Future of automated QC

Author Robert Weinstein
August 01,2018 - 11:30am

Related Glossary Terms

  • calibration


    Checking measuring instruments and devices against a master set to ensure that, over time, they have remained dimensionally stable and nominally accurate.

  • metrology


    Science of measurement; the principles on which precision machining, quality control and inspection are based. See precision machining, measurement.

Take one company’s leadership in software that provides advanced 3D measurement programming and inspection. Then take a second company’s leadership in robot-based, 3D automated dimensional inspection. Combine the two, and you get the future of automated QC.

In this case, the software is provided via the Metrolog X4 i-Robot packages from Metrologic Group, a developer of 3D metrology software. The software is integrated with the CUBE-R from Creaform Inc., which manufactures 3D portable measurement equipment.

The CUBE-R provides a flexible plug-and-play alternative to CMMs. Image courtesy of Creaform

The CUBE-R is ideal for manufacturers that want to conduct automated QC on the shop floor, according to Stéphane Auclair, division vice president for marketing and product management at Creaform-AMETEK. A central element of the CUBE-R is the MetraSCAN 3D-R, a powerful metrology scanner mounted to a robot.

In turn, Metrologic’s software guides the MetraSCAN 3D-R, determining the most efficient positioning of the sensor and identifying the best trajectories for the robot.

The joining of the software, sensors and robot enables the CUBE-R to provide both speed and volumetric accuracy. This leads to a sizable increase in productivity, Auclair said, especially when dimensionally measuring parts from 1m to 3m long.

Bertrand Gili, president of Metrologic Group, listed a number of benefits resulting from the integrated technologies. Among them are multitasking capability, efficient 3D measurement, automatic field calibration, minimum operator training, a complete turnkey solution and a smaller factory footprint.

The CUBE-R can inspect several hundred parts per day. Data is continuously gathered and analyzed at the same time. The software can handle the large point clouds generated by 3D scanning. As a plug-and-play alternative to coordinate measuring machines, the CUBE-R requires a space of only 4.1m × 4.1m × 3.1m.

Furthermore, because the Metrolog X4 i-Robot and Silma X4 i-Robot software suites provide the calculations needed to guide the scanner and generate accessible reports, they enable the CUBE-R to be easily operated by nonspecialists, Gili said.

For more information about Metrologic Group, Meylan, France, visit www.metrologicgroup.com or call (248) 504-6200. For more information about Creaform Inc., Lévis, Quebec, visit www.creaform3d.com or call (888) 381-0039.