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.      

How to Gain Productivity in the Destructive Testing of Welds

By cutting through boron steel and associated welds, the new class of impact hammers and chisels cuts tear down cycle times up to 75 percent and reduces repetitive stress injuries over 50 percent.
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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

Replacing Tactile Probing with Laser Scanners

A close-up of one of the XC65Dx-LS laser scanners being used on a continuous wrist CW43 interface. Incorporating three lasers in a cross pattern, the XC65Dx-LS captures full 3D details of features and surfaces in a single scan.
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.
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

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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

Software Automates Quality Inspection

Verisurf AUTOMATE is graphical object oriented sequencing and CMM probe path generation software that quickly and easily creates automated inspection plans, executes them and generates reports.
Verisurf X8 makes CMMs, portable CMMs, and 3D scanners more productive for automated inspection, guided assembly, and reverse engineering.

Compact Manual Balancing Systems

The CNC interface on the dedicated control and the magnetic mounting are unique features SB-2000-P (shown here). The SB-2000 includes a dedicated CNC/PLC interface to alert the machine when vibration exceeds specified limits so that personnel may intervene to rebalance the machine.
The SB-2000 and the portable SB-2000-P from Schmitt Industries provide exceptional balancing accuracy to within 0.02 µ displacement in a spindle speed range of 30 to 100,000 rpm.

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.