Test & Inspection / Quality Exclusives

Quad State Uses ShapeGrabber to Improve Measurement Accuracy, Efficiency

June 25, 2014
/ Print / Reprints /
/ Text Size+

Founded in 1995, Iowa’s Quad State Gauging & Measurement, Inc. is an industry leader in gauge design and build, part inspection, calibrations and reverse engineering. Manufacturers in the agriculture, automotive and medical industries regularly turn to Quad State for its accurate, high quality calibration, testing and inspection services.

Improving Inspection

In recent years, the company began to see a steady increase in the number of complex and multi-component parts it was asked to inspect on behalf of customers.

“We reached a point where we needed to scan a large number of two-part or three-part lots and we wanted to automate that process as much as possible,” explains Matt Mentzer, President at Quad State Gauging and Measurement, Inc.

The company’s existing inspection tools, which included coordinate measuring machines (CMMs), required significant human involvement and time. Quad State wished to complement its traditional tools with an automated solution that would speed and improve the accuracy of its measurements of complex-shaped parts.


Automated 3D Laser Scanning

To augment its part inspection and reverse engineering services to customers across the world, Quad State began using an automated ShapeGrabber Ai810 3D laser scanner. ShapeGrabber’s Ai810 3D scanner is ideal for complex shaped parts where speed, complete coverage and ease-of-use are important. It can accommodate parts as small as a dime and as large as a small refrigerator.

Thanks to the automated, non-contact laser scanner, Quad State is able to measure every feature of an object, compare it directly to its CAD model, or even create a 3D model from the scan data if none is available.

“For the past 13 years, our company has partnered with ShapeGrabber to provide on-site scanner calibration services. Now, with an in-house automated 3D laser scanner, we’re able to reduce the time and labor associated with several repetitive measuring projects and deliver faster results to our clients,” says Mentzer.

By speeding inspection time and greatly enhancing part coverage, the Ai810 is helping Quad State customers reduce defects and provide proof that specs are met. Moreover, the company’s long-standing partnership with ShapeGrabber is continuing to yield tangible business benefits that will only be enhanced by the addition the ShapeGrabber Ai810 laser scanner.

For more information, visit www.shapegrabber.com.

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Quality Magazine. 

You must login or register in order to post a comment.




Charles J. Hellier has been active in the technology of nondestructive testing and related quality and inspection fields since 1957. Here he talks with Quality's managing editor, Michelle Bangert, about the importance of training.
More Podcasts

Quality Magazine


2015 January

Check out the January 2015 edition of Quality Magazine for features!

Table Of Contents Subscribe

The Skills Gap

What is the key to solving the so-called skills gap in the quality industry?
View Results Poll Archive

Clear Seas Research

qcast_ClearSeas_logo.gifWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications,Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.


facebook_40.png twitter_40px.png  youtube_40px.pnglinkedin_40px.png