The entire inspection process, including scanning, analyzing, and reporting is completely automated within minutes. Saving businesses time and significantly increasing productivity.
A robot’s position, scanner exposure settings, and rotary table positions can all be configured simultaneously within Streamline. The user-friendly interface provides the operator the ability to set up the automated system in a simple way, allowing mass deployment across a variety of product families.
Instant, visual feedback from the sensor during programming allows the user to optimize robot paths and scanner exposure settings. Streamline can also be integrated with back-end processes such as an enterprise database, Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), and Quality Management Systems (QMS). Advanced integration allows machining applications such as CNC post-processing to correct a defective part.
“Universal Metrology Automation ® is for anyone doing discrete manufacturing for example castings, forgings, plastics, and machined parts. These large segments lend themselves to this type of technology. Complex manufacturing is a good fit“, Khanna said.
A variety of quality control solutions are being used by businesses today, which can create risk.
“Manufacturers started to use 3D scanners over the last 10 years or so however they don’t have measurement tools to go with the scanners. It’s not a complete solution.
“In recent years we’ve also seen businesses try to automate metrology, and it takes a long time - anywhere from six months to one year or more to implement - and this length of time can negatively impact a business. Our scanners and software can be implemented and up and running in as little as one week”, he said.
Many manufacturers are using hand tools like calipers, tape measures, or height gages for measurement, which cause problems with consistency.
“A big challenge for manufacturers is repeatability. When there are operators working in the morning and there is a change of shift in the evening, the output can be quite different,” explains the 3D Infotech President.
“With traditional measuring tools, you only measure what you touch which works out to be under 10 percent of the product so problems can go through the quality assurance process and be completely missed. Our technology measures up to 100 percent of the product repeatably.”
With anything in life, you must take the first step.
“One way we allow customers to experience Universal Metrology Automation ® is by conducting a collaborative engineering study or pilot project which allows us to validate what we’re saying will work for their business. This allows the customer to see the value and opportunities this type of technology will bring to their business.
These are some of the benefits of Universal Metrology Automation ®:
- Turn-key package
- User-friendly interface
- Reduced inspection cycle times
- Automated Reporting
- Statistical Process Control (SPC)
- Enterprise-wide integration