Alicona’s high resolution optical 3D metrology combined with a six-axis robot allows users to experience a high degree of automation as well as increased speed for quality assurance. The applied 3D measurement sensor is ideal for production: it is robust against vibrations and insensitive to ambient light, in addition to being fast and easily integrated in existing systems. With two different application possibilities, the 3D sensor is easily optimized for inclusion in the processing line. One option allows for the sensor to be mounted on a robot enabling it to approach various work pieces. Alternatively, another option is robotically manipulating and moving work pieces to the stationary sensor. In either instance, the robot can be fully automated or manually controlled.
Alicona robotic metrology can be successfully implemented into many different industries for inline measurement of critical surfaces. Various software packages enable a wide spectrum of applications. For example, in the tool industry the robot is used for verification of all cutting edges in only one measurement cycle. Numerous edge parameters including: radius, angle, form deviation, flash or diameter are measurable. Another area of application is the quality assurance for entire batches. This is made possible by analyzing a single parameter on several work pieces in one measurement cycle. With this high degree of automation, the need for manual intervention after starting a measurement is eliminated retooling times are reduced.