED ring light
  • High-speed autofocus
  • High-resolution and high-speed color USB camera
  • High-quality zoom optics with Mitutoyo-manufactured interchangeable lenses
  • Powerful QVPAK 3D vision software
  • Touch-probe retrofittable

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For many production managers, measuring parts directly on the production floor means fewer alignments and manipulations, which is one of the keys to more efficient production processes. However, quality control teams may be more reluctant to inspect on the shop floor and prefer to redirect measured parts to the lab, where the control will be performed on the CMM. This article is intended to demystify why, when, and how inspections can be performed efficiently on the production floor.


1. To unload the CMM
Because CMMs are very accurate metrology instruments, they are very popular for inspection and quality control. Therefore, they are extremely loaded. Among the tactics employed to unload the CMM is prioritizing inspection directly on the production floor, especially if the measured parts are large and cannot be moved easily.

2. To enable measurements at intermediate steps
Waiting until the end of the production to inspect the manufactured parts may be risky and hazardous. It is usually not easy to locate where specific issues occur, especially if the manufacturing process comprises many steps. Thus, deciding to wait may save time in the short term, but can quickly become a headache later on. Action today can prevent a crisis tomorrow. Measurements at intermediate steps, therefore, are paramount to better quality control. In addition, they must be performed on the production floor to minimize manipulations of parts, especially when they are large and heavy.

3. To enhance the quality of the products
Because more measurements can be done on the production floor than on the CMM, more parts can be inspected. The inspection frequency can also be increased due to the availability of measuring tools. All this has a major impact on the quality of the products.


Whenever you want! Inspection on the production floor gives production teams more autonomy, better capabilities, and greater independence. They no longer need to rely on the CMMs, which are already extremely loaded, nor do they have to wait for a quality control department, which can be very busy. They can use another metrology tool, one with a level of accuracy that is not overkill for the tolerances typically required in the industry. With the possibility of measuring parts whenever they want, at any intermediate step, production teams can perform better quality controls.


Inspection on the production floor requires a tool suitable to take measurements in an industrial environment. The metrology tool must be portable, compact, and easy to use.

Some metrology tools are more sensitive to environment instabilities than others. In those particular cases, it is important to track any vibrations that could impact the measurement system and to minimize the induced error. Another solution is to use an optical technology. In addition to being portable and suitable for industrial conditions, optical metrology provides measurement accuracy that is insensitive to the instabilities of the environment.

Remember, if the measured part moves, vibrates, or oscillates during the measurement, then the inspection and quality testing are not valid.This enhances the importance of having a rigid measurement setup or a reference system that is locked to the part itself. Dynamic referencing gives this flexibility by optically tracking the measured part and the measuring tool at the same time.

Inspection on the production floor, therefore, requires fewer manipulations, which means less error accumulation and less pressure on quality control operators. It also reduces the amount of back and forth in the lab, which means fewer bottlenecks at the CMM. All tooling remains available for production, which minimizes delays and accelerates customer approval. For all of these reasons, inspection done directly on the production floor leads to more efficient production processes, saving time and money.

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ST Robotics announces the availability of their new advanced vision inspection system, the STVS-X, integrated with the full range of ST Robotics’ arms for the automated and accurate handling, testing and inspection solutions of critical parts.

Developed to specifically address the need for tighter fault detection and quality assurance in the manufacturing of high precision components, an ST robot arm picks up the part to be inspected and rotates the part in front of a an Epix SV5M10 high resolution camera for an all-round, accurate inspection.  Measurements can be made down to a 0.001 mm resolution.

Utilizing ZephaVision’s Video Toolbox, two basic modes of operation accurately measure defects at a high rate of inspection validity: 1) The Golden Image comparison in which the part is compared to a known good part whose image is stored in the computer.  Defects are easily seen in the comparison images and the robot automatically separates the reject parts; and 2) Critical Measurements in which the robot positions the part from many different angles while the inspection system takes measurements of critical dimensions and compares them at a very high precision level.

“ST Robotics’ advanced vision system can be used to vastly enhance the quality inspection of any critical, small parts,” said David Sands, President and CEO of ST Robotics. “It is successfully being implemented in the orthopaedic industry and we are currently seeking partners in other industries such as aeronautical, pharmaceutical, and electronics, to integrate our automated robotic inspection solution.”

ST Robotics has offices in Princeton, New Jersey and Cambridge, England as well as offices in Asia.

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Pressure to increase production and minimize waste for increasingly complex parts is driving manufacturers to look for quality control processes that are faster and more accurate. To help companies meet tolerances and achieve repeatability, Advanced Industrial Measurement Systems (AIMS), an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of coordinate measuring machines, has introduced the Revolution Series HB Shop Floor CMM.

“Speed is critical for manufacturers today,” says Gary Rockwell, director of marketing and product development for AIMS. “Parts are becoming more complex with tighter tolerances and customer lead times are shrinking. Part inspections can sometimes take two to three days using conventional methods. The Revolution HB is able to cut inspection time from days to minutes for many applications such as aerospace components. Best of all, manufacturers gain speed without sacrificing accuracy.”

Constructed with a polymer-cast base and a roll-around stand with casters that can be locked in place, the Revolution HB is easy to move. The machine runs on standard 110 volt power, so the need for shop air is eliminated. Built-in vibration resistance, mechanical bearings and thermal stability give the Revolution HB the durability it needs to withstand the rigors of shop floor use. The CMM features a Renishaw PH20 probe head which provides superior accuracy and repeatability and performs three times faster than conventional probe heads.

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Perceptron, Inc. has launched a full range of 5-axis CMMs complete with the revolutionary Renishaw® REVO-2 scanning probe and a fully-integrated UCC CMM controller and MODUS® metrology software.

Elliott Mills, Perceptron’s CMM Product Sales Director says, “By combining the metrology stability of the COORD3 Universal CMM with the latest Renishaw REVO-2 5-axis measuring system, CMM dynamic error is minimized for high-speed probe motion since all part feature scanning motion is within the REVO-2 head. The REVO-2 is the only scanning system for CMMs that simultaneously controls the motion of three CMM and two probe head axes, while collecting workpiece data using its range of 3D tactile probes, surface roughness measurement probe and non-contact vision probe. It uses laser measurement for precise workpiece measurement at extremely high rates of data capture. Scanning rates of 500mm/sec can now be achieved that are 20 times faster than traditional 3-axis scanning CMMs.

The Universal CMMs utilize a high-technology alloy moving frame design that provides the benchmark for dynamics and measuring accuracy performance. This design overcomes the issues associated with operating traditional build CMM structures, in the typical, less than perfect, CMM operating environments. A CMM thermal compensation system of both machine and part, allows the measuring system to automatically and dynamically compensate for changes in the CMM operating environment. This system allows the CMM to perform with stated measuring accuracy between 16 and 26-degrees C. Gold-plated 0.1µm measuring scales are free-floating in support tracks, eliminating any CMM structural changes from influencing its measuring accuracy.

Universal CMMs have a very efficient design in terms of machine simplicity which improves long-term reliability and ultimately cost of CMM ownership. The COORD3 Universal CMMs have an isostatic design for each axis that provides optimum machine geometrical alignment in the construction of the machine, which ultimately benefits the ability to make accurate field calibrations. Universal has a monolithic base-plate, with integral inverted dovetail guide-way, and a generous 90mm (3.5 in.) x 90 mm (3.5 in.) Z Ram section providing outstanding metrological performances. Direct axis drives, using toothed drive belts, provide the vibration-free motion with zero hysteresis.

Universal CMMs can also be equipped with an optional SZP (Safety Zone Protection System) which uses laser scanners to monitor the defined protection zone when the CMM is in high speed automatic measuring mode. SZP reduces the CMM speed upon infringement of the safety zone by an operator and automatically returns the CMM to its full measuring speed, only after the zone infringement has been cleared. The SZP system allows safe use of the CMM in a production, shop-floor and fully-automated applications.

The COORD3 Universal CMM range accommodates part sizes up to 3000mm x 1500mm x 1200mm. COORD3 has already supplied 5-axis CMM’s to several North American aerospace manufacturing companies.

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Hexagon Metrology announced the next generation of the ROMER Absolute Arm. The portable coordinate measuring machine (CMM) provides non-contact laser scanning capabilities for CAD-to-part inspections and reverse engineering applications. It provides immediate feedback of critical features after design iterations for quality control or rapid prototyping. The enhanced portable measuring arm features optimized ergonomics, a new wrist design, and greater stability to create a better user experience while further reducing operator fatigue. Hexagon Metrology’s ROMER Absolute Arm is available immediately worldwide.

The 6-axis portable measuring arm introduces a new wrist designed around the complex contours of the human hand. The new wrist on the 7-axis Absolute Arm has a more natural feel with rotation centered around the system’s probe. Both systems feature a lockable, Zero-G counterbalance which improves arm movement, protects it from hard falls, and enables single-handed operation. In addition to upgraded ergonomic features, the 6-axis wrist includes a built-in work light and digital camera. Haptic feedback vibrates the wrist and warns the user of possible harmful conditions, making it ideal for noisy shop-floor environments. The arm also features a redesigned tube inspection configuration for quick inspections and reverse engineering of bend paths. The 7-axis arm is designed to accept an integrated or external, high performance laser scanner at any time. It may also be purchased without the scanner and used as a hard probing system. Both arms do not require recalibration after a probe or scanner change.

“With this next generation of the ROMER Absolute Arm, we have created a versatile and mobile non-contact measurement tool for 3D printing and design engineering applications,” said Burt Mason, product manager for Hexagon Metrology, Inc. “The arm’s optimized ergonomics, thermally stable construction, reliable encoders and plug-and-play probes deliver a new level of performance for this rapidly growing market.”

All ROMER measuring arms are available with PC-DMIS Touch Portable, a revolutionary measurement software that utilizes high-resolution Multi-Touch display technology on a tablet PC. The PC-DMIS Touch interface is particularly well suited to ROMER portable arm users and further complements their experience.

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Mitutoyo America Corporation is pleased to announce the new STRATO-Apex574 Coordinate Measuring Machine to its STRATO-Apex line of CMMs. This new configuration offers a more compact footprint while still offering the same state-of-the-art blend of high-speed operation and highly accurate measurement. The STRATO-Apex574 is a compact bridge-type design featuring accuracy as low as 0.7µm. It utilizes a 0.05µm resolution scale and temperature range of 18 to 22 C° (64.4 to 71.6 F°). This CMM is ideal for manufacturers who produce high precision small parts for industries such a medical, precision mold, and aerospace that require a smaller footprint for CMM inspection.

The STRATO-Apex line offers high speed and accuracy in measurement that is ensured by a specially designed machine body that has improved rigidity of the structure, a precision guide mechanism, ultra-high precision crystallized glass scales with near-zero thermal expansion and the incorporation of newly developed compensation technology. A standard vibration-dampening unit is included as a standard accessory to round out this CMMs advanced capabilities. The STRATO-Apex line features dual joysticks, air balanced Z-axis ram, precision air bearings on all axes, a USB, fully digital DC 32 bit Mitutoyo CNC CMM Digital Signal Processor controller with a PH10MQ quill mounted probe head featuring internal wiring. A wide range of inspections solutions including scanning probe, non-contact laser scanning, video, and surface roughness inspection can be added to ensure versatility that will satisfy almost any inspection need.

Mitutoyo Corporation is the world's largest provider of measurement and inspection solutions offering the most complete selection of machines, sensors, systems and services with a line encompassing CMMs (Coordinate Measuring Machines), vision, form and finish measuring machines as well as precision tools and instruments, and metrology data management software.

Mitutoyo's nationwide network of Metrology Centers and support operations provides application, calibration, service, repair and educational programs to ensure that our 6,000+ metrology products will deliver measurement solutions for our customers throughout their lifetime.

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Hexagon Metrology announced the launch of the 7.10.7 SF, a new generation of shop floor coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) specially designed to excel in harsh industrial environments. The new product line introduces significant advancements based on decades of experience, the implementation of thousands of shop floor machines, and the support of those CMMs in the field worldwide. The 7.10.7 SF offers distinctive usability enhancements aimed at making the CMM more convenient and productive for manufacturing operations. The 7.10.7SF is available immediately worldwide.

The 7.10.7 SF’s computer, controller, and interface boxes are housed in one self-contained unit for easy transport on the shop floor.  The CMM has a measuring stroke of 710mm x 1010mm x 680mm, and uses standard 110/220 volt single phase outlets with no need for shop air. A major new feature is the integrated and flexible part fixture system enabling customers to locate up to four 300mm x 300mm fixture plates or one 500mm fixture plate on the table. Using a unique kinematic locating system, the fixture plates can be quickly loaded and unloaded, allowing users to swap individual parts or part types in a matter of seconds.

“The 7.10.7 SF is our new generation offering in the SF series, and a natural progression from the original 4.5.4 SF design and its quantum leap in CMM usability,” said Eric Bennett, product manager of bridge CMMs from Hexagon Metrology. “The 7.10.7 SF continues the trend of pushing dimensional inspection from the quality lab to the shop floor so inspection becomes simply another operation in the manufacturing process. Our attention to detail and focus on usability has resulted in a CMM with great value and exclusive benefits for our customers."

Other user experience improvements include fully integrated workspace lighting and message lighting. The workspace lighting feature fully illuminates the measurement volume addressing the concern that a poorly lit measurement volume is a major impediment to productivity. Message lighting on the CMM’s Z-axis cover displays the status of inspection operations on the shop floor, and eliminates the need to “baby sit” the CMM. Status lights visually indicate when the inspection process is complete, whether a part passed or failed, or if an unexpected problem occurred during the operation.

PC-DMIS Touch, an optional software feature on the SF series, features an intuitive touch screen interface that expedites measurement tasks and creates, selects and launches inspection programs. Shop floor personnel do not require CMM expertise to inspect parts using PC-DMIS, the world’s most popular metrology software. With a few selections on the touch screen, PC-DMIS Touch graphically guides users through part setup and measurement, and then produces concise, meaningful reports for immediate action. The 7.10.7 SF and PC-DMIS Touch create an attractive alternative to functional gaging on the shop floor.

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Hexagon Metrology announced the release of WLS qFLASH, a compact white light solution (WLS) that utilizes state-of-the-art blue light technology, for industrial measurement applications. The new Hexagon Metrology WLS qFLASH is a non-contact, stereo vision system used to quickly capture 3D measurements on the shop floor. The portable solution creates reports and digitizes acquired data on the spot for analysis or direct CAD comparison. Handheld or used on a mobile pedestal, the overall optical head design is smaller, lighter, and easier-to-handle in limited or confined industrial spaces. The new WLS qFLASH is ideal for measuring aerospace components, automotive plastic parts or interiors, closures, aluminum and metal castings, as well as medium sheet metal parts, molds and dies.

The WLS qFLASH is wrapped in a rock-solid carbon fiber optical housing, and employs advanced blue LED high power illumination for reliable results. The system’s rapid image acquisition provides high throughput by utilizing patented stereo vision technology and 2D image processing to measure surfaces, closed features and edge lines. With low sensitivity to machinery vibration, industrial light or temperature changes, qFLASH enables manufacturers of small to medium size parts to measure surfaces and features in shop-floor environments. Hexagon Metrology’s patented stereo-vision technology allows the qFLASH to easily operate in production environments including stamping facilities and aircraft flight lines. The product is paired with Hexagon Metrology’s proprietary CoreView measurement software suite.

“The WLS qFLASH comes with state-of-the-art blue light technology based on the WLS400 product family. Its price point, small footprint, and light weight design make it a very attractive product”, said Amir Grinboim, Product Manager White Light & Automation for Hexagon Metrology Inc. “Together with the new CoreView 7.0 software, we are enhancing our white light solution offering to better support our customer base.”

The qFLASH stereo-vision technology enables fast image acquisition at an average of 10 milliseconds for constant measurement workflow. Shiny objects and surfaces can be measured without treatment. A random pattern is projected on a part, captured by the cameras, and analyzed at subpixel level, finding the differences in gray levels. Using the three cameras for triangulation, a 3D point cloud is reconstructed. Combined with 2D image analysis and propriety algorithms, the WLS qFLASH can extract closed features and edge points/lines without any post processing, such as STL generation, in a robust and repeatable process. This gives the qFLASH the unique ability to output inspection studies based on dense point cloud and 2D image analysis.

The product also includes a reverse engineering image acquisition mode which utilizes the sensor for both fast dimensional measurement and for reverse engineering. Among the new capabilities of CoreView 7.0 software is STL on-the-fly functionality to quickly and seamlessly generate high-quality data in the STL format for reverse engineering applications.This STL on-the-fly functionality is generated in the background so it will not slow down qFLASH’s data acquisition, enabling the qFLASH to maintain the WLS industry leading time from measurement to actionable data.

The WLS qFLASH is available immediately through Hexagon Metrology’s sales network and resellers.

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With the new Optiv Performance 443, Hexagon Metrology offers a complete multi-sensor package in the mid-price range: the tactile LSP-X1 High-Speed Scanning Sensor, touch-trigger probes, a variety of optical sensors and the optional Dual Z-Design.

The new Optiv Performance 443 provides users with a precision system for an affordable price. The device is capable of both contact-less and tactile measurement procedures. The comprehensive options package includes tactile scanning, touch-trigger probes, vision sensors, chromatic white light and through-the-lens lasers. As the only machine of its class, the Optiv Performance 443 can be provided with the exclusive Dual Z-Design from Hexagon Metrology.

The Dual Z-Design involves two vertical Z-axes which can be moved independently of one another. One axis is intended for optical sensors, and the other holds tactile sensors. While the tactile sensor is taking measurements, the axis with the optical sensors is located outside the measuring range. As a result, there is plenty of space for any type of sensor to be used with the measuring machine. The Optiv Performance 443 Dual Z can thus, for example, be combined with the TESASTAR-m (motorised indexable head for probes) and the LSP-X1 High-Speed Scanning Sensor. Any feature can be effortlessly achieved with this Leitz-branded sensor, which is also part of Hexagon Metrology. Shapes and contours can be measured quickly and very precisely.

With conventional multi-sensor systems, optical and tactile sensors are attached to a single axis. This limits the amount of space available. For example, the use of tactile probes on motorised indexable heads is not possible with conventional multi-sensor measuring machines.

The software used with the Optiv Performance 443 is PC-DMIS Vision, the origins of which reach back to tactile measurement technology. PC-DMIS Vision contains all the functions required for tactile and optical measurement. The software supports tactile single-point measurements, tactile scanning and camera measurement, to name a few examples.

The new Optiv Performance 443 is ideal for both the measuring room and use on the shop-floor. It is now available at all Hexagon Metrology commercial operations in the EMEA region.

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The Coordinate Metrology Society (CMS) announced their official Call for Papers for the 30th annual Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference (CMSC). The CMS is the eminent membership association for measurement professionals around the globe. The organization seeks papers that explore the successful deployment of 3D coordinate measurement systems, industry best practices, scientific research and developments, and initiatives associated with portable metrology and related applications. The 2014 CMSC will be held in North Charleston, SC from July 21 - 25, 2014. The Coordinate Metrology Society convenes each year at the CMSC, a unique event designed for users of portable, high-precision measurement technology utilized to inspect manufactured and assembled components on the factory floor.

CMS community members and metrology professionals in manufacturing, scientific research, and academia are encouraged to submit abstracts for technical papers and presentations by the deadline of March 14, 2014. Guidelines for presentations and technical papers can be downloaded at 2014 CMSC Guidelines. The CMS Executive Committee peer-reviews each abstract for presentation at CMSC 2014. Notification of acceptance will occur on April 4, 2014. The CMS Executive Committee considers all technical papers presented at the CMSC, and selects the top papers for publication in the prestigious Journal of the CMSC.

At CMSC 2013, twenty-six expert presentations were delivered by industry leaders from The Boeing Company, NIST, NPL, FermiLab, API Services, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada, Spirit Aerosystems, New River Kinematics, Lockheed Martin, Nuclear FiRST DTC, Rolls-Royce UTC, University of Manchester, The Nuclear AMRC, Variation Reduction Solutions, Inc., Delcam, 3D Systems, LMI Technologies, 8 Tree, University of North Carolina, Dassault Systemes, ISRO Satellite Centre, ElectroImpact, East Coast Metrology, University of Bath, Coast Composites and other companies and educational institutions covering technology, theory, and practice to advance the field of 3D metrology.

The Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference (CMSC) is the world's premier event for Measurement Technology Professionals sponsored by the Coordinate Metrology Society. Established in 1984, the five-day annual conference is held each year at a different location, and attracts visitors from around the globe. CMSC is acclaimed for its comprehensive program of top-shelf white papers and applications presentations given by industry experts from science/research laboratories and manufacturing industries, such as aerospace, space hardware, antenna, automotive, shipbuilding, power generation, and general engineering. No other trade show rivals the high level of authoritative information provided by CMSC members and master users of portable metrology solutions for quality control, quality production, and precision assembly.

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Following the widespread success of the Equator™ 300 gauging system launched in 2011, supported by a turnkey installation service and global support network, Renishaw has expanded the range with the new Equator 300 Extended Height system. Developed in response to customer needs, it provides users with extra fixturing space below the measuring volume.

This new variant allows components to be transferred onto the machine on their machining fixtures and also allows the use of automated systems such as robots and conveyors. The system can inspect features on parts up to 300 mm tall, with rapid changeover to smaller parts using an extended fixture plate spacer.

Since its launch Equator systems have been installed in multiple automotive, aerospace, medical and electronic companies across the world. Users have been attracted by the reduced purchase, maintenance and fixture costs compared to traditional gauges, plus the ability to gauge multiple parts and to re-program for design changes. Equator 300 Extended Height systems have already been supplied to customers looking for the flexibility allowed by an extra 150 mm height below the measuring volume.

In seconds, users can load parts that are still attached to the fixtures used during machining operations. The Equator fixture plate can be easily exchanged for other plates, each mounted to the Equator base using highly repeatable three-point kinematic seats. The plates can also be exchanged for fixture plate spacers, allowing smaller parts on their own fixture plates to be gauged in the same measuring volume.

Turnkey installations

Since the launch of the Equator gauging system in 2011, many customers have also taken advantage of the turnkey programming service offered by Renishaw and its partners. Using Renishaw's comprehensive MODUS™ software, experienced engineers work closely with a customer to generate programs that allow a wide range of parts to be gauged on a single Equator system.

A customer's shop-floor staff then simply select and run programs using the intuitive Modus™ Organiser operator front-end software, requiring little or no training. The Organiser software can report gauging results with a simple ‘pass' or ‘fail' message, while also allowing a full inspection report to be viewed.

Global support

Reflecting the international nature of many modern manufacturing organisations, Equator customers have been able to take advantage of Renishaw's extensive network of Equator support engineers. Projects initiated in one country or region can be easily transferred and locally supported in multiple locations. Renishaw now has approaching 70 regional support offices and multiple approved partners, covering every industrialised area of the world.

Equator principle of operation

Equator is a radical alternative to traditional dedicated gauging, filling a gap in the market never before addressed. The patented low-cost design, unique in construction and method of operation, is capable of high-speed comparative gauging for inspection of high-volume manufactured parts. Equator is a lightweight, fast and highly repeatable gauge that operators can use with ‘push-button' simplicity. Equator can switch between parts in seconds, perfect for flexible manufacturing processes or accepting parts from multiple machines.

Thermal stability

Equator's innovative and highly repeatable gauging technology is based on the traditional comparison of production parts to a reference master part. Re-mastering is as swift as measuring a production part and immediately compensates for any change in the thermal conditions of a shop-floor environment. Equator can be used in factories with wide temperature variation – simply re-master and the system is ‘re-zeroed', ready for repeatable comparison to the master.

Traceability to calibrated CMMs

Master parts do not need to be expensive custom parts like those used on a traditional gauge; users simply take a production part and measure it on a co-ordinate measuring machine (CMM) to establish the variation from CAD or drawing nominals. The results from CMMs can be configured to be used directly within the Equator software.

Effectively, the calibrated absolute accuracy of the CMM (often located in remote temperature controlled rooms to ensure accuracy) can be ‘extended' onto the shop floor to provide calibrated traceability to Equator measurements. With the calibration file loaded into the Equator software, measurements made in the Equator system can be referred back to the CAD or drawing nominals.

Low-cost fixturing

Compared to dedicated gauging, Equator cuts fixture costs considerably. By using fixturing that positions parts to within 1 mm of where the master was measured, there is no significant effect on system repeatability and the need for expensive precision fixtures is removed.

Integrated stylus changing

Further versatility is offered by the Equator-specific stylus changing rack, included in the purchase price of an Equator system, which allows automated in-cycle changing of SH25 stylus holders. The SH25 holders couple to the industry-standard Renishaw SP25 probe, allowing Equator users to swap the stylus configurations without re-qualifying each time. Up to six stylus combinations can be loaded into the rack at any time and they can be used on a single complex part or with multiple parts of varying geometries.

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New to the market from HEIDENHAIN are two Touch Probes featuring hybrid technology, both offering radio and infrared signal transmissions.  Known as the TS 460 for workpiece measurement and the TT 460 for tool measurement, these touch probes are highly functional, reliable and easy to use.

The dual signal transmission of these new touch probes enables the user to select either mode, combining the advantages of radio when extended range and large amounts of data are required, or the benefits offered by infrared signals when the highest accuracies and fast signal transmission are needed.  This way, one version of a touch probe can be operated on any machine size (from small and enclosed to large and open).  Difficult applications, such as plunging into a cylinder and 5-axis articulating spindle heads, are also simple to maneuver giving a user greater application flexibility and machine versatility.

The radio transmission uses the 2.4 GHz frequency band, which does not require a license, and has 16 channels.  The range is usually 15 m, but much larger ranges are possible under ideal circumstances.  The infrared transmission has a range of 7 m. The carrier frequency method makes this transmission very reliable, and the high frequency ensures a short delay time.  No matter which signal transmission chosen, users need only one SE 660 transmitter-receiver unit.  And these, as well as all HEIDENHAIN touch probes, have 360 degree range of transmission.

On both the TT 460 and TS 460, the optical sensor is free of wear, and so provides the specified probing reproducibility even after a large number of probing processes (5 million switching cycles during type testing).  And the compact design makes it possible to use these touch probes even where installation space is limited.  The smaller contours of the TS permit much freedom when tilting into position.  The TS workpiece touch probes also have blower jets for cleaning the workpiece, either with coolant or compressed air.

Both touch probes have an optional adapter to protect against collision and thermal decoupling.  In these instances, the adapter is placed between the touch probe and taper shank.

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The Coordinate Metrology Society (CMS) today announced the results of their third large-scale measurement study conducted at the 28th annual Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference (CMSC) held in New Orleans, LA.  The 2012 measurement study was developed to support the organization’s Certification Cognitive Examination development process, which will culminate in the industry’s first level-one personnel Certification program for portable 3D metrology. The study’s main focus was to test the methodology of practical testing rather than the evaluation of the measurement results. The 83-page report entitled “The Importance of Practical Testing” details the results and analysis of the interactive measurement study.  Metrology is the science of measurement, and professionals in this field work in diverse industries such as aerospace, automotive, power generation, and more.

Over a two day period, more than 90 CMSC conference attendees participated in a data collection activity that provided a hands-on challenge, regardless of experience with large volume measurement systems. The study was coordinated by the National Physical Laboratory (UK) and event sponsor Metrologic Group, assisted by members of the CMS Certification Committee, Coventry University, and volunteers from many OEMs and software developers in the metrology industry. Author Keith Bevan from the National Physical Laboratory performed statistical analysis of the study and compiled those conclusions into the new report, which was peer-reviewed by the organization’s Executive and Certification Committees.

An evaluation of the appropriateness of practical testing was undertaken during the measurement study, involving the use of an articulated arm and/or a laser tracker measuring either a dedicated test piece or a motorcycle product.  Notably, over a third of the participants had less than 5 years of measurement experience, while 64% were veteran metrologists with more than 5 years of hands-on experience. 41% of the study’s participants take weekly measurements.

Nearly 95% participated in the measurement study conducted in 2011. A workshop was held on the third day of the conference to review the results and to ascertain information about future measurement studies for CMSC.

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Geomagic® announced the 2013 release of its leading 3D metrology and inspection software, Geomagic Qualify® and Geomagic Qualify® Probe.

The 2013 versions build upon Geomagic’s robust inspection capabilities, delivering improved automation, GD&T and hard-probing functions. The combined new features will make it even easier to quickly measure and verify manufactured part size and perform automated inspection and measurement in quality checking and assurance processes.

Geomagic Qualify is the industry’s most comprehensive, robust and accurate 3D metrology solution and automation platform for use with both probe and scan data. Geomagic Qualify Probe, on the other hand, makes Geomagic Qualify’s wide toolset available in a simpler, probing-only measuring environment. Innovative, flexible and extraordinarily customizable, the Geomagic Qualify products deliver reliable and innovative solutions that save customers time and help them consistently manufacture top-quality products.

“Today’s manufacturing environment demands not only the best metrology toolsets, but it also needs to be automated and customized for some very complex processes,” said John Alpine, vice president of engineering, Geomagic. “Geomagic Qualify 2013 delivers a comprehensive set of tools for advanced Python scripting which allow customers to create inspection workflows that meet their specific needs – and save time This release delivers a really full set of probing and reference data creation tools, plus CAD-free workflows that will continue to meet their evolving needs.”

Improved Feature tools and advanced GD&T functionality

The Geomagic Qualify products have been enhanced to deliver more intuitive interactivity between the engineer and the software, especially in the QuickFeature™ and QuickProbe™ toolsets.

Features (i.e., reference data) form the core functionality of any measurement system, and significant advances have been made in this area to enhance the workflows for engineers. The new QuickFeature enhancements include CAD-less feature creation and fast, intuitive creation of features using the new pre-selection highlight. The QuickProbe functions now include better probed feature editing with relative measurements; improved fitting statistic readout for each probed point, with the ability to exclude and automatically refit; and audio feedback when probing, which indicates real-time out-of-tolerance conditions without the engineer having to watch the monitor.

Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerance (GD&T) enhancements have resulted from the improved feature editing and include definition of nominal geometry without a CAD model; improved prompts to probe test data to satisfy callouts in walkthrough mode; and a more detailed Measure Features command that delivers measured and nominal features plus deviations. Enhanced annotation tools provide better appearance, content and customizability of annotations.

Expanded automation platform and command line-driven applications

Automation and custom development, especially of complex and massive metrology workflows, is becoming more important to many customers. Python scripting tools were initially released in the Geomagic Qualify 2012 platforms, and they have been enhanced significantly in the Geomagic 2013 releases. Inspection functionalities, including constrained alignments, CAD model access, reporting, and more, are now available in the platform toolset. These tools enable rapid creation of custom functionality and automation of previously labor-intensive processes.

In addition, a major new feature of Geomagic Qualify 2013 is the access to a version of the software that enables command line-driven versions of the applications, execution of macros, and scripts to be run without using the additional computing resources required by a GUI.

“The automation platform in Geomagic Qualify enables us to quickly automate any inspection process, no matter how complex, with industry-standard Python scripting,” said Bill Greene, CEO, Level 3 Inspection, expert practitioners in automated 3D scanning and computer aided inspection technologies. “Geomagic Qualify gives us massive power for the manufacturers wanting to dramatically improve productivity through highly automated Computer-Aided Inspection (CAI), while saving time to market and improving product quality.”

Improved alignment controls with QuickAlign™

The new alignment commands work with and without a probing device and enable quick alignment of the 3D data through matching features or geometry. Now engineers can align with just a few clicks, and these tools are flexible enough to handle simple 3-2-1 or more complex feature-driven alignments. In addition, N-point alignment allows for dissimilar objects to be aligned using point pairs.

Additional improvements in the Geomagic Qualify interface include a new Connect button to initialize digitizers and keep them connected. Geomagic Qualify 2013 also boasts a 20% faster start up time, and improved handling of compensation vectors is now available in the probing functions.


Geomagic Qualify 2013 and Geomagic Qualify Probe 2013 will begin shipping to new customers, and will be available for maintenance customers to download at the end of January 2013.

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The Coordinate Metrology Society (CMS) today announced their call for papers is now open for the 29th annual Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference (CMSC) to be held July 22 - 26, 2013 in San Diego, CA. The organization cordially invites its community members and metrology professionals in manufacturing, science research, and academia to submit abstracts for technical papers and presentations.  The CMS accepts submissions covering the successful deployment of 3D coordinate measurement systems, industry best practices, and scientific research and developments. The Coordinate Metrology Society convenes each year at the CMSC, a unique event designed for users of portable, high-precision measurement technology utilized to inspect manufactured and assembled components on the factory floor.

The CMS Executive Committee peer-reviews and considers each abstract for presentation at CMSC 2013. The deadline for abstracts is March 15, 2013. Notification of acceptance will occur on April 1, 2013. Guidelines for presentations and technical papers can be downloaded at 2013 CMSC Guidelines. The CMS Executive Committee appraises all technical papers presented at the CMSC, and selects the conference’s best papers for publication in The Journal of the CMSC.

At CMSC 2012, 26 expert presentations were delivered by industry leaders from The Boeing Company, GKN Aerospace, NIST, Lockheed Martin, Hitachi Engineering & Services, ISRO Satellite Centre, Clemson University, Argonne National Laboratory, Schneider-Electric, Dassault Systemes, U.S. Army Research Laboratory, U.S. Navy Reverse Engineering Laboratory, National Research Council of Canada, Leibniz University Hannover, and other companies and educational institutions covering technology, theory, and practice to advance the field of 3D metrology.

The Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference (CMSC) is the world's premier event for Measurement Technology Professionals sponsored by the Coordinate Metrology Society. Established in 1984, the five-day annual conference is held each year at a different location, and attracts visitors from around the globe. CMSC is acclaimed for its comprehensive program of top-shelf white papers and applications presentations given by industry experts from science/research laboratories and manufacturing industries, such as aerospace, space hardware, antenna, automotive, shipbuilding, power generation, and general engineering.

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HEIDENHAIN announces the latest version of their PC-based QUADRA-CHEK Metrology software providing advanced functionality for inspection measurement machines. This software makes it possible to conveniently perform 2-D and 3-D measuring tasks in the field of metrology when standard DRO products will not suffice. Labeled the IK5000 version 2.96.2, this powerful inspection package builds upon the original Metronics QUADRA-CHECK QC5000 software by introducing new functionality such as 3D Profiling capabilities that can provide measurement and graphic evaluation of 3-D contours using multi-sensor and tactile measuring machines. This new option, used for profile measurements, is able to import a 3D CAD file (either STEP or IGES) and compare it with the actual measured part.

This version now supports new Auto Focus functionality to allow for the desired search distance to be directly entered into the search distance field. Previously the algorithm used the Teach function to determine the optimum search distance and Z axis velocity depending on the camera frame rate, which could cause intermittent failures depending on the part surface and if it was significantly different from the surface used during the Teach process.

Part Programming improvements were added to support compensation for the thermal behavior of products that experience a shrinkage or growth of material during the manufacturing process. This will allow users to write a single inspection program for measuring parts with materials having a known growth or shrink rate throughout the manufacturing process.

Improvements were also added to currently existing Radial and Palletize methods of automatic part programming routines. These methods are designed to help users when there are common features or parts that repeat angularly, around a datum, or based on a palletized grid layout. On Video-Based Inspection machines, these improvements will retain specific video tool sizes and the positions needed for these measurements, and then repeat them based on the angle they are located around the datum or in reference to a linear layout. The new Palletize grid functionality will also allow the user to graphically select which parts in the grid are required for measurement, and only run the program in those locations.

The IK5000 version 2.96.2 now also offers compatibility for PCs using Windows 7 (32bit) operating systems as well as Windows XP and Vista.

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Renishaw’s new SFP1 probe option for the REVO® five-axis measurement system is the first to allow surface finish inspection to be fully integrated within coordinate measurement routines.

With a measurement capability of 6.3 to 0.05 Ra, the SFP1 surface finish probe makes the CMM a “single platform” metrology system. It eliminates the need for hand-held surface measurement devices or transporting parts to a dedicated surface measuring machine, reducing labor costs and inspection lead times. The system allows automated switching between dimensional measurement and surface finish measurement, with the analysis contained in a single report.

The SFP1 probe is a fully integrated option for the REVO 5-axis measurement system, supplied with two dedicated styli, straight and cranked, which are selected via the measurement program control using the system’s modular rack system (MRS). The probe incorporates a C axis that, combined with the infinite positioning of the REVO head and choice of stylus holders, allows the probe tip to be automatically oriented to any angle to suit the part, ensuring that the highest quality surface data is acquired. This enables flexible access to component features, combined with the consistency of fully automated CNC control. Using the straight stylus, the SFP1 can perform a measurement trace within a 10 mm diameter bore to a depth of 100 mm.

A skidded probe with a 2 µm (0.000079 in) radius diamond stylus tip, the SFP1 probe outputs Ra, RMS and raw data formats to the metrology application software via Renishaw’s UCCServer software, using the I++ DME protocol. The raw data can subsequently be presented to specialized surface analysis software for more detailed reporting.

Calibration of the probe is also automated under the CMM program. A surface finish calibration artifact (SFA) is mounted on the MRS rack and is measured using the SFP1 probe. Software then adjusts parameters within the probe in accordance with the artifact’s calibrated value.

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Mitutoyo America Corporation announces availability of new, generation D MF/MF-U® measuring microscopes. The new MF/MF-U® measuring microscopes offer the long working-distance objectives and sub-micron accuracy glass scales of previous models.

Enhancements Include:

  • Three-axis, motor-driven positioning with variable speed joystick control and collision prevention (Z axis) to reduce operator fatigue and increase accuracy.
  • The motorized X-, Y- and Z-axis motor functions that can be combined with a new Mitutoyo Vision Unit to produce a new levels of automation in toolmaker microscopes.
  • Laser Auto-Focus (LAF) models provide high accuracy and repeatability in two modes of operation: Just Focus (JF) mode for quick focusing and Tracking Focus (TF) for maintaining focus as the stage moves.
  • Many optical options are available including magnification levels, BF/DF and LED illumination.

High repeatability and productivity make the new Mitutoyo MF/MF-U® microscope ideal for measurement of cutting tools, molds and other machined components. Semi-conductor wafer holders specific to the generation D MF/MF-U® measuring microscope are available.
Additionally, new MF/MF-U® Measuring Microscopes can support output to measurement data applications such as MeasurLink®, Mitutoyo's proprietary statistical-processing and process-control program which performs statistical analysis and provides real-time display of measurement results for SPC applications. The program can also be linked to a higher-level network environment for enterprise-wide functionality.

Mitutoyo Corporation is the world's largest provider of measurement and inspection solutions offering the most complete selection of machines, sensors, systems and services with a line encompassing CMMs (Coordinate Measuring Machines), vision, form and finish measuring machines as well as precision tools and instruments, and metrology data management software.
Mitutoyo's nationwide network of Metrology Centers and support operations provides application, calibration, service, repair and educational programs to ensure that our 6,000+ metrology products will deliver measurement solutions for our customers throughout their lifetime.

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The new ND 120 QUADRA-CHEK metrology digital readout (DRO) from HEIDENHAIN is designed specifically for manual measuring machines such as optical comparators and measuring microscopes.  As an offshoot of HEIDENHAIN’s ND 1200 QUADRA-CHEK, the ND 120 offers most of the functionality but at a lower price point.  It supports two- to three-axes with the third axis switchable between linear or rotary.

The new ND 120 QUADRA-CHEK has a monochrome flat-panel screen for displayed values, measured features, and graphical displays.  It combines the robust design and hardware of HEIDENHAIN’s machine tool DROs with the software and functionality of the QUADRA-CHEK metrology units.  The rugged diecast aluminum enclosure makes the ND 120 perfect for harsh factory floor environments where production control takes place.  Meanwhile, the capability to measure and tolerance points, lines, circles, distances, and angles makes the ND120 well suited for the demands of metrology.

The appropriate combination of defined function keys and context-dependent soft keys provides the user with a clear overview and a simple-to-use system.  The user friendly GUI follows previous QUADRA-CHEK software, providing users with a simple, convenient, cost effective digital readout.

Finally, to keep up with market demands, the ND 120 is capable of direct USB communication with a computer.  This feature allows for easy storage of data and convenient interfacing with any current computer the user may have.  In keeping with HEIDENHAIN tradition, the ND 120 offers reliability and ease of use now in a more economical package

HEIDENHAIN CORPORATION is the North American subsidiary of DR. JOHANNES HEIDENHAIN GmbH, a leading international manufacturer of precision measurement and control equipment.  Our product line includes linear scales, rotary and angular encoders, digital readouts, digital length gages, CNC controls, and machine inspection equipment.

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Mitutoyo America Corporation announces release of the new Quick Vision® WLI vision measuring machine. Besides an optical vision head, the Quick Vision® WLI also incorporates a white light interferometer (WLI) head. Together these heads enable high accuracy performance of non-contact vision plus non-contact 3D measurement of high aspect-ratio minute form (Z = Sub µm ~ 100µm) functions in a single machine - eliminating the need to move a workpiece from one type of machine to another.
As a result, the Quick Vision® WLI offers a significant throughput improvement for non-contact measurement of items combining both 2D and minute form 3D features in a single workpiece - example subjects could include IC chips and packages, hybrid chassis, lead frames, and many types of precision machined and molded parts.
The Quick Vision® WLI interferometer head splits a beam of white light in two; one beam goes towards a reference mirror and the other beam goes to the workpiece. As the reference objective is moved along the Z-axis, a white "interference ring" is observed on the focus point; analysis of this ring makes it possible to determine the 3D shape of the feature under observation.
The Quick Vision® WLI performs 2D/3D form evaluation using Mitutoyo FORMPAK-QV/FORMTRACEPAK-PRO software which features a refined, intuitive GUI. Results can be displayed in 2D/3D graphics for easy interpretation; a variety of editing and control tools are standard.
In addition, new Quick Vision® WLI 2D/3D non-contact measuring machines can support output to measurement data applications such as MeasurLink®, Mitutoyo's proprietary statistical-processing and process-control program which performs statistical analysis and provides real-time display of measurement results for SPC applications. The program can also be linked to a higher-level network environment for enterprise-wide functionality.
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Mitutoyo America Corporation announces availability of the new MACH®-3A CNC Coordinate Measuring Machine - a CMM that brings levels accuracy and performance expected from Mitutoyo to in-line applications. Instead of the basic GO/NO GO judgments common to in-line gaging, the MACH®-3A CNC provides comprehensive measurements to enable statistical control utilizing numeric data. The MACH®-3A is a clean slate design embodying numerous features dedicated to functionality and high-performance for in-line applications.
The Mitutoyo MACH®-3A CMM is a horizontal-arm type machine with high speed and high acceleration (max. speed of 1,212mm/s, max. acceleration of 11,882mm/s2 - both in vector direction) that contributes to high throughput for greater productivity and lower total owning and operating costs.
The MACH®-3A is compact, requiring only a minimal envelope which minimizes its impact on line layouts. This, plus high-environmental resistance, make the MACH®-3A easy to integrate into both upstream and downstream processes - even under demanding production floor conditions.
Conventional CMMs typically require dust-controlled environments to maintain accuracy. But with a drive unit protected by covers, precision linear guide systems for each axis instead of air bearings, and with its controller and PC installed in a dust-proof housing, the Mitutoyo MACH®-3A is highly-resistant to the effects of dust, mist and humidity. Additionally the MACH®-3A tolerates a wide range of operating temperatures - guaranteed to maintain accuracy between 5° and 40°C. Additional production-oriented features include a machine status indicator (signaling machine fault or abnormal measurement), an ergonomically-positioned touch-panel monitor with built-in compact keyboard, plus a built-in, industrial-grade controller and PC. It all means the MACH®-3A CMM offers the functionality, durability and stability required for 24/7 in-line operation.
The MACH®-3A CMM comes with standard with MCOSMOS® (Mitutoyo Controlled Open System for Modular Operation Support) which supports virtually every CAD format while providing routines for in-line measurement, data feedback, and process management. MACH®-3A architecture together with available Mitutoyo software packages make it easy to integrate this machine with high-level network environments for true enterprise-wide functionality.

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Mitutoyo America Corporation announces availability of the innovative, new Ko-ga-me® measurement head - designed to bring full capability to applications where a compact, high-performance, 3D CNC, 2- or 3-axis measurement system would be ideal.

The Mitutoyo Ko-ga-me® is small-sized, requiring only a minimal envelope (17.3" [440mm] x 16.1" [410mm] x 4.7' [120mm]) and weighing 17.6 lbs. (8kg). This makes Ko-ga-me® agile and easy for a customer to mount - using either an available fixed base (wherein the workpiece moves during measurement) or using a moving-axis mounting system of the customer's own design.
Mitutoyo Ko-ga-me® measuring systems are available for horizontal or vertical installation and can be used in stand-alone applications or integrated into work cells. Ko-ga-me® is ideal for inspection of large or small workpieces and offers a wide range of available measurement probes including touch-trigger, optical or constant contact probing.
The Mitutoyo Ko-ga-me® is available in 40mm, 80mm, and 120mm stroke models and offers a resolution of 0.02µm, a measuring accuracy from 1.5 x (3L/1000)µm, a maximum drive speed of 200mm/s (1 axis) and has a maximum acceleration of 0.4G (1 axis).  In addition the unit supports probes including: TP200+PH6, SP25+PH6M and QVP (QuickVision® Probe).
Mitutoyo Corporation is the world's largest provider of measurement and inspection solutions offering the most complete selection of machines, sensors, systems and services with a line encompassing CMMs (Coordinate Measuring Machines), vision, form and finish measuring machines as well as precision tools and instruments, and metrology data management software.

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The enhanced ROMER Absolute Arm with integrated laser scanner is more rapid than previous versions, offering an acquisition speed of up to 50,000 points per second. This enables users to move the scanner over the measurement object faster than before, while achieving the same high-quality data which ROMER users have come to expect, even on difficult-to-scan surfaces such as high-gloss carbon-fiber. This means that users can now scan up to 66% more surface area in the same amount of time as with previous versions of the ROMER Absolute Arm with integrated laser scanner.

Along with this development, Hexagon Metrology is launching a wireless scanning option for the ROMER Absolute Arm with integrated laser scanner. This new Wireless Scanning Pack allows any arm with an integrated scanner to be operated completely wirelessly, and at the same data transmission speed as with a traditional cable. Furthermore, for unlimited wireless operation in the field, the Wireless Scanning Pack includes a dual “hot swappable” battery system, where one battery can be charged continuously while the other is in use.  Offered as an accessory, the Wireless Scanning Pack is compatible with all new and existing ROMER Absolute Arms with integrated laser scanner. Upgrade Installation for existing ROMER arms can be user completed in just a few minutes.

The ROMER Absolute Arm with integrated laser scanner is a portable CMM for both tactile and non-contact 3D measurement. The laser scanner is completely integrated into the arm, which allows the measuring arm to be certified as complete system according to international standards such as B89 or VDI/VDE.

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FARO Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: FARO), the world’s most trusted source for 3D measurement technology, announced today the FARO Tour 2012, a series of 12 open houses featuring the company’s popular Paul Jr. Designs Motorcycle and all-new Vantage Laser Tracker. The tour begins at IMTS in Chicago, September 10-15, and continues to 11 other venues throughout the U.S. It is the first such tour for FARO and its motorcycle, and will be the best chance for the general public to receive hands-on demonstrations of the company’s newest laser tracker, the Vantage.

Featured on the Discovery Channel series, American Chopper, Senior vs. Junior, the FARO bike was designed and built by Paul Jr. Designs to celebrate FARO’s 30th Anniversary. Paul Teutul Jr. personally delivered the chopper to FARO’s Lake Mary, FL headquarters in early 2011 and since then, it has gained tremendous popularity for its unique style and power. “FARO is so proud of this bike. It looks great and people love it,” said David Morse, Senior Vice President and Managing Director for FARO Americas. “We want to take the chopper out on the road and bring it right to our customers and potential customers so they can appreciate it up close. And, while they’re here, we’ll show attendees time and money-saving techniques that they can take back to work with them.”

Following IMTS, the FARO Tour 2012 will move to venues like Andretti Green in Indianapolis, Pratt & Miller Engineering outside of Detroit and the Museum of Flight in Seattle. It’s the perfect chance for attendees to see FARO’s bike, the all-new Vantage and other FARO solutions up close, and hear from other professionals who use FARO solutions every day. Sessions are open to the general public, free to attend and include lunch and coffee. Attendees are eligible for prize drawings and specials on FARO warranties and equipment.

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FARO Applications Engineer Ryan Dant will explore contact and non-contact measurement technologies, and explain the advantages of each to the design engineer, OEM manufacturer and others. Attendees will gain a greater understanding of the advantages and drawbacks for both, and ultimately be able to decide which is best for their unique application.

Attend this webinar and FARO will:

  • Discuss, in-depth, the process of contact measurement including the types of probing methods - hard-probing and touch-trigger methods

  • Explain laser probing as it relates to articulated arm CMMs; covering point cloud spread, volume, and the effects of color and reflectivity on the target item

  • Detail the uses of each type of measurement in different applications, and explain the specific benefits to users


Ryan Dant
Applications Engineer
FARO Technologies


Leslie Langnau
Managing Editor
Design World

Tuesday, July 17, 2012
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

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Hexagon Metrology Inc. will feature innovations in measurement automation at IMTS (International Manufacturing Technology Show) 2012 being held at McCormick Place, Chicago, IL from September 10-15, 2012. In Booth E-5202, Hexagon will exhibit a full complement of metrology solutions with a spotlight on the new Cognitens WLS400A for automated measurement applications and  PC-DMIS 2012 inspection software. The company will also demonstrate recently released products: ROMER portable arms, Optiv Vision 321, Sheffield and Brown & Sharpe 4.5.4 SF CMMs, and PC-DMIS software.

In Booth E-5202, Hexagon will also showcase an official racecar from Hendrick Motorsports, winner of a record 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships. Hendrick Motorsports is a longtime user of Hexagon Metrology products for inspection and assembly of auto body, chassis and engine components for both pre-race adjustment and post-race evaluation.

New Product Announcements from Hexagon

At IMTS, Hexagon Metrology will debut the Cognitens WLS400A designed for automated inspection applications. The 3D optical measurement solution can transform a robot into a high-accuracy metrology device. Ideal for the motor vehicle or aerospace industries, the white light based system is used to accurately measure large components, analyze early root causes of potential assembly issues, and lower scrap costs during assembly ramp-up. The manual version of the system, the Cognitens WLS400M can also be utilized for rapid prototype part development, and used to certify holding fixtures and assembly tools.

The WLS400A uses digital stereo vision technology to generate highly accurate 3D data in vibration-prone shop floor environments. Due to the system’s ultra-fast data acquisition rate (less than 10 milliseconds), any vibration in frequencies up to hundreds of Hz do not affect the results. The device's performance is not impaired by variable lighting or temperature changes, making it a robust troubleshooting tool for complex engineering issues during product development or for automated measurement tasks. The 3D measurement solution can also be used to standardize quality criteria across global production facilities and with suppliers.

Hexagon will also feature PC-DMIS 2012, the company’s popular CMM software developed for the collection, evaluation, management and presentation of manufacturing data. The software is standard on all Hexagon Metrology measurement devices, and also available on non-Hexagon equipment. Incremental improvements and new enhancements have been added to PC-DMIS 2012, which is used to create, automate and customize inspection routines, and to build lean manufacturing operations. The extensive product line includes PC-DMIS CMM, PC-DMIS NC, PC-DMIS Planner, PC-DMIS Portable, PC-DMIS Vision, PC-DMIS Reshaper, PC-DMIS Gear, PC-DMIS Blade, PC-DMIS Retrofits, and DataPage.

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The growing need to optimize manufacturing methods are driving companies to advance to accurate and fast non-contact optical 3D measurement solutions to conquer today's and tomorrow's challenges. This educational conference focuses on how companies are improving their design, production, manufacturing, and maintenance processes with optical and structured light measurement technology. Capture 3D is thrilled to be celebrating our 5th biannual conference. This special event is geared for engineers, managers, and executives to learn, discover, assimilate, interact, and collaborate. If you have not already signed up, please remember seating is limited, so register today to participate in this exciting event.

The keynote and guest speaker technical presentations will address 3D measurement applications applicable to various industries for optimizing quality control, inspection, reverse engineering, CFD/FEA analysis, automation, rapid manufacturing, root cause analysis, and much more. The 3D Solutions Expo will showcase the latest innovative 3D measurement equipment and software live.

Goal of the event is to:

  • Learn how companies are utilizing innovative 3D measurement technology into current workflows to reduce costs, speed up processes, and improve time to market
  • Discover techniques for ATOS 3D scanning, TRITOP digital photogrammetry, inspection, reverse engineering, and automation
  • Collaborate with industry professionals and gain insight to help improve various applications
  • See upcoming developments and enhancements from Capture 3D and GOM
  • Receive technical advice and support from Capture 3D, GOM, and attendees
  • Provide feedback on desired functionality and other areas of importance to you
  • Network with people who share similar responsibilities and goals
  • Interact in our hands-on 3D Solutions Expo displaying a series of live labs and solutions experts

Capture 3D Measurement Innovation 2012
Hilton Hotel
3050 Bristol Street Costa Mesa, CA 92626
August 21-23, 2012

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Mitutoyo America Corporation announces availability of version 10.0 of its QVPAK® suite of vision measurement software.  Now provided as standard with all Mitutoyo QuickVision® 3D CNC vision measurement systems, QVPAK® 10.0 makes it even easier and more intuitive to control all relevant vision measurement processes including lighting control, magnification and part programming.

QVPAK® 10.0 includes new features that make part programming more convenient than ever.  For example, the user interface can be freely split into windows that can then be dragged anywhere on the desktop, resized, minimized, placed atop one another or hidden.  Each user can custom design individualized screen set-ups on several monitors including, for example, widescreen display of the workpiece image.

The new loop generation allows virtual display and execution of complex loop strategies associated with part program creation.  The operator is presented with a graphic visualization of the loop prior to execution allowing greater understanding prior to loop generation.  This function is available with both Array (Coordinate) and Circular (Rotational) Loop methods.  It is now possible to "promote" and "demote" features and methodologies to and from a loop.

QVPAK® 10.0 also introduces QVEasyEditorTM with multiple language views.  QVEasyEditorTM enables the operator to read, debug, and modify part programs - all without requiring any previous part programming experience.  QVEasyEditorTM represents a part program as visualized in a tree structure format making it easy to create, edit, insert, copy, paste, evaluate and execute.

QVEasyEditorTM also simplifies recording of part programs:  Instead of having to carry out the preliminary step of "learning" a part program in a separate mode, the software now goes directly into the recording mode every time it is started.  In recording mode, part programs can be easily edited as each individual line can be opened by a double-click.  This "modeless" operation means the user is not required to exit the learning mode for editing but can execute lines immediately as edited, or, lines can be added right away for testing.

Newly shipped Mitutoyo QuickVision 3D CNC vision measuring systems are now equipped with QVPAK® 10.0; an upgrade of existing QuickVision machines to the 10.0 version of the software is also available.

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Mitutoyo America Corporation announces availability of its new, High-Accuracy Digimatic® Digital Micrometer – the first micrometer to offer 0.1µm resolution measurement. Now, high-accuracy measurement can be had in a convenient, hand-held tool.

The High-Accuracy Digimatic® Micrometer utilizes the Absolute® rotary sensor (patent pending) manufactured utilizing Mitutoyo’s own high precision screw machining technology. This sensor reduces instrument error to ±0.5µm to deliver high-accuracy with no trade-off in operability. The Absolute® system eliminates the need to reset the origin each time power is turned on thus enabling measurement immediately upon start-up. In addition, the measurement origin can be preset to any value within the display range to reduce set-up time and improve repeatability. The display can be zeroed at any position, making comparison measurement easier. Display resolution can be switched to 0.5µm if 0.1µm measurement is not required.

The Mitutoyo High-Accuracy Digimatic® Micrometer features an extremely rigid frame for stable measurement while a constant-force barrel/spindle mechanism eliminates the possibility of overspeed errors. Transference of body heat to the instrument is reduced by use of a heat shield (removable), minimizing errors attributable to thermal expansion while handheld measurements are performed.

Additionally, the Mitutoyo High-Accuracy Digimatic® Micrometer supports output to measurement data applications such as MeasurLink®, Mitutoyo’s proprietary statistical-processing and process-control program which performs statistical analysis and provides real-time display of measurement results for SPC applications. The program can also be linked to a higher-level network environment for enterprise-wide functionality.

Mitutoyo Corporation is the world’s largest provider of measurement and inspection solutions offering the most complete selection of machines, sensors, systems and services with a line encompassing CMMs (Coordinate Measuring Machines), vision, form and finish measuring machines as well as precision tools and instruments, and metrology data management software.

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At Autosport 2012, being held in Birmingham, UK, from 12th to 15th January, Renishaw will be focusing on its latest metrology products that increase inspection throughput, and its new range of additive manufacturing machines that allow metal parts to be ‘designed today, built tomorrow'.

In hall 20 stand 302, visitors will be introduced to Equator™, which offers a radical alternative to traditional gauging systems, rapidly collecting thousands of data points which can then be used for the comparative measurement of high-volume manufactured parts. Replacing manual measurement with an automated Equator gauging system can greatly increase throughput and reduce scrap rates, at a fraction of the cost of an equivalent custom gauging system.

Also on show is Renishaw's PH20 5-axis probe for co-ordinate measuring machines (CMMs). The PH20 increases touch-trigger CMM throughput up to three times, using fast, infinite, rotary positioning and unique "head touch" capability for high-speed point capture with minimal CMM movement. It uses two-axes of head motion to minimise CMM movement and associated dynamic errors at higher measurement speeds, whilst its unique "inferred calibration" feature eliminates the need for calibration at each orientation.

Renishaw SLM 250 machineProducts from Renishaw's new additive manufacturing product line will also be shown. The SLM250 Selective Laser Melting (SLM) system utilises a pioneering, additive manufacturing process capable of producing fully dense metal parts direct from 3D CAD, using a high-powered fibre laser. Parts are built from a range of fine metal powders that are fully melted in a tightly controlled atmosphere, in layer thicknesses ranging from 20 to 100 microns.

Visitors to Autosport 2012 who are looking to maintain their CNC machine tools at the highest performance standards, will be interested to see Renishaw's innovative QC20-W wireless ballbar and the company's latest release of its innovative AxiSet™ Check-Up system for monitoring rotary axes.

The QC20-W ballbar is the first calibration tool to allow testing in 3 orthogonal planes through a single reference point. A single, simple hardware set up means quicker testing and the ability to produce a representative volumetric measurement of positioning accuracy, with the added convenience of wireless operation. AxiSet Check-Up is a complementary cost-effective tool for checking the alignment and positioning performance of rotary axes. In just a few minutes, users of five-axis machining centres and multi-tasking mill-turn machines can identify and report on poor machine alignments and geometry that can cause extended process setting times, as well as non-conforming parts.

Also on show will be a selection of Renishaw's incremental and absolute position encoder products, plus latest probe systems for CNC machine tools that reduce downtime and scrap levels by automating setting operations, and also allow part dimensions to be verified on the machine.

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Geomagic®, the leading provider of 3D software for creating and inspecting digital models of physical objects, today announced the latest addition to its Geomagic Qualify 3D inspection software product line - Geomagic Qualify Probe™.

Geomagic Qualify Probe takes advantage of the industry-leading Geomagic Qualify technology to work with a broad range of hard probe precision measurement devices from hardware partners such as FARO, Creaform, Hexagon, Nikon and many others. With Geomagic Qualify Probe, users can use touch probes, portable CMM arms and similar equipment to quickly measure physical parts and compare them with their CAD models to determine manufacturing quality. Quality control applications include first-article and in-line production inspection, as well as supplier management.

This user-friendly software is one of the most affordable and powerful in its category. Building on lessons learned from the built-in probing capabilities in Geomagic Qualify, the new Geomagic Qualify Probe software includes redesigned device and human-machine interfaces for fast and intuitive use. Geomagic Qualify’s fast and automated reporting tools are also a key feature of the new software. Furthermore, unlike most of its competition, Geomagic Qualify Probe includes CAD data importers for the native formats of CATIA, Autodesk Inventor, NX, SolidWorks and Creo Elements/Pro (formerly Pro/ENGINEER) at no additional charge.

“Geomagic Qualify Probe will enable us to rapidly expand our productivity and accuracy when using hard probed data, and it includes truly outstanding reporting tools that now have ‘focus’ and ‘magnify’ functions,“  said Rus Emerick, Schneider-Electric. “The direct CAD importers now mean our inspection professionals can work directly with the MCAD models from design engineers, without having to purchase expensive additional options or asking for files to be converted to vendor-neutral formats.”

In addition to interactive, real-time deviation analysis for fixturing and quick checks for out-of-tolerance conditions, measurements collected and evaluated using Geomagic Qualify Probe can be published via integrated reporting tools, including 3D color-mapped models to illustrate deviations over an entire model, evaluation of  Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerance (GD&T) callouts, profile curves and user-defined annotations. Reports published in PDF format can include a live 3D model so that everyone in the supply chain can easily comprehend the inspection results.

Utilizing the same user interface and with file format compatibility, Geomagic Qualify Probe users can easily migrate to Geomagic Qualify to add full scanning and point cloud handling capability when they add a scanning accessory to their compatible hard-probe equipment.

"Geomagic Qualify Probe brings a whole new dimension of productivity to the Geomagic software product line,” said Kris Bowers, application engineer, Exact Metrology. “With the broadly enhanced functionality and features like the new Quick Probe option, teamed with a very affordable price point, Geomagic Qualify Probe is poised to become a key solution for companies looking to perform tactile measurements out on the shop floor."

Geomagic Qualify Probe will be debuted at Quality Expo on Sept 20-22, 2011 at McCormick Place in Chicago by both Exact Metrology (booth # 117) and Geomagic (booth # 1046.)

It will also be given a European debut at the TCT Live event, at the NEC, Birmingham, UK., on Sept 27-29 2011.

The Geomagic Qualify Probe software will be released in early November, and pre-registration for a free trial version is available at:

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Creaform, leader in portable 3D optical measurement technologies, is proud to introduce the latest addition to the wide range of technologies it develops and manufactures, the MaxSHOT 3D optical coordinate measuring system.

The MaxSHOT 3D adds the accuracy and speed of photogrammetry to the wide range of applications already possible with Creaform technologies, most especially when it comes to larger parts. It combines the MaxSHOT 3D photogrammetric video camera and the VXshot processing software.

"We are excited about this new system, since it reflects perfectly our commitment to high accuracy and reliability, says Creaform's president Charles Mony. The MaxSHOT 3D system brings photogrammetry to a whole new level in terms of affordability, ease of use and accessibility. With the MaxSHOT 3D, we will indisputably strengthen our position and grow our market share in metrology-grade technologies on the international basis".

Features and Benefits

As product director Jean-François Larue stresses out, "our main goal was to come up with the most user-friendly photogrammetry software that ever existed to support our MaxSHOT 3D optical coordinate measurement system. We are extremely proud to present the metrology/ quality control community with an innovative software that is very simple to operate. Featuring real-time visualization and validation of acquired data and an entirely guided step-by-step operation, it allows even those new to photogrammetry to quickly and easily generate a high accuracy positioning model of an object."

In concrete terms, using the MaxSHOT 3D with a Handyscan 3D self-positioning scanner, a MetraSCAN optical CMM 3D scanner or a HandyPROBE arm-free CMM translates into shorter measuring time on larger parts, accelerated positioning of the device around the part and higher measurement accuracy, which ultimately leads to reduced production costs and increased efficiency.

The MaxSHOT 3D will be introduced to the public at EMO metalworking tradeshow in Hanover (Germany) on September 19th, and at Quality Expo in Chicago (USA) on September 20th.

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FARO Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: FARO), the world’s leading provider of portable measurement and imaging solutions has announced that Paul Teutul Jr. (“Paul Jr.”), owner of Paul Jr. Designs and star of the Discovery Channel’s American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior, will be appearing in their booth for photos and autographs at Quality Expo. In January, Paul Junior Designs completed work on a custom, FARO-themed chopper to celebrate the company’s 30th anniversary. Teutul’s appearance comes on the heels of FARO’s feature on Discovery’s hit series and the release of the company’s newest measurement arm, the Edge.

“Paul Junior Designs is a valued FARO customer and talented motorcycle fabricator,” explained Kimberly Roman, FARO’s Director of Marketing. “It made great sense to have Paul Jr. to appear at this important show and allow attendees to take photos with him and the bike he built for us. It’s a great fit.” Quality Expo, which runs from September 20-22 at Chicago’s McCormick Place, is a bi-annual show that provides hands-on access to the newest tools and technologies to help manufacturers and engineers ensure quality and reduce costs.

FARO Technologies will be exhibiting at booth #1000. Paul Jr. will be available from 1:30pm to 3:30pm on September 21st for photos with the FARO chopper and autographs. FARO will also feature each of its innovative products at the show including the all-new FARO Laser Line Probe (LLP), which adds non-contact measurement capabilities to the company’s revolutionary Edge measurement arm. Weighing just 2.8 oz, the LLP integrates seamlessly with the FARO Edge via the device’s quick-change handle port to form the complete Edge ScanArm solution.

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Today, we have unveiled our new HandyPROBE arm-free and portable optical CMM system. In keeping with our innovation philosophy, the HandyPROBE optical probing system features the TRUaccuracy technology, which generates higher accuracy measurements of up to 22 µm (0.001 in.) and significantly increased productivity, reliability and quality compared to other coordinate measurement systems, especially in real work environments.

The new version presented today shows smoothed out and sophisticated lines. The sturdier and slimmer device also shed a little more than 0.5 kg in the process, and now offers increased reliability. These changes are part of the continuous improvement program implemented by the company to ensure that it fine tunes its technologies so as to keep the lead in portable 3D optical measurement technologies and strengthen its position of developer and manufacturer of premium quality metrology and quality control devices.

According to product director Jean-François Larue, "the gain in productivity and the outstanding measurement reliability of the HandyPROBE explain the system's sky-rocketing 118% YOY sales increase. Plus, they are definite key points in the decision of aerospace, aeronautics, automotive and nuclear industry leader companies such as the European Space Agency, EADS (Airbus), Safran, Pratt & Whitney, BMW and Honda to provide their plants with the system. It has been used on five continents for several years now to control various types of parts on production floors' harsh environments. Some of our clients have cut down their control time by 10, while others were able to reduce human error occurrences by five."

We will be premiering the redesigned HandyPROBE at the EMO metalworking show in Hannover, Germany on September 19th (Hall 5, booth F79) and at the Quality Expo show in Chicago USA on September20 (booth # 622).

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The Coordinate Metrology Society announced today their annual Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference (CMSC) 2011 attracted more than 400 professionals in the precision 3D measurement and inspection field. Manufacturers, engineers, scientists, quality control specialists, metrologists, educators, and students attended the weeklong event. The 27th gathering of the organization was held in late July at the exceptional conference facilities of the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, AZ. CMSC members are professional and novice users, service providers, and OEM manufacturers of close-tolerance industrial coordinate measurement systems, software, and peripherals.

Authoritative Source for Portable Metrology Professionals
Mr. Frank Foeller of The Boeing Company was the keynote speaker at the 2011 CMSC. The conference delivered a comprehensive program of 26 expert technical presentations delivered by CMSC members, special industry guests, and master users of portable measurement technology for quality control, quality production and precision assembly. Industry experts from more than 10 countries covered a wide spectrum of 3D industrial measurement topics and applications. The agenda included speakers from The Boeing Company, Mann+Hummel USA, Rolls-Royce North America, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, Sigma Space, Argonne National Laboratory, National Physical Laboratory (UK), University of Arizona, University of Ontario Institute of Technology and more leading companies.

CMSC Exhibition Hall Brims with Bright Ideas, New Technology
The CMSC also showcased 47 exhibitors in the sold-out Exhibition Hall, which was abundant with new product introductions, technology previews and end-to-end solutions for portable metrology requirements. Advanced workshops were also conducted including a 3D Metrology Hardware Review, a CMS Certification Committee Update, and a venue covering GD&T software as applied to 3D scan data.

After the successful Gage R&R Study in 2010, the CMS organized a new large-scale, interactive study for this year’s conference focused on measurement strategies and behaviors of coordinate metrologists. The participants used a laser tracker, portable articulating arm, and an optical system to perform a series of prescribed measurements. More than 130 attendees participated in the daily data collection activity coordinated by the National Physical Laboratory (UK) and assisted by members of the CMSC Certification Committee. The results of the two day study were presented in a fourth workshop entitled “Results of the CMS Measurement Study and Statistical Analysis”.

The CMSC agenda also included well-attended networking events including a kick-off Icebreaker, Social Hours, User Group Meetings, and the CMSC Banquet and Trivia night. New to the conference was the early morning 5 Billion Micron Fun Run/Walk which attracted over 70 participants. Many CMSC visitors also attended a tour of the Boeing Advanced Development Center for Rotorcraft in Mesa, AZ, and concluded the day with a community outreach event in support of the Mesa United Way.

New CMS Officer Slate
The Coordinate Metrology Society also elected officers for the 2011-2012 membership year. Chuck Pfeffer will serve as the 2012 CMSC Chairman, with Robb McIvor in the supporting role of Vice Chairman. Talion Edwards is the Past Chairman. Other volunteer members serving on the CMS Executive Committee are Michael Raphael, Martin Lambky, Nancy Reeves, Randy Gruver, Nick Moffitt, Rina Molari, Trevor Toman, Lisa Spoon, Jan Rode, Cali Schwartzly, Tara Mitchell, and Ulysses Green. To learn more about the Coordinate Metrology Society and the upcoming 2012 CMSC to be held in New Orleans, LA, please visit regularly, as the web site is updated throughout the year.

The Coordinate Metrology Society is a membership of users, service providers, and OEM manufacturers of close-tolerance industrial coordinate measurement systems, software, and peripherals. The society gathers each year to gain knowledge of the advancements and applications of any measurement system or software solution that produces and uses 3D coordinate data.

The Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference is an annual event sponsored by the Coordinate Metrology Society. Established in 1984, the five-day conference is held each year at a different location, and attracts visitors from around the globe.  CMSC has achieved world renown for its comprehensive program of top-shelf white papers and applications presentations given by industry experts from science/research laboratories and leading manufacturing industries. No other trade show rivals the high level of authoritative information provided by CMS members and master users of metrology instrumentation, software, and peripheral equipment for quality control, quality production, and precision assembly and metrology-aided alignment.

Available autumn 2011, Productivity+™ is a unique software solution for the integration of measurement and process control functionality into CNC machining programs. Providing significant advantages over traditional methods, Productivity+ eliminates the requirement for the manual addition of probing cycles into G-code, instead using ‘point and click' feature selection from imported solid models within an interface immediately familiar to existing CAM users.

Already the most powerful tool available for using on-machine measurement to control manufacturing processes, Productivity+ version 1.90 builds further on existing functionality and flexibility, including more features for Constructed Statements, enhanced multi-axis capability, improved reporting capability, and more Custom Macro functionality.

The constructed statements functionality within Productivity+ which allows ‘virtual' features to be created from existing measurement data, is complemented by the addition of a new constructed line element. Together these constructed statements (point, circle, plane and line), are suited complex job set-up operations.

Multi-axis capability and support for machine specific commands such as Fanuc G68.2 and Siemens CYCLE800 has been also extended in version 1.90, providing programming support for knuckle-jointed (nutating) table and 5-axis head/table machine configurations, as well as standard 3-axis machines and multi-axis machines with table/table configurations.

The powerful Productivity+ reporting functionality, which incorporates details such as feature name, type, and an optional in/out of tolerance check, has also been improved to allow reports to be produced in a consistent format for all supported controller models, simplifying analysis and comparison when using external software packages.

For users looking to create and add bespoke solutions into Productivity+ routines, version 1.90 enhances custom macro functionality, now allowing results to be used to perform machine update operations.

All of these new features build on the ability of Productivity+ to allow users to combine probing and machining, so that features can be automatically checked without the need for an external PC. An integrated logic builder enables measurements to be used as the input to process control decisions, allowing work co-ordinates, tool geometry, machine variables and rotation updates to be set automatically.

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Renishaw has added a new probe option to its revolutionary REVO® five-axis measurement system, which for the first time, allows surface finish inspection to be fully integrated within CMM measurement routines.

With a measurement capability of 6.3 to 0.05 Ra, the SFP1 surface finish probe provides a unique ‘single platform' that will eliminate the need for hand-held sensors, or the necessity to move parts to costly dedicated surface finish measuring machines, reducing labour costs and inspection lead times. CMM users will now be able to automatically switch between part scanning and surface finish measurement, with analysis all contained in a single measurement report.

High quality surface finish data
As a fully integrated option for the REVO 5-axis measurement system, users of the SFP1 surface finish probe will benefit from a range of powerful features that will boost inspection speed and flexibility.

The probe incorporates a C axis, which combined with the infinite positioning capability of the REVO measuring head and a choice of styli, allows the probe tip to be automatically orientated to any angle to suit the part, ensuring that the highest quality surface data is acquired. The SFP1 is supplied with two dedicated styli, the SFS-1 straight stylus and SFS-2 cranked stylus, which are selected under full measurement program control using the REVO system's modular rack system (MRS). This enables flexible access to component features combined with the consistency of a fully-automated CNC methodology.

A skidded probe type with a 2 µm (0.000079 in) tip radius diamond stylus, the SFP1 surface finish probe outputs Ra, RMS and raw data formats to the metrology application client software via Renishaw's UCCServer software using the I++ DME protocol. The raw data can subsequently be presented to specialist surface analysis software packages for further detailed reporting.

Automated surface finish probe calibration
Calibration of the sensor is also automated and carried out within a CMM software programme. A new surface finish calibration artefact (SFA) is mounted on the MRS rack and is measured using the SFP1 probe. Software then adjusts parameters within the probe in accordance with the artefact's calibrated value.

Find out more about Renishaw's CMM probe systems and software, including a new CMM retrofit service.

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A unique, new advanced process control gauging system has been showcased in Scotland at a leading industry event hosted by Heriot-Watt University.

The Equator™- a versatile automated gauging system – has been designed and developed by Renishaw plc, to meet the process control needs of manufacturing companies within a diverse range of industries.

Delegates at the Agile Manufacturing annual conference at Heriot-Watt University - which brought together academia and industry from around the world, to share knowledge and ideas to support business growth and diversity - were told the new system would have a significant impact on the sector.

Equator has been developed as an alternative to traditional dedicated gauging, with the ability to be pre-programmed for multiple parts and re-programmed for design changes.  The patented low-cost design, unique in construction and method of operation, is capable of high-speed comparative gauging for inspection of high-volume manufactured parts.

Professor Marc Desmulliez, Director of the Heriot-Watt University James-Watt Institute commented that "We are delighted that Renishaw has supplied an Equator system for our Advanced Metrology Laboratory. Such equipment will increase our research capability as well as increase our interaction with industry. This reflects the strength of the strategic alliance between Renishaw and our university and is testament to the excellent collaborative research links that both institutions have forged with each other over recent years.”

Dr Kevyn Jonas, a Director at Renishaw plc, was a keynote speaker at the conference and told delegates: “There is nothing like this product available on the market.”

“Equator uses the traditional principle of comparison of production parts to a reference master part, providing repeatable data that results in more efficient and effective operations,” he added.

“The Equator has been rigorously field-tested and was positively received when we launched at the Control show in Stuttgart, Germany in May.  We were therefore delighted to have the opportunity to show it for the first time in Scotland at the Agile Manufacturing conference.”

“Given the extremely positive reaction we have had to the system so far, we remain confident of the significant improvements Equator can make to companies through increased automation and flexibility and we look forward to showcasing the product's abilities further in the UK and beyond.”

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Perceptron, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRCP), a global leader in non-contact measurement and inspection solutions, today announced that the Company’s Industrial Business Unit (IBU) has named nine additional value-added resellers in North America for its ScanWorks® xyz 3D laser scanning retrofit solution.

“ScanWorks® xyz presents a unique value-proposition to the market because it allows the end-user to expand their existing equipment capability at a fraction of the cost of a new system or alternative scanning solution,” commented Mark Hoefing, Perceptron Senior Vice President. “Leveraging our value-added resellers’ knowledge, experience, and existing customer relationships is the key to successful product deployments. All of the selected resellers have established customer bases in different geographical regions and industries and will allow Perceptron to gain a competitive advantage in the 3D laser scanning retrofit market.”

ScanWorks® xyz delivers all of the components required to add non-contact laser scanning capability to manual 1-, 2- or 3-axis coordinate measuring machines (CMMs), computer numerical controls machines (CNCs) and layout machines.  While an operator sweeps a non-contact laser sensor over the part and captures a precision digital representation at a rate of 23,000 points a second, ScanWorks® xyz software tightly synchronizes the position of the machine and sensor. The end result is a highly accurate cloud of points that can be used for reverse engineering, virtual assembly, engineering analysis, feature and surface inspection or rapid prototyping.

The following companies are new value-added resellers for Perceptron’s ScanWorks® xyz:

Bobier Metrology Solutions, Flint, MI -
Canadian Measurement Metrology, Mississauga, Ont. -
CMM Specialty Services, Cleveland, OH -
Exact Metrology, Cincinnati, OH -
HS&S Inc., Santa Clara, CA –
John Blakely Company, Huntley, IL –
Measurement Solutions Group, South Glastonbury, CT -
MF Inspec, Greenville, SC –
Rapid Scanning Solutions, Seal Beach, CA -

About Perceptron®
Perceptron develops, produces, and sells non-contact measurement and inspection solutions for industrial and commercial applications.  The products from the Company’s Industrial Business Unit (IBU) provide solutions for manufacturing process control as well as sensor and software technologies for non-contact measurement and inspection applications.  Automotive and manufacturing companies throughout the world rely on Perceptron’s metrology solutions to help them manage their complex manufacturing processes to improve quality, shorten product launch times and reduce overall manufacturing costs. IBU also offers Value Added Services such as training and customer support services. Perceptron’s Commercial Products Business Unit (CBU) develops and manufactures a variety of handheld visual inspection devices and add-on accessories for professional tradesmen that are sold to and marketed through strategic partners.  Headquartered in Plymouth, Michigan, Perceptron has approximately 230 employees worldwide, with operations in the United States, Germany, France, Spain, Brazil, Japan, Singapore, China and India.

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The Coordinate Metrology Society (CMS) announced today the organization has chosen twenty-six technical white papers to be presented at its annual Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference (CMSC) from July 25 - 29, 2011, at the world class Arizona Biltmore Hotel and Spa in Phoenix, AZ. Technical paper submissions were received from metrology experts and scientists from research laboratories, universities, and leading manufacturers in the United States and Canada, Europe, and Asia.

The 2011 speaker roster is as diverse as the topics to be presented, which include aerospace and automotive metrology applications, reducing plastic injection tool tuning iterations with scanning technology, measuring cooling holes in gas turbines with computed tomography, measurement strategies in industrial robot applications, reducing engineering time for compensation of large CNC machines and other applications of photogrammetry, laser trackers, articulating arms, laser radar, 3D scanners, 3D vision systems and more.

The CMS is also pleased to announce there will be Academic Poster Presentations, a 2011 CMS Measurement Study, and valuable workshops including a 3D metrology hardware review, GD&T software as applied to 3D scan data, and an important CMS Certification Committee update. The CMSC Exhibitor Hall showcases portable measurement systems (PCMMs), software, accessories, peripherals, and service providers servicing the needs of the industrial measurement marketplace. More than thirty five exhibitors participated at last year's conference, where ideas, concepts, and theory flow freely among its participants. Conference attendees hail from prominent science/research laboratories, educational institutions, and industries such as aerospace, satellite, automotive, shipbuilding, power generation, and general engineering.

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Proto3000 has moved to a larger facility that spans up to 9,000 square feet of 3D inspiration. This new move enables the firm to provide its customers with better solutions for their 3D Engineering challenges.

The firm aims to help businesses "make sure it's right, the first time." Different industries like Automotive, Consumer Products, Toys, Medical, Dental and Marketing firms will definitely benefit from this move as it allows them to acquire improved 3D printing solutions.

Being sure about your product even, while In the early stages of the product design phase, helps all industries make sure that they cut down and diminish any unwanted errors along with the costs entailed during setbacks. Through these solutions provided by Proto3000, businesses, no matter what type of industry they are in, will definitely save a lot of time and money.

Automotive, Aerospace, Consumer Products, Medical Devices, Hearing Aids, Toys, Consumer Devices, Mobile devices and other related industries will surely benefit from the firm’s move. One of the main reasons for the said move was to showcase Proto3000's advanced 3D Laser Scanning and Measurement inspection technologies for various industries.

Proto3000 is a leading 3D Engineering Solutions firm that has been serving its clients from different industries with the best rapid prototyping, 3D Printing, 3D Laser Scanning, and Engineering Design Solutions.

The firm's employees have a high level of professionalism as well as expertise in ensuring high quality service and prioritizing professional customer service. Through the 3D Engineering solutions provided as well as their competitive pricing and quality craftsmanship, businesses can definitely achieve success.

Proto3000 boasts of a team of Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Mechanical Engineers that make use of the best 3D Engineering tools in today’s demanding world. This makes the firm stay strategic and innovative at all times. Always dedicated and highly skilled at what they are doing, Proto3000 provides the best systems for Rapid Prototyping, 3D Printing, Handheld 3D Laser Scanning Technology, and Reverse Engineering Solutions.

The firm's move to a larger facility also serves as a solution for their need to showcase the vast array of Rapid Prototyping and 3D Printer systems which allows you to bring your ideas to life. Rubber, Translucent and Digital Multi-Materials allow different industries to produce better prototypes and to successfully create a new product they can present to their consumers.

Proto3000 aims to assist business in developing their word class products through the 3D Engineering Solutions they provide. The firm takes any idea and provides expert services including extensive development and research to create the best products.

The firm's move to a new facility is a step towards of fulfillment of its vision which is to continue leading the 3D Engineering field, while also providing 3D Engineering Solutions to new markets through the use of innovative designs, technology, and people. Proto3000 also puts creativity on course to attain pioneering and unique solutions for customers. Their dedication in being innovative, augmentative, and continuously thinking how they can enhance, and increase their value by being diverse helps them stay on top.

Now conveniently located, you can now easily view a library of Reverse Engineering software in their 3D Room, the Software library available for the product designer and industrial designer in you.

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With DuraMax® RT Gear, Carl Zeiss has developed a special compact-class gear wheel horizontal-arm measuring machine. Now featuring a rotary table, it fits into any small or large workshop, is suitable for inline process control and thus close to production.

"This new feature enables users to increase their flexibility and save valuable time. They can work more efficiently and cost-aware," says Alexander Dollansky, Product Manager at Carl Zeiss Industrial metrology. A precision system turns the workpiece with the corresponding side facing the stylus. This allows the stylus system to capture, e.g. the geometry of the gear wheel in a simple process without having to repeatedly travel to a new position.

The added flexibility for users is one of the key properties of DuraMax® RT Gear: the rotary table can be freely positioned on the measuring plate and removed later in just a few steps. DuraMax® RT Gear can therefore be flexibly used as a universal measuring machine when other jobs arise. Additional features include its suitability for rough production environments, the proven and innovative ZEISS measuring software, the small footprint and the low power consumption.

DuraMax® RT Gear — for a wide range of applications
Because of its accuracy, DuraMax® RT Gear is available for a wide range of applications. The hardware needed, including stylus material and software are included. If the products being tested change, standard inspection procedures often require significant investments in the inspection equipment and accessories. DuraMax® RT Gear, on the other hand, is a CNC all-rounder that can be used directly on the shop floor. Due to its design, DuraMax® RT Gear can be ideally loaded from four sides.

DuraMax® RT Gear — software
With CAD-based CALYPSO measuring software and GEAR PRO® involute, which were specially developed to measure spur gears and are included in the base price, daily jobs in gear wheel measurement can be quickly and easily completed. Straight and slanted-tooth spur gears, interior and exterior toothing, beveloids and splines are evaluated in accordance with international or corporate standards. With the optional CALYPSO® and GEAR PRO qs-STAT out log output software, you are well equipped to evaluate processes with a comprehensive statistical evaluation of quality information relevant to production.

DuraMax® RT Gear — stylus systems
The accuracy of a gear measuring machine is decided primarily where the measured values are acquired — on the stylus system. Workpieces can only be accurately, quickly and efficiently measured in conjunction with a powerful stylus system. The flexible XXT styli were specially developed for the ZEISS VAST® XXT scanning stylus system on DuraMax® RT Gear.

DuraMax® stands for durability and robustness, withstands rough environments and demonstrates high stability over a broad temperature range. Within a temperature range of 18-30°C, DuraMax® RT Gear is clearly superior to the available solutions in this class.

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Prrrfect Technologies LLC has chosen the CONTROL 2011 exposition, held May 3–6 in Stuttgart, Germany, to launch its portable direct computer controlled coordinate measuring machine (DCC CMM) specifically designed to support production operations such as precision machining and toolmaking.

The innovative zCAT will be exhibited along with Kreon Technologies’ 3-D scanning solutions.

zCAT, which is battery powered, is targeted at shop-floor measurement, a rapidly growing segment of the dimensional measurement and inspection market. “The zCAT is an alternative to portable arms, on-the-machine touch probing, and more cumbersome stationary CMMs that require electrical and pneumatic connections,” says Hank Kraus, president and CEO of Prrrfect.

“This entry-level machine is so intuitive to operate it needs no joystick for positioning,” says Kraus. “Accuracy specified to industry standards is 8 microns in the measurement volume.”

A four-axis machine, zCAT is priced at just $25,000. That includes Prrrfect’s own embedded ControlCAT metrology software and an I++ interface that will work with most metrology software.

The CMM is just entering production at the company’s operations in Carlsbad, California. “One reason we are exhibiting at CONTROL 2011 is to find strategic business partners and distributors,” Kraus says.

zCAT compares favorably with the new Equator product from market leader Renishaw plc. “Like the Equator, we see the zCAT as an integrated component of the manufacturing process,” Kraus adds. “We believe that our system’s absolute-versus-relative measuring capability, temperature compensation, easy I++ interfacing, wi-fi connections, and total portability will be appreciated by our manufacturing customers.”

Both Equator and zCAT are solidly aligned with the dimensional measurement industry’s fundamental trend—moving inspection close to the work and keeping it there. “Ideally in manufacturing, inspection is part of the production process, done on the factory floor, as close to on line as possible, not off line in an isolated, temperature-controlled quality assurance lab,” says Kraus.

Most significant shop-floor measurement innovations developed in recent years have been either portable, manual measuring arms or probing systems built into CNC machine tools—also known as on-machine verification or OMV. The zCAT advances the technology of portable measuring arms by automating repetitive part measurement with significantly better accuracy.

Further, zCAT improves on OMV by providing a DMIS-enabled solution and offering an independent validation of machine tool measurements. zCAT comes with a five-hour lithium-ion battery so it needs no electrical connection—no cables to stumble over; and zCAT doesn’t use air bearings, so no air hoses underfoot.

Three years in development, zCAT is the latest in a long line of portable CMM technology triumphs by Homer Eaton. He is considered the father of the articulated-arm CMM and is best known for the ROMER line of CMMs now sold worldwide by Hexagon Metrology. The zCAT is Eaton’s smallest CMM, weighing only 12 kg (29 lbs), battery included.

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As of now AICONs optical measuring system MoveInspect HR will be delivered with a direct interface to Delcam’s analysis software PowerINSPECT.

MoveInspect HR is a portable coordinate measurement machine, consisting of high-resolution digital cameras and the hand-operated MI.Probe. The data are collected by sampling defined measuring points with the probe. In doing so, the system even measures hidden points fast and precisely. In contrast to articulated arms, MoveInspect HR allows for total freedom of movement around the measuring object as there is no mechanic limitation. The only requirement is a line of sight between the probe and the camera system. Therefore MoveInspect HR offers a wide field of application, from the geometric inspection of small handy components to the measurement of entire wind turbine rotor blades.

The direct connection of MoveInspect HR to PowerINSPECT offers a great advantage: Before the beginning of data collection a measurement plan can be created in the analysis software, which prescribes the measurement procedure in a detailed way. Thus even inexperienced users will be guided through the measuring-process smoothly. During data collection, the MI.Probe acts as a central control unit: By pressing different buttons on the probe, the measuring process will either be started or undone, or the completion of a measuring process is signalized to the software. That makes the handling extremely easy.

Following to data collection, various analyses can be run in the PowerINSPECT software, for example the comparison of the collected data with all major CAD formats. PowerINSPECT is able to manage alignment and positioning tasks as well. The software creates user-defined test reports including graphical presentations of the results and highlighted deviations.

“It’s absolutely necessary that the analysis of measuring data can be done in a fast and comfortable way. We are happy that our customers now profit from the new interface to PowerINSPECT next to the already existing plug-in to the software PolyWorks/Inspector.” explains Dr.-Ing. Carl-Thomas Schneider, managing director of AICON 3D Systems. “That means: Everyone, who is already using PowerINSPECT in his company, doesn’t have to purchase new analysis software to work with our measuring system. This avoids both acquisition and training costs. Since our cooperation with Innovmetric, producer of the PolyWorks software, we’ve already received a lot of positive feedback from our customers. We expect the same for PowerINSPECT.”

At the Control show in Stuttgart / Germany, both AICON and Delcam will be present with a booth: AICON will showcase the measuring system MoveInspect HR in the context of hourly live-demos in hall 5 (stand 5206), Delcam will demonstrate their software solutions in hall 3 (stand 3514).

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FARO Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: FARO), the world’s leading provider of portable measurement and imaging solutions, introduces the FARO Edge and Laser Line Probe, the most advanced, state-of-the-art FaroArm system ever produced.

The FARO Edge is a portable measurement arm that allows manufacturers to easily verify their product quality by performing inspections, tool certifications, CAD-to-part analysis, and reverse engineering via hard probing and non-contact laser scanning.

The latest generation of the FaroArm product line continues to eclipse competitive models in every category. The Edge improves production, quality, and reverse engineering processes by rapidly verifying or scanning parts with confidence and accuracy. The new Arm also simplifies the user experience with improved performance, portability and reliability.

“The FARO Edge was designed with our customers’ input and built with our experience,” stated Jay Freeland, FARO’s President & Chief Executive Officer. “It offers unparalleled simplicity for the user while maintaining all the existing benefits of a FaroArm and demonstrates our continued leadership in this space through innovative and disruptive technology.”

The all new Edge features the first ever integrated personal measurement assistant.  With its built-in touchscreen and on-board operating system, the Edge revolutionizes portable metrology by providing stand-alone basic measurement capability.  A laptop is no longer needed to perform quick and simple dimensional checks, or to optimize system performance with it’s on board diagnostic routines.

Available in three popular working volumes and 7-axis configuration, the Edge is the perfect fit for any portable measurement application, eliminating the guess work of which length is right for the job. Seven axis of rotation ensures you always get the most flexibility out of your device.

Additional industry-leading areas of improvement and capability include:

* Enhanced Connectivity – Bluetooth, WiFi, USB, and Ethernet ready.  Multiple device management through networking.
* Smart Sensor Technology – Improved sensors warn against excessive external loads, correct for thermal variations, and detect possible setup problems.
* Ergonomics – Improved weight distribution and balance for reduced strain and ease-of-use. Patented internal counterbalancing providing comfortable, stress-free use.
* Multi-Function Handle Port – Seamless and interchangeable accessory integration. Quick-change handle. Expandable capability.

The all new FARO Laser Line Probe provides unparalleled non-contact measurement capabilities. Its wider laser stripe significantly increases scan coverage without sacrificing accuracy, while variable capture rates can produce over 45,000 points per second for exceptional speed and feature definition.

Taking advantage of the Edge’s multi-function, quick-change handle port, the Laser Line Probe integrates seamlessly and instantly becomes part of the arm. Lighter weight, amazingly compact and completely unobtrusive, it delivers the best performance at the lowest price in the industry for a handheld laser scanning system.

“Everything about the Edge was designed from the ground up to boost productivity and deliver the best performance in a portable arm CMM,” said Orlando Perez, Product Manager - FaroArm. “As the first ever smart measurement arm with built-in apps, the FARO Edge changes absolutely everything.”

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The successful O-INSPECT multisensor measuring machine from Carl Zeiss allows the very easy, very accurate and thus very efficient inspection of complex parts. It can be used in the electronics and plastics industries, for medical and automotive technology, and precision engineering. A chromatic white light sensor is now available for O-INSPECT.

Sensor increases effectiveness

The white light sensor enables the measurement of parts that cannot be captured with a contact sensor or a camera. This includes very small and sensitive workpieces that feature a transparent, glossy or low-contrast surface. Reflections or lack of contrast, which can impede the correct focusing of a camera, will no longer be a relevant factor. With the addition of a chromatic white light sensor to O-INSPECT, even workpieces such as these can be measured with maximum precision. “Carl Zeiss thus closes the final gap in the O-INSPECT measuring range,” says Dr. Dietrich Imkamp, who is in charge of visual systems at Carl Zeiss in Oberkochen.

How the new method works

The workpiece is illuminated with bundled white light. Special optics with chromatic aberrations in the probe split the light into its spectral colors. A spectrometer analyzes the reflected light and determines which color has the highest intensity. The measuring machine can determine the distance from the sensor to the surface using the spectral color – and derives the exact topography of the part from this information.

The results are displayed using CAD-based CALYPSO measuring software. It enables extensive size, form and position measurements with systematic user guidance and makes deviations visible and quantifiable. Furthermore, O-INSPECT features an additional light source on the contact scanning sensor that can be turned on to illuminate the measuring field when the machine is reprogrammed. With this enhancement to O-INSPECT from Carl Zeiss, not only its range of use improves, but also its user friendliness.

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In the highly competitive field of producing optical products and molds for light-emitting diodes (LED), Taiwan’s Hong Yang Precision Industry Co., Ltd relies on GF AgieCharmilles’ award-winning Intelligent Tool Measurement (ITM) system to achieve and maintain tool accuracy.

Established 30 years ago as a mold company, Hong Yang has factories in both Taiwan and China, with the Taiwan facility primarily producing die products for LED and precision opticals.

GF AgieCharmilles’ milling and EDM technologies are important factors in the company’s success, says Ching Xu, mold and die department chief at Hong Yang. He also says that GF AgieCharmilles’ ITM system helps make it possible for Hong Yang to live its vision of innovation and progress.

Hong Yang’s assortment of GF AgieCharmilles machines includes a Mikron HSM 400 LP Precision high-speed milling center, which was conceived specifically for high-precision applications. Additionally, the machine is equipped with ITM, which allows the best possible machining repeatability.

“We chose GF AgieCharmilles ITM because it uses optics to measure, guaranteeing more accurate measurement,” says Mr. Xu. “In our process, we work about 16 hours per day and we are always using ITM to measure and check our cutting tools.”

Hong Yang is so confident in ITM’s results that it is the company’s only means of tool measurement.

“We do not measure our tools on a measuring machine before we put them in the tool changer,” says Mr. Xu. “We measure out tools directly by ITM. The operation guidance is helpful because we sometimes recheck the settings data with the operation guidance.”

Stanley Lee, milling application engineer with Agie Charmilles Taiwan Ltd, says that enabling its partners’ ability to meet and even exceed their customers’ expectations for precision was at the heart of ITM’s development.

“Our ITM system is unique worldwide and a true leap forward for tool measurement,” says Mr. Lee. “Tool accuracy has always been extremely important to manufacturers of complex, intricate and highly precise parts, but to a large degree, accuracy was limited to the accuracy of available measuring equipment. For example, traditional measuring technologies, such as the laser, are prone to pollution and this can lead to inaccurate measurement results. ITM guarantees accuracy by using optical tool measurement at full spindle speed.”

Available on GF AgieCharmilles’ range of high-speed milling machines, ITM does not just measure a single point, but optically inspects the whole tool contour. The detection of the effective contour is then compared to the nominal outline by ITM. Using that data, the system is able to locate pollution, such as chips and drops of coolant, and to digitally clean the tool before the measurement is made. When equipped with ITM, the Mikron HSM 400 LP Precision provides incomparably accurate measurement of the tool’s geometry and typically offers an absolute Z-reference and tool radius below the range of +/- 1 micron.

“Since its introduction, the ITM Smart Machine Module has offered many of our customers new levels of precision,” says Mr. Lee. He adds that ITM was the top winner at the Prodex Innovation Awards in 2010.

For the 1,200 employees at Hong Yang, excellence comes down to the tiniest details. GF AgieCharmilles’ ITM system meets their customers’ most challenging requests.

“In the production of dies for LED, poor measurement of the tool surface means the die cannot be used, because it doesn’t fit,” says Mr. Xu. “We have found that dies produced with GF AgieCharmilles’ technology are of the highest accuracy and quality.”

Accoridng to Mr. Xu, in an increasingly competitive marketplace, high accuracy and quality are not negotiable.

“GF AgieCharmilles’ Swissness means, to us, high precision and high quality,” says Mr. Zu. “GF AgieCharmilles is always here for us with ongoing services and application support.”

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