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PRECISE MEASUREMENT TECHNOLOGY FOR COMPLEX COMPONENTS

Quality assurance is a particular challenge in the production of complex components with demanding geometric, deep drawn shapes. Today, conventional, tactile measuring methods are still predominantly used to check geometric dimensions such as component dimensions, shape and position.

However, the trend in the manufacturing industry – especially with complex component geometry – is increasingly towards non-contact measuring techniques. These already enable the highest measurement precision on the basis of the latest laser technology. At the same time, the user is able to compare the measured geometry directly in the production environment with the “digital twin” of the component and reliably identify deviations.

Hand scanning a metal sheet
Scanning process with the T-Scan by ZEISS

Close-to-production inspection thanks to mobile measuring devices

Mobile laser measuring devices such as the T-SCAN from the leading measurement technology specialist Zeiss allow users to continuously and precisely check components for deviations from the CAD model. This makes the entire quality control process much more efficient and establishes short paths for intermediate inspections. Manufacturing companies have the possibility to detect deviations at an early stage and to react quickly. The result: high-precision components with short production times and the highest quality standards.

The application spectrum of non-contact laser technology extends beyond quality control and inspection of components: mobile measuring devices can also show their advantages in tool and mould making, for example in tool reconstruction, in the generation of milling paths or in the recording of complex component dynamics. Furthermore, laser technology has also established itself in product development, for example in scanning design models for further CAD processing or in recording reference geometries.

 

Step by step to the 3d model

The example of the transfer system for ventilation grilles at Solvaro shows how flexibility and speed can be ideally combined. The system, which was individually designed for Solvaro, transports ventilation grilles for several forming operations through the machine in time with the press.

But even before the first forming, the work of the system begins: it takes the sheets to be processed from the stack. It sounds simple, but it is not. In comparable machines, such a step is usually done with suction cups, but in this case a suction cup cannot adhere through the holes, so a magnet takes over this task. What is difficult here is that really only one sheet is taken, because the perforations make them adhere strongly to each other. This is also checked automatically. Then the sheet metal is transported into the machine on a roller conveyor and perfectly aligned there. Magnets and grippers transport the component from station to station. At the end, it travels on a device for testing and packaging.

CONCLUSION

Non-contact measuring techniques, particularly mobile laser measuring devices like the T-SCAN from Zeiss, are becoming increasingly popular in the manufacturing industry. These devices allow for precise and continuous checking of components for deviations from the CAD model, making the quality control process more efficient and allowing manufacturing companies to detect deviations early on. Furthermore, non-contact laser technology can also be applied in tool and mold making, product development, and recording complex component dynamics. The example of the transfer system for ventilation grilles at Solvaro demonstrates how flexibility and speed can be combined to produce high-precision components with short production times and the highest quality standards.

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Bence Osvald

Bence Osvald
SOLVARO Kft, Project Leader and Application Engineering Specialist
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