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By: Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence

(Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence: North Kingstown, RI) -- Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence announced the release of the TESA TWIN-T10, a portable display for inductive probes that offers ease of operation for its users, as well as a clear and immediate graphical display of data. The TESA TWIN-T10 is particularly suitable for straightness, run-out, and form or geometry evaluation during fine adjustments, alignments, or the assembly of mechanical parts.

Due to its hemispherical form of the analog scale with 200 segments, the TESA TWIN-T10 allows for a clear analog and numeric reading of form variations. The new portable display also offers an exceptional operational time of more than 340 hours with standard AA batteries, so it can be used efficiently without the need to recharge frequently.

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By: Marposs

(Marposs: Auburn Hills, MI) -- Marposs, a world leader in measurement, inspection, and test technologies, announces the availability of its Aeroel Wireline laser measuring system designed for in-line checking of drawn wire diameter and ovality. Wireline is a contactless gauging system well-suited for measuring steel wire for tires, copper wire for electrical cables, CO2 welding wire, and more. By enabling 100-percent inspection, it eliminates any risk of rejects or complaints, helping to improve quality, eliminate scrap, and reduce labor cost.

Using a dual-axis laser gauge, the Wireline  laser measuring system checks the wire tolerance of the wire and stops the drawing machine when the die wear exceeds the pre-set limit. It counts the meters of wire being drawn and provides statistical reports for each spool.

The Wireline system is unaffected by wire vibration and speed, consistently delivering accurate and reliable measurements. It features a patented dust protective jacket that safeguards it from soap and iron dust, making it possible for installation on dry drawing benches.

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By: Citius Publishing

(Citius Publishing: Austin, TX) -- Everyone should be aware that organizations need to improve and adapt to survive. Because of this aspiration, a business may undertake a process improvement program such as lean or Six Sigma; however, often, these process improvement program undertakings are not long-lasting.

The reason for this occurrence is that, when leadership undertakes a program self-assessment, they often find that they cannot see a tangible big-picture positive financial impact from the conducted process improvement program’s efforts. Far too often, process enhancements from an improvement program occur in silos, where there is little if any positive impact on the big picture.

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By: Stefanie Koperniak

At the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis, the state of Massachusetts assembled a manufacturing emergency response team as part of its efforts to respond to the desperate need for personal protective equipment (PPE), particularly masks and gowns. The Massachusetts Emergency Response Team (M-ERT)—aided by MIT faculty, students, staff, and alumni—helped local manufacturers produce more than 9 million pieces of PPE as well as large volumes of hand sanitizer, disinfectants, and test swabs.

Building on the experiences and knowledge gained through the work of M-ERT, a new project, which was recently awarded funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), is developing a network collaboration model designed to help ecosystems organize and enable manufacturers to rapidly “pivot” in an emergency, from producing their standard products to producing PPE or other urgently needed goods.

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By: Creaform Inc.

(Creaform: Lévis, Canada) -- Creaform, a worldwide leader in 3D measurement solutions, announces the latest release in its R-Series lineup, including the new MetraSCAN-R BLACK|Elite as well as the addition of four different models in the CUBE-R 3D scanning measuring machine. Creaform also launched the brand-new VXscan-RTM digital twin environment software module, which completes the company’s turnkey automated quality control solution suite.

Fastest, most versatile automated quality control solution in the market

Blazing-fast cycle times: Featuring 45 blue laser lines for a high-density scanning area that takes up to 1,800,000 measurements per second and generates live meshes

More accurate and repeatable results: High accuracy of 0.025 mm (0.001 in.) in shop floor conditions, regardless of instabilities, vibrations, and thermal variations

High resolution: A measurement resolution of 0.025 mm (0.0009 in.) that generates highly detailed scans regardless of the surface, trim, geometric feature, or type of sheet metal 

New digital twin environment software: VXscan-R enables users of all levels to easily and quickly program robot paths and optimize the line of sight of the robotic system.

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By: Digital Metrology

(Digital Metrology Solutions: Columbus, IN) -- Digital Metrology Solutions, provider of measurement software, consulting, and training, has announced the kickoff of its “Notepad Series” videos. These short, informal sessions make surface texture understandable for those who rely on the information but are not necessarily experts in the field. Each video addresses common topics related to surface specification, measurement and interpretation, in five minutes or less.

“This new video series is designed to introduce casual users to surface analysis,” said Mark Malburg, President of Digital Metrology. “Many technicians, researchers and engineers rely on surface data but only have a passing knowledge of how to explore and understand a surface. Slides, equations, and theory can sometimes get in the way.

Each of these videos presents a single topic in just a few minutes. We take a concept down to the level of a simple drawing in real time, which provides an incredibly effective path to understanding.”

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By: Exact Metrology

(Exact Metrology: Cincinnati) -- Exact Metrology, a comprehensive metrology service provider, recently released the Hexagon RS6 laser scanner, designed for high-speed and accuracy scanning. It scans up to 1.2 million points/sec with a scan rate of 300 Hz. The RS6 also has a wider laser stripe of 150 mm at mid-range and a visual guide that provides real-time feedback for standoff distance.

Built using SHINE technology (Systematic High-Intelligence Noise Elimination), the RS6 laser scanner always delivers full scanning performance, even on the most challenging surfaces. Whether it’s a glossy, black, plastic automotive body part or a molded carbon-fiber component, this scanner scans without any reduction in quality or productivity. Furthermore, SHINE allows users to scan 99 percent of parts without touching the scanner exposure. With repeatable mounting (using the Absolute Arm 7-Axis), the scanner can be removed if necessary and replaced without need for calibration. The Hexagon RS6 laser scanner is certified to ISO 10360-8 on all 7-axis RA8 Absolute Arms.

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By: L.S. Starrett Co.

(The L.S. Starrett Company: Athol, MA) -- The L.S. Starrett Company, a global manufacturer of precision hand tools and gauges, metrology systems and more, has introduced the new AVX550 Multi-Sensor Vision System equipped with dual optical systems and touch-probe capability to measure parts with a diverse range of feature sizes and geometries.

The large-format AVX550 system can be equipped with two cameras and lenses to be used sequentially in the same program along with touch-probe options, making this system one of the most versatile multi-sensor platforms available today. For accuracy, durability, and stability, including under demanding requirements, the AVX550 system features a granite base and bridge design.

“We are pleased to offer our customers a powerful, easy-to-use multi-sensor measurement system which streamlines and optimizes the QC [quality control] process,” says Mark Arenal, general manager of the Starrett Metrology Division, “Using a single system, production parts can be examined on the shop floor or in the QC lab on macro and micro levels as one comprehensive process.”

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By: Exact Metrology

(Exact Metrology: Cincinnati) -- From Oct. 11, 2019 to April 26, 2020, the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration in New York exhibited “Sisters in Liberty: From Florence, Italy, to New York, New York.” The exhibit was a collaboration between Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, and the Opera di Santa Croce, a nonprofit organization in charge of the Franciscan Cathedral Santa Croce. Through art and multimedia presentations the exhibit looked to start an international conversation about the meaning of liberty and how the concept had evolved.

The exhibit featured an 80-percent to scale replica of Pio Fedi’s “Liberty of Poetry,” housed at the church. It is said to have served as the basis for the Statue of Liberty. “Liberty of Poetry” honors Giovanni Battista Niccolini, a poet who inspired and supported the Resorgimento the Italian struggle for self-determination.


Liberty of Poetry scanned by Artec Eva


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By: NVision Inc.

(NVision: Southlake, TX) -- Hamar Industries Inc. was able to design three new roof rack product lines in just one-third the usual time by utilizing the engineering services of NVision Inc. NVision's 3D laser scanning captured the exact geometry of three vehicles' roof profiles and the data was incorporated into the computer-aided design (CAD) files used to create the custom-fit racks. The time savings were significant: "Without the scans we would have extended our R&D and production time by 300 percent," says Chris Pelley, vice president of operations and engineering at the Fort Worth, Texas-based company.

Started as Cali Raised LED in 2014, Hamar Industries Inc. was incorporated in 2018 and is a one-stop job shop for aftermarket vehicle accessories and custom metal fabrication, including laser-cutting, bending, welding, and more. One of the company's most in-demand services and specialities is building custom-fitted roof  racks. 

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