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Partnership Agreement for Automated Quality Control Solutions

Metrologic Group and Creaform have entered into a partnership in which Creaform integrates Metrologic Group's software suite with its new CUBE-R 3D automated dimensional inspection solution. This all-in-one laser scanning solution features Metrologic Group's advanced 3-D measurement programming and inspection software packages, Silma and Metrolog X4 i-Robot, and combines efficiency and reliability of robotization in an automated industrial measuring cell.

The CUBE-R is an off-the-shelf, fully integrated, automated 3-D inspection solution designed for manufacturing companies requiring automated quality control directly on the shop floor. It optimizes the MetraSCAN 3D-R metrology scanner with the use of Metrologic Group's robot-dedicated measurement software, Metrolog X4 i-Robot. The solution thus provides a flexible plug & play alternative to coordinate measuring machines and other robot-mounted, structured-light 3-D scanners.

Speed and Volumetric Accuracy

The CUBE-R extends the capabilities of the MetraSCAN 3D-R for the dimensional measurement of parts ranging from 1 m to 3 m with metrology-grade volumetric accuracy under real-life shopfloor conditions. "Unlike conventional systems, the CUBE-R delivers both speed and volumetric accuracy, consequently ensuring a significant increase in productivity," said a company spokesperson.

User-Friendly, Easy to Operate

Integrating Metrologic Group's Silma X4 i-Robot and Metrolog X4 i-Robot, the CUBE-R offers a variety of benefits: The software calculates the most efficient positioning of the sensor and the best collision-free trajectories for the robot. The same software manages the optical 3-D measurements, simultaneously provides advanced analysis of the results -even when computing huge point clouds- and edits personalized, easy-to-understand reports. Metrolog and Silma X4 i-Robot turn the CUBE-R into a simple automated measurement solution that can be easily operated by a non-specialist operator.

Benefits include:

  • High productivity: Performs effective inspections on several hundred parts a day (even on dark or reflective parts with complex geometry)
  • Multitasking: Maximizes production cycle and throughput by simultaneously operating data acquisition and delivering analysis in a continuous and uninterrupted measurement flow
  • Efficient 3-D measurement programming and computing: Best-in-class measurement software suite, able to manage huge point clouds
  • Automatic field calibration procedure: No accuracy drift over time and continuous operation
  • Minimum operator training: Easy-to-use and short learning curve to keep up with fast production pace
  • Complete turn-key solution: No integration required, fully enclosed and shopfloor ready
  • Smaller factory footprint: A complete 4.1 m x 4.1 m x 3.1 m turn-key solution with a flexible shop-floor configuration.

"Metrologic Group is dedicated to developing the automated 3-D metrology market through its X4 i-Robot platform," said Stéphane Auclair, Division Vice-President, Marketing and Product Management at Creaform-AMETEK. "In addition to being recognized as world leader in dimensional metrology software, Metrologic Group is the only independent software partner to integrate robot path planning and simulation with other automation-type functionalities. Partnering with them for the commercialization of the CUBE-R was an obvious choice for us."

"The CUBE-R is yet another illustration of the ability of the Metrolog and Silma X4 i-Robot software suite to control singly the most advanced 3-D measuring solutions," said Bertrand Gili, President of Metrologic Group. "Combined with the CUBE-R, our software suite brings advanced 3-D inspection technology to the shopfloor and offers easy to program, easy to operate quality control routines for complex robotized inspection scenarios. It definitely sets a new standard in all-in-one laser line scanning robotized 3-D inspection."

For more information contact:

Metrologic Group Services Inc.

North American Innovation Center

28064 Center Oaks Court

Wixom, MI 48393



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