For years, industry experts have been predicting that greater automation and machine-to-machine communication are going to have a seismic impact on the manufacturing sector. This fourth industrial revolution, often referred to as “Industry 4.0” will bring with it major changes and new challenges to manufacturing business across North America and around the world.
Many of these changes are already being seen in the world of metrology. Coordinate measuring machines (CMMs), which have long been at the forefront of providing quality control, are being empowered through new software developments to play an even more active role in monitoring and identifying problems throughout the production line. If you want to stay ahead of the competition and ensure your production line provides the most responsive quality control possible, read about the latest CMM developments and the newest metrology software to discover how more sophisticated CMM systems can catch errors earlier in the production process.
PC-DMIS Planner is making paperless inspection a reality by bringing product design and inspection into a unified package. Planner uses the same CAD model used in production for inspection purposes, and by electronically flagging it, allows CMMs to automatically create inspection programs based on the CAD model.
Not only does this make the inspection process more streamlined, it drastically reduces the chances of erroneous data entry. Because the production line and the CMM are working off of the same electronic model, if the model needs to be updated the changes will automatically transfer, which eliminates the possibility for mistakes caused by CMM routines incorrectly flagging mistakes based on old models.
Polyworks Inspector is one of the leading industrial metrology software options for diagnosing and preventing issues with manufacturing. Inspector leverages high-density point clouds and datasets of digitized prototype parts to identify production errors in finished pieces using contactless point cloud digitizers and tactile probes.
With the help of Inspector, not only can CMMs find deformities caused by errors earlier in the production process, they can also monitor the wear and tear on tools through high-level inspection of assembled products to quickly detect degradations in quality that may be caused by worn down or broken production machinery.
PC-DMIS Reshaper Laser Scanner Software
Reshaper is a powerful point cloud meshing software that allows users to collect 3D data for parts or products for which there is no part drawing or CAD model. Reshaper runs on laser scanners like ROMER Absolute Arms, and can gather thousands of points per second and show you exactly what data you are gathering as you scan, which allows you to quickly create a 3D point cloud that can be meshed with other point clouds to produce an accurate picture of how the part compares to the blueprint.
The 21st century has proven to be a time of almost unprecedented technological change, and nowhere has the impact been felt more powerfully than in the manufacturing sector. With increased automation ushering in fundamental changes to how the industry operates and the Internet of Things allowing previously unimaginable manufacturing systems integration, new possibilities are being realized every day.
If you want your business to reap the benefits of these seismic changes, it is important to stay abreast of the latest developments in metrology and related fields.