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QMT Products: April 2012
Arm-free portable CMM in BMW, S.Africa

Creaform, leader in portable 3D optical measurement technologies,  has integrated a portable probing system into BMW’s  Rosslyn manufacturing process and plant in Pretoria, South Africa.

The car manufacturing giant has equipped the Quality Control Department of its BMW 3 series product site with a HandyPROBE arm-free probing measurement system.

WENZEL Metromec has developed an interface between the HandyPROBE and its Metrosoft CM inspection software. This enables BMW to maintain its existing Metrosoft CM inspection programs, using known inspection functionalities while improving their inspection process output through Creaform’s  TRUaccuracy  technology . This technology ensures highly-accurate measurements, regardless of the surrounding environment or vibrations.
“The fact that BMW could benefit from the HandyPROBE increased accuracy, faster measurement process and automatic alignment feature without the hassle of having its entire crew trained on new software was a key selling point", points out Jean-François Larue, HandyPROBE product director.

Marcel Lenherr, General Manager of Metromec explains: “Metrosoft CM is a very sophisticated metrology software with a large functional width and depth. For an automotive manufacturer like BMW, it is crucial to be able to use different brands and types of measuring devices with it. Thus, Creaform’s HandyPROBE is a great addition to line-up of technologies supported by Metrosoft CM.”


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