Measurement is critically important to the advancement of smarter, future factories. Inspection eliminates defects before the end-user, and measurement of manufacturing processes lets engineers understand them and make them more efficient.
If factories are to become faster and more flexible, inspection is a bottleneck to overcome, especially in industries where 100% inspection is required.
As manufacturing becomes more responsive and connected, customizable, more flexible and in-process metrology techniques for machined, molded, cast and additively manufactured (AM) parts will become more important.
New measurement methods, involving more in-process technology, are reducing human intervention. Measurement data, connected to a Manufacturing Execution System, for example, can receive, validate and pass the measurements automatically, enabling “connected factories”.
Companies like FARO are driving the movement to bring measurement equipment out of the inspection lab and upstream onto the shop floor, to save time, reduce scrap and reduce rework upstream.