You may not have noticed it, but there’s been a trend creeping into most of our lives. Its origins are rooted in consumer expectation. Consumers want to hold up their cell phones and snap the perfect selfie with the sun setting over the beach behind them. And they want to create panorama shots that challenge the best of wide angle lenses.
Have you heard of Line Confocal Imaging (LCI)? Perhaps not, since the technology is relatively new to the already high-tech, high-resolution 3D measurement industry. Companies like Axiom Optics are dipping their toes in the water with STIL’s line of noncontact, chromatic confocal sensors.
High bandwidth is essential when transmitting big data volumes in image processing systems. However, available interface technologies like GigE or CoaXPress are the bottleneck when talking about bandwidth. By pre-processing the image in the camera and applying data compression technologies this bottleneck can be mitigated.
It’s certainly not news that more and more gages are being forced out onto the shop floor. Tight tolerance measurements that were once performed by a trained inspection technician are now being done right next to the machining center, most likely by the machine tool operator.
Of all of the changes in ISO 9001:2015, the one that users typically mention as being the one they are most concerned about is Management Commitment (clause 5.1.1). Maybe it is because the change has been emphasized so much in communication and training.
The manufacturing sector is currently saturated with Industry 4.0 (aka the Industrial Internet of Things or IIoT) hype and jargon. This is no surprise given the evidence showing that the connectivity of systems and exploitation of data can add significant value to modern manufacturing processes and supply chains.