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Robotic Inspection Lands In Advanced Aerospace Manufacturing Plant

Safran recently showcased their landing systems manufacturing and assembly operations with the release of a video titled “Birth of a Landing Gear”. The video includes footage on its installation of a Robotic Inspection System carrying out metrology checks to the main landing gear strut. The Robotic Measuring System comprises an ABB robot, Creaform MetraSCAN 3D integrated with Metrolog X4 i-Robot metrology software.


Hand and eye

3D quality inspection benefits from optical and contact metrology. Laser scanning has come a long way over the last few years. Fueled by advances in information technology and the continuing march toward Industry 4.0, the devices have become more accurate and more affordable, capable of gathering millions of data points much more quickly and easily. The process has become steadily more intuitive, requiring minimal training, and the software has continued to enable more functionality and improve existing processes. Compared with contact metrology, laser scanning is undoubtedly faster, more portable and capable of gathering a much greater volume of data points in a single pass. But there are unique use cases for each kind of metrology. A 2016 article on referred to a poll that found users of laser scanning technology valued it for accuracy, speed and portability. Other advantages include colour capture/high definition resolution, cost and ease of use.

Shop Metalworking Technology, October 2017


Making The Right Choice

Coordinate measuring machines versus portable metrology: how to choose the most effective measuring tool? Quality control managers have the delicate task of verifying and guaranteeing that manufactured parts meet customers' requirements, specifications, and tolerances. While coordinate measuring machines are usually their preferred choice, alternative metrology instruments are now available, enabling them to perform accurate measurements directly on the shop floor during the manufacturing process.

inspect international. special issue, 18. September 2017


Under Pressure? Discover where to save time and money in quality control

It is strategic to dedicate the most important and delicate inspections to coordinate measuring machines (CMMs). When it comes to quality control, coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) are a top choice for measuring complex parts. However, there can be some significant cost and time factors to consider.

Design Engineering, March 13, 2017


Koenigsegg gets a measure of performance with 3-D-scanning

The Swedish supercar manufacturer Koenigsegg Automotive AB was founded by Christian von Koenigsegg in 1994, when he was just 22 years old. He wanted to create a sports car like no others - a lightweight mid-engine car with a detachable and readily storable hardtop.

Machinery Market, December 2016


Where will metrology be in 5-10 years?

Metrology has come a long way since its conception during the era of the pharaohs. It has particularly evolved in the last 25 years with the advent of lasers, 3D scanners, and optical technology.


How to Face Constantly Increasing Pressure on Tolerances

Manufactured parts produced by the automotive and aerospace industries are becoming more complex. Tolerances that must meet quality control and metrology standards are now increasingly sophisticated and optimized.



For many production managers, measuring parts directly on the production floor means fewer alignments and manipulations, which is one of the keys to more efficient production processes. However, quality control teams may be more reluctant to inspect on the shop floor and prefer to redirect measured parts to the lab, where the control will be performed on the CMM. This blog post is intended to demystify why, when, and how inspections can be performed efficiently on the production floor.


Precise under harsh conditions: Reliable in-line measurements in production environments

One of the most important changes in metrology in the past few decades has been the development of portable measuring devices. This has brought inspection right to the production line, as close to the part as possible. The change — sparked by the development of portable measuring arms and the emergence of laser trackers — has turned conventional industry inspection methods completely upside down.

Optik & Photonik - Special Issue: Best of Applications, Volume 11, Issue 2, pages 35-37


3 Keys to improve, optimize, and enhance FAI

First article inspection (FAI) enables the establishement of a stable production process that can deliver compliant parts of good quality. Read more to learn about the 3 keys to improve, optimize and enhance FAI.

Quality Magazine, February 2016, NDT Special Edition, p. 13-15