Incorporating Scanning Technology and Robotics

As factories get “smarter”, measurement is playing an even more essential role in speeding up operations without losing the accuracy and rigour that many final products are required to exhibit.

A major focus for factory measurement or metrology is to move from the status quo of machining parts in batches and relying on “tailgate measurement” verification on a co-ordinate measurement machine (CMM), towards a system where the measurement is fully embedded in the manufacturing process. Every part is measured in-process, in real-time and companies achieve 100% verification of parts rather than a sample rate.

Future smart factories will aim for speed, accuracy, operational flexibility, and the reduction of waste to near-zero carbon operations. “Right first time every time” fabrication of bespoke products in volume is the objective. To achieve this, factories need embedded or in-line metrology.