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Man, robots and Measurement Technology for large objects

Man, robots and Measurement Technology for large objects

Added to MTDCNC by Alicona Metrology (UK) Ltd. on 18 April 2017

In the age of Industry 4.0 and Smart Manufacturing, flexible production strategies require intelligent interaction between humans and robots.

Alicona have developed collaborative systems created from universal robots, Alicona optical metrology technology and man to provide flexible quality assurance systems in production.

These measurement solutions can be used either manually or automatically for inspection of features on large objects. Systems can be built for quality assurance of round heavy components (illustrated here) with a weight up to 120Kg or horizontal systems for large flat objects on which detailed features need to be measured

Applications for this production-integrated measurement solution include the control of sharp edges/break out on aircraft engine turbine disks and to detect   chipping along the edge and to verify minimum radii, essential for safety and reliability in the engine. The systems can also be used to measure “dings” or scratches at discreet locations on the surfaces of these objects.

Other applications include the measurement of mismatch on large turned and machined objects, quality assurance of circular saw blades or grinding wheels.

The wheeled design makes the robot portable and flexible to use in a variety of places. Manufacturers have the option of taking the measurement to the product or taking the product to the measurement.

The handling of the new robot measuring systems is very easy and user friendly either automatically or manually. The Automatic modes can be preprogrammed and the measurements made unattended.

In manual mode the operator manipulates the robot arm and measuring sensor to the required position for measurement, two handles and integrated joystick are mounted on the sensor, so the robot is easy to move. By means of an app, a smartphone displays the live view for manual, precise positioning and measurement. At the end the user receives a measurement report with OK and NOT OK statements.

For Alicona smart manufacturing is based on the interaction of machines and their operators. Our smart systems unite the measurement and machining process, allowing for automated measurements and the integration of advanced robotics. As a user you benefit from higher accuracy and speed of production. Additionally, it helps you to increase workplace efficiencies and worker safety.

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