Boosting Your Quality Control Process by Combining Optical and Tactile Measurement
Coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) have long been known for their precision and accuracy in tactile measurements. With probe and sensor systems capable of high-speed scanning at measurement errors of fractions of a micrometer, CMMs are the gold standard of quality measurement.
However, optical digitization methods are becoming increasingly important, particularly in shaping processes. 3D scanning technology provides manufacturers with robust measurement data in mere seconds, making it ideal for not just quality control and inspection, but also tool and model making, rapid manufacturing and reverse engineering.
By combining CMMs with 3D scanners, you can optimize your manufacturing processes at an earlier stage.
The Benefits of Adding 3D Scanning to Your Quality Process
While today’s CMMs are fast and ideal for optimizing your inspection process for precision and accuracy, there are certainly throughput efficiencies to be gained through integrating 3D scanning into your process.
One of the main benefits in using 3D scanning is the fact that parts can be fully inspected very quickly. So, production ramp-up time can be reduced by half on average while still capturing a large amount of 3D quality data.
Other benefits of 3D scanners are the flexibility in measurement and portability they provide. CMMs are generally restricted to the quality room or their location on the shop floor if being used inline, while 3D scanners can be taken right to the part to complete a measurement.
These sensors are also capable of automatically recognizing changes in vibration and exposure, even in difficult ambient conditions. Moreover, the enormous light yield and high measuring speed ensure reliable data capture on different object surfaces.
All of this provides significant time savings and allows your operators to focus on measuring, not machine calibration and environment regulation. The result of that is faster throughput and increased product quality and cost efficiencies up your supply chain.
The Value of Metrology Expertise and Experience
Process efficiency and optimization is critical for manufacturers as customers continue to push the envelope on quality and throughput.
You need to think about your quality process as a comprehensive solution to create efficiencies. To achieve optimal results, you need a metrology partner with a wide portfolio of quality solutions and the application expertise and experience to make it a value to your company.
With 100 years of metrology in the rearview and an eye on the next 100, ZEISS Industrial Quality Solutions is a comprehensive metrology solutions provider of systems, software, accessories and service and support. With its extensive application expertise, ZESS can help you achieve faster throughput and greater product quality through multi-system solutions to your measurement challenges.