Automation, data and the need for speed were the driving forces behind the manufacturing quality assurance trends featured at IMTS 2018 in Chicago this past September.
“Many manufacturers at IMTS wanted to scale up to inline inspections that are faster and provide more data,” according to Mukesh Dulani, president of DWFritz. Non-contact metrology systems are a key enabler of speed. They utilize images captured by sensors, such as vision cameras or lasers, allowing rapid processing of high definition images.
“The tactile market is not seeing a lot of differentiation or new ideas outside of new sensors being adopted to ride on the probing structure, and more shop hardened options to put the devices closer to the manufacturing process,” said VandeHei.