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At the EMO show, Alicona presented its new cobot system, combining collaborative robots with high resolution optical 3D measuring sensors. The latest introduction is the new Compact-Cobot. a universal solution to verify surface state and dimensional accuracy, even for large components. Alicona cobots combine collaborative robots and robust optical 3D measuring sensors, delivering traceable and repeatable measurements in high resolution. The measuring sensor is mounted onto a mobile robot platform and can be positioned as needed, even for on-machine measurement of components. This is made possible by intuitive hand guided controls for the teach-in of measurement routine, automatic measurement evaluation, and an enclosure-free safety concept. As a result, cobots are ideal for verifying surface state and dimensional accuracy of work pieces in existing production environments. Cobots require no prior metrology knowledge and make handling, programming, and executing measurement routines easy. Using connected automation software, measurements can be defined at several positions by an administrator, and the operator simply needs to press a button to start the programme. Control and measurement are fully automated, and upon completion the worker receives a measurement report with OK or not OK details. Surface state and dimensional accuracy is automatically verified, a measurement report provides ok/not ok details. In addition, an optional CAD-CAM connection allows the definition of measurements points, measurement directions etc. directly in the corresponding CAD file of the component, the “digital twin” of the respective work piece. A simulation provides a preview of the measurement process to be carried out, supporting a safe and secure measurement planning. The virtual operation of the Alicona measurement system comprises the entire handling, from the positioning of a component through to the determination of the measurement area in 3D. The possibility to operate with a digital twin, allows manufacturers to integrate measurement technology at the design phase.

Incorporating blue laser technology, an ultra-fast frame rate, specially developed optics and the ability to measure the most challenging materials, ModelMaker H120 is the next generation of portable laser scanner from Nikon Metrology.

At the EMO machine tool exhibition in September Renishaw showed its metrology and additive manufacturing systems on two stands. On its main stand the company focused on showing how companies can exploit the full benefits of Industry 4.0 by integrating its latest measurement technologies within a manufacturing process.

Phillips Precision has launched the latest addition to its LEAN Inspection Arsenal product line – a modular tower system for CMM inspection.

Manchester Metrology is now an official reseller of the CyberOptics CyberGage 360 – an ultra-fast metrology-grade, one-button, automated 3D scanning and inspection system.

The new FARO QuantumM completes the next generation of the FaroArm portfolio, following the launch of the QuantumS arm in August. The QuantumM includes the same functionality with an accuracy specification that makes it a mid-market alternative for applications that do not require the high-performance specifications of the QuantumS.

The new Bluehill Universal software for Instron machines aims to bring enhanced functionality and improved workflows. Built from the ground-up for touch interaction, Bluehill Universal features a portrait layout with visual design while giving a comprehensive view of the test workspace on a large-format touch monitor.

Linde Gases has launched a measuring and analysis unit which will enable metal additive manufacturers to analyse and control more precisely the level of oxygen and humidity within the printer chamber.

RIFTEK, represented exclusively in the UK & Ireland by Ixthus Instrumentation, recently designed and suppled a customised scanning system that automatically measures and records geometric parameters for welded cylindrical laminated foil tubes.

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence has released a new camera-based portable coordinate measuring machine (CMM) for highly precise shop-floor measurements. The AICON MoveInspect XR8 detects geometric conditions and changes in three dimensions to deliver highly-accurate measurement data.

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