It is a common misconception that accurate measurement results on the factory shop floor are impossible to achieve because of harsh environmental conditions in production, such as vibration and dirt or vast temperature range. However, by using the correct specialized, shop-floor hardened coordinate measuring machines (CMMs), measurement accuracy is ensured, even in the production environment. Furthermore, automated inspection is possible right at the point of production, making it ideal for lean manufacturing and cellular layouts.
Let’s dig into what Hexagon Metrology is creating in this field. Our new generations of Hexagon Metrology machines and software were developed with inspiration from more than 15 years of shop floor machine production experience, as well as the thousands of units in the field worldwide. A few examples of this are:
• Portable devices, such as portable measuring arms and laser trackers, which are ideal for shop floor environments. The ROMER portable measuring arm ensures the ultimate in portability – making it ideal for inspection, measurement or reverse engineering wherever needed. And, the completely sealed IP54 certified Leica Absolute Tracker AT401 can be installed in the most unforgiving environments.
• The Leitz SIRIO robot, which is designed for fast inspection within a harsh production environment. With its high throughput rating, the Sirio 3D Measuring Machine facilitates process control in production lines. Complex work pieces such as engine blocks or gear boxes can be accurately inspected and evaluated.
• The brand new 4.5.4 SF, which excels in tough shop-floor conditions. It is designed from the ground up to surpass the demanding requirements of shop floor users. This rugged CMM is ideal for machine shops and manufacturing cells – featuring advanced thermal compensation, covered ways, built-in vibration resistance and shop-hardened design. Its compact footprint and roll-around stand, specifically designed to fit through a standard door, lets you easily move the SF series anywhere in the shop where precise dimensional inspection is required.
When choosing a shop for CMM, my advice is to always look for the following:
• Accuracy and Speed
• Ease of use
Stay tuned for more updates in innovations from Hexagon Metrology. For more information, visit our website.