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Which automated measuring system fits my requirements? - Important criteria

Automated metrology and 3D scanning have become important tools in a variety of industries, including manufacturing. These technologies enable companies to measure and analyze objects quickly and accurately. They provide valuable information that can be used to improve processes, develop new products and even create digital replicas of real objects.

A key advantage of automated metrology and 3D scanning is their ability to improve efficiency and quality. Traditional measurement methods can be time-consuming and error-prone, while automated systems can quickly and accurately capture data on everything from the dimensions of a product to the shape of a complex surface. This saves time and reduces the risk of errors that can lead to costly mistakes or delays.

Automated metrology and 3D scanning can not only increase efficiency, but also provide valuable insights that help companies make informed decisions. For example, 3D scans of a product can reveal previously unknown defects or areas of a component that need improvement, while automated measurement systems can help ensure that components are of consistently high quality.

An important aspect of using automated metrology and 3D scanning effectively is choosing the right hardware and software. There is a wide range of options available, each with their own strengths and capabilities. It is important to carefully assess your needs and select the systems that best meet your requirements.

Do you have only one special component that you need to measure? Or do you have to measure different components and adapt your measuring system to them? Then you should pay attention to intuitive programming. Is your system only needed in the measuring room or maybe also in the production environment for quick quality control? Then the mobility of your system should play an important criterion. We present the most important criteria here.

The required accuracy

The more accurate, the better. Wrong! Many applications do not require an accuracy of 0.01mm. An accuracy of 0.1mm may also be sufficient. Accuracy is the most important factor for the price. High accuracy also means very expensive. So do not pay more than you really need.

The programming of your measuring system

In this point, many systems differ significantly. You can distinguish between static and flexible measuring systems. A static measuring system is suitable for exactly one application. If your component or your measuring environment changes, they require costly adjustments. Dynamic systems, on the other hand, can be easily adapted by you to new components.

The adaptation of the measuring program should be designed intuitively.

Tip: Let us show you the programming in a demo to get a feeling for the complexity of the system.

Do you have experience with 3d scanning?

  • Yes, I did it myself.

  • Yes, but I have not yet scanned myself

  • No, I am new to this area

Mobile or stationary?

Stationary systems are tied to a specific location. This means that the components must always be brought to the measuring system. Mobile systems, on the other hand, can be set up wherever they are needed.

Software for the analysis of your data

Many systems offer interfaces to different analysis software. Many interfaces give you flexibility. You may already be using a well-known software in your company. Then an interface to this software would certainly make sense. Or is the analysis limited to the software of the manufacturer of the measuring system? A clear negative point in terms of flexibility.

Adaptability of the system

The interaction of hardware and software plays an important role. But unfortunately, hardware usually becomes obsolete faster than software, which can always be brought up to date by updates. Can your system be upgraded to more modern hardware after a few years? You should definitely consider this before making a purchase.

In summary, automated metrology and 3D scanning are powerful tools that can help companies in a variety of industries improve efficiency, quality and accuracy. By choosing the right equipment and software, companies can realize the full potential of these technologies and gain a competitive advantage. We would be very happy to advise you.

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