Measurement & Inspection

Manual and automated analog and digital gages, instruments, scales, tests and other devices, integrated systems and techniques used to report, record, and manage the data of precise physical dimensions, weight, temperature, pressure, current, voltage or other process value being generated from the forming, fabricating, welding or cutting of material.      

Replacing Tactile Probing with Laser Scanners

This technical assessment explains how the new inspection methods for diagnostic measurement of sheet metal components and body-in-white assemblies at this Turkish automotive manufacturer involves cross scanners being used on coordinate measuring machines.
Experts
Ballbar Systems

Machine Tool Metrology Provides Traceability of Critical Oil/Gas Components

FMC Technologies uses Renishaw RMP60 touch probes on most of its machine tools, including two Okuma Space Center MA-600HB horizontal boring machines
Renishaw machine tool probes and calibration products check and verify the dimensional accuracy of the company's CNC machine tools. The resulting data are stored for quick retrieval and easy access using Renishaw’s CNC Reporter software.
Coordinate Measuring Machines

LDI Distributes Tomelleri CMMs in North America through Regional Resellers

At the other extreme is the 5-axis Space MICRON arm, with a very small range with ultra high accuracy (4 micron+L/50 mm, 250 mm range) that approaches stationary CMMs. The MICRON is ideal for measuring small parts with precise tolerances. It is an articulated measurement arm with a revolutionary design and axis configuration that allows inspection of parts with great accuracy and accessibility, more quickly than any other stationary or portable CMM.(Click on photo to enlarge it)
Laser DesignTomelleri Engineering line of Space Arm® articulated-arm CMMs.
Laser Scanners

How Things Are Measured Today

A former hurdle with laser scanning was difficulty scanning highly reflective surfaces. This would necessitate spraying the object with a matte spray coating to eliminate obtaining reflective data and other extraneous noise. Modern laser scanners feature automatic real-time adjustment of sensor settings for each individual point along the laser stripe, effectively handling highly reflective surfaces or those with varying colors.(Click on photo to enlarge it)
Laser Scanning Innovation: Alex Lucas of Nikon Metrology explores how retrofitting CMMs or articulated arms with new laser scanners is one affordable option among many that shops are considering.
Non-Destructive Testing

Emerging Trends in Nondestructive Testing

This review covers equipment such as the MAXIMA™ ML-3500 Series ultraviolet lamps from Spectronics that allow NDT inspectors to see the smallest surface defects, hydrocarbon contamination and other flaws that escape less powerful lamps,
This review of some new products shows how advanced technologies are bringing flexibility and a wider range of applications to NDT inspection booths, pre-inspections and screening applications used in shops.
Other Gages and Gaging Equipment

Laser Encoders Deliver Part-Per-Million Accuracy in Composite Machining

The Composites Machining Center achieves repeatability of 0.0381 mm (0.0015 in) on its long X-axis using HS10 and HS20 laser encoders for position feedback.
Laser encoders from Renishaw deliver part-per-million accuracy during week-long machining cycles on 40 meter long composite wing skins being built by Flow Corporation. 
Software

Taking Off Safely

Jan Horn of Lufthansa Technik (left), Ulrich Rienks of CAMTECH/Edgecam (center), and Julian Lüdecke of ZOLLER. 
By linking CAM software into an advanced tool presetting system, this airline manufacturing unit efficiently manages a large tooling database and machining simulation on highly complex aircraft parts to quickly respond to market changes.
Surface Roughness/Finish

Prerequisites for High Surface Quality

The gigantic stainless steel Cloud Gate sculpture by the artist Anish Kapoor that is located in Chicago’s Millennium Park was polished by 24 specialists for several months as the final step. The sculpture weighs over 99 metric tons and has a seamless 10 m x 20 m x 13 m surface that mirrors the Chicago skyline.
The flawless surfaces required in mold making demand large cutting volumes during the roughing sequence, but a perfectly finished surface at the end. This analysis from Heidenhain examines how, along with high quality machine tool mechanics and control performance, the optimal milling result necessary to do this depends heavily on the measuring technology.
Measurement & Inspection: Products

Advanced Monitoring of Complex Machining Operations

The flexible interface of the Artis CTM V6 integrates within many environments for comprehensive protection of tools and machines; process optimization; lowering of unit costs by reducing the number of rejects; perfect adjustment even in the case of complex processes; and seamlessly documented component quality.
The new generation Artis CTM V6 system from Marposs monitors the machine tool, tooling, coolant flow and related process operations to safeguard and enhance complex machining applications, such as gear hobbing, deep hole drilling and more.

IMTS 2014: Quality Assurance

Booth E-5519: When used for gear grinding, the G25 gauging probe from Marposs identifies the part location and tooth spacing for purposes of aligning the part with the grinding wheel prior to grinding. The same device is then used to scan the profile of the finished part in a continuous cycle. The new gauging probe has excellent measurement stability at high speeds, enabling a significant reduction in inspection time compared to using a touch probe. 
Here you’ll find the metrology equipment and systems to keep your processes on track and find absolute confidence and security in the quality of your output with equipment that will check the accuracy of your machines – an important step in protecting your investments.

Parts, Cameras, Scan!

No preparation or complicated setup is required to operate the Go!SCAN 20 from Creaform. The scanner, which is ideal for delivering maximum resolution on smaller objects with intricate details, is up-and-running in less than two minutes.
Unprecedented speed, accuracy and ease-of use, combined with the fastest paths ever from art to part, make it tough for progressive shops to ignore an investment in 3D scanning. 
Events Calendar
September 15 - 17, 2014
San Diego Convention Center -- San Deigo, CA
September 15 - 17, 2014
Guangzhou International Mould & Die Exhibition, China Import and Export Fair Complex -- Guangzhou, China
September 16 - 18, 2014
Houston, TX
September 17, 2014, 10:30am - 11:30am
Webinar Hosted by Burr Oak Tool, Sturgis, MI
September 17 - 18, 2014
John S. Knight Center -- Akron, OH