This issue of QMT seems to have developed a strong automotive theme. In the news we see the partnership between Hexagon and inos to deliver automated and flexible inline measurement processes for OEMs and Tier Ones. And in our features we see evidence of a growing trend towards shop floor, automated, optical systems.
The Fiat-owned Turkish manufacturer TOFAS has halved inspection times for body-in-white assemblies and prototypes by retrofitting Nikon laser scanners and multi-sensor metrology software to two CMMS
The German automotive supplier GEDIA has bought automated optical inspection systems to the production floor. At its Attendorn press plant, an ATOS ScanBox has again helped cut measuring times by more than half in comparison with previous tactile solutions. It now plans to roll the technology out to all its sites around the world.
But we aren’t just looking at the high volume mainstream automotive business. We also take a look at a niche British sports car the Ariel Atom – this is stripped down, no frills engineering for maximum performance. Radio? Heater? It doesn’t even have a windscreen, doors or roof.
Volumes are low, but even here the move away from traditional methods to structured light scanning has had an impact. What used to take days now takes hours.I hope you enjoy reading this issue of QMT.
Andy SandfordEditor QMT