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CogniTens Opticell Automated Non-Contact Inspection

CogniTens, a Hexagon Metrology company, has designed and developed the OptiCell as a fully automated dimensional measurement platform for conducting repetitive measurements of automotive panels, parts and assemblies in various stages of development, engineering and ramp-up all through to mass production.


OptiCell, a PACE Award Winning solution is today used by global manufacturers and along with its embedded software allows:

• Planning and defining fully automated measurement programs

• Executing the measurement programs on the production floor

• Real time analysis of meaningful measurement results

• Automatically distributing measurement results across the organization

• Interface to SPC and off-line analysis systems



Ogihara Automates 3D Inspection with OptiCell

Ogihara America Corporation is a subsidiary of the Japanese Ogihara Corporation, one of the largest independent automotive die manufacturers in the world today. Ogihara is a Tier 1 supplier known for its exceptional product quality of automotive class A parts, assemblies and related body panels. Ogihara operates in the US from its Howell based facility in Michigan.


Ogihara’s production facilities provide critical parts and assemblies to General Motors, Ford and DaimlerChrysler as well as to several Japanese “transplants” across North America. All Ogihara facilities around the world share common processes for ensuring lean and streamlined operation. Common processes help Ogihara develop and manufacture more cost effectively while ensuring the best quality for the customer at all times.


Following a successful implementation of CogniTens Optigo based solutions at Ogihara’s US based facilities; Ogihara's management decided to take its implementation to the next level. Ogihara chose to be one of the first suppliers to fully automate the dimensional measurements of automotive parts and assemblies using advanced non-contact gauging technology from CogniTens, a Hexagon Metrology company.



Sheffield Pioneer Plus MultiSensor Scanning CMM

From Sheffield Measurement, one of the pioneering brands in Metrology, comes the new Pioneer Plus. We took our new entry-level Pioneer CMM line and added a more capable companion product line with multisensor capability so you can choose from a video based probe, laser scanning, high precision analog scanning, a variety of touch trigger probes, or some combination of the above that best suits your unique application.


The Pioneer Plus fully supports a range of sensors including the ScanShark 4Vix line laser scanning probe, the CMM-V vision sensor, and the LSP-X1 analog scanning probe, as well as multiple types of touch trigger sensors. Several types of sensors can be combined in a single system for true multisensor capability.


Sheffield is a brand of Hexagon Metrology.



DEA Bravo HP Horizontal Arm CMM

BRAVO offers real-time process control elements relative to speed, accuracy, and reliability, combined with the added advantage of reduced maintenance. Extremely stable, stiff and resistant to the harsh shop floor conditions. Advanced multisensor temperature compensation system ensures nominal measuring accuracy over an extended ambient temperature range. Floor flush installations feature easy access with durable walk-able covers on X-rails for floor. High dynamic performance and proven reliability rank BRAVO HP as high throughput, world-class body-in-white measuring robots.


DEA is a brand of Hexagon Metrology.



CogniTens Optigo Non-Contact measuring System

Optigo from CogniTens, a Hexagon Metrology company, is a portable, high-performance dimensional measurement platform used in engineering, production, and assembly processes on the shop floor.


Compact for easy handling and access, Optigo’s design blends ruggedness with precise instrumentation. Its performance is not affected by vibrations, industrial lighting, or temperature changes. CogniTens’ patented technology guarantees fast throughput and superior accuracy. From prototyping to ramp up and launch, Optigo delivers a comprehensive solution for the full range of automotive metrology challenges.



Minitab Quality Companion: Value Stream Mapping

Quality Companion by Minitab is the ideal tool for managing lean, Six Sigma, and other quality projects. Quality Companion 3.2 adds exciting new functionality—including a powerful Value Stream Mapping tool—making our all-in-one software for process improvement better than ever.


For more information visit us at www.minitab.com.

Profiles in Quality: Denise Robitaille--Part 2

Scott Paton, Quality Digest's editor at large interviews Denise Robitaille, co-author of "The Insider's Guide to ISO 9001:2008." Robitaille is also a technical expert and member of U.S. TAG 176.


In this episode, Robitaille discusses corrective action.

High Precision Flexible Gear Measurement with Leitz CMMs

Standard CMMs, when properly equipped, are the ideal flexible tool for measuring gears. They combine the flexibility of a general purpose measuring system, with specialized probing and software that allows them to be fully functional gear measuring centers that do not require a rotary table, which makes the system both more flexible, less expensive overall, and more accurate. The Leitz product line from Hexagon Metrology supplies high accuracy machines equipped with analog scanning probes that provide high density, high accuracy form data of the measured geometry.


Companies in the windpower, heavy equipment, powertrain and power generation markets find that a Leitz CMM is ideally suited to the task of gear inspection, especially when the requirement is to measure extremely large gears or gear segments. Precise inspection of big gears has been traditionally quite expensive, if not downright impossible. This has all changed that with the introduction of the Leitz PMM-G series of high precision gear inspection centers. The PMM-G is available in several sizes: for gear diameters up to 2950mm / 116”, up to 3950mm / 155” and up to 4450mm / 177”. The shaft length can be as long as 7000mm / 275”.


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Romer Omega Entry Level Laser Scanning System

Affordable reverse engineering solution combines ROMER 7-axis arm flexibility and laser probe technology with powerful PC-DMIS Reshaper software.


OMEGA — the most economical and efficient tool for multi¬purpose measurement. R-Scan — the fast, easy-to-use and affordable laser probe ideally suited to 3D scanning. PC-DMIS Reshaper — a complete 3D point-cloud processing software for users who need to handle rapidly generated point cloud files and high-quality 3D meshes at an affordable price.


• R-Scan's simple design, plus the Omega arm's patented infinite rotation, allows for easy scanning of difficult-to¬reach areas.


• Non-contact laser point scanning ensures easy, guided measurement. You get total capability ideal for reverse engineering applications, with speed, repeatability, a real-time display as well as automatic color recognition.


• Technology plus peace of mind: ROMER supports and warranties the complete digitizing system — arm, probe and software.


ROMER is a brand of a Hexagon Metrology.


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Leica T-MAC Robot Automated Laser Point Probe Demonstration

Integration of a laser point probe with an industrial robot, using the Leica T-MAC Tracker-Machine wireless control sensor and a Leica Laser Tracker. The T-Mac can be mounted on moving robots, machines, or parts whose position(s) need to be monitored in 6DoF (Degrees of Freedom) space. This innovative measurement device was developed in response to the need for automation of tracking tasks where it is difficult, impossible or undesirable to have a human being holding a Leica T-product device like the T-Probe or T-Scan.


The Leica Geosystems Metrology division is a part of Hexagon Metrology.


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