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Alicona Displays Automated Measurement Solutions at Advanced Engineering 2018

Alicona Displays Automated Measurement Solutions at Advanced Engineering 2018

  • Tuesday, 23rd October 2018
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Alicona has increased its surface metrology range with the addition of an Optical MicroCMM, which will be displayed at Advanced Engineering 2018.

The newly developed µCMM is said to be the only purely optical micro-coordinate 3D measuring system available and provides high levels of accuracy not available on multi-sensor machines. Users benefit from all the advantages of tactile coordinate measuring technology with optical surface measurement to measure dimensions, position, shape and surface finish of components with just the one optical sensor.

When supplied with GD&T software the µCMM offers high geometric accuracy of a number of 3D features in relation to each other. This provides the ability to measure small surface features with sub-micron accuracy in a very short time. In addition to geometric position users are able to measure surface finish in the same measurement cycle providing improved productivity.

The range of measurable surfaces includes all common industrial materials and composites, such as plastic, PCD, CFRP, ceramics, chrome and silicon, including matt and polished, reflective components. The simple automated operation is implemented by single-button solutions built into a hand-held remote controller. Air-bearing axles with linear drives enable wear-free use and high-precision, rapid measurement. This makes µCMM ideal for permanent use in production.

µCMM is designed to be flexible and expandable, and options include the motorised Real3D Rotation Unit. This turns the 3-axis system into a 5-axis system and enables users to measure components from several directions, including round components.

The automation of measurement series is implemented by the AutomationManager interface. Thus µCMM offers fully automatic measurement and evaluation of surface roughness parameters and GD&T features. The measurement result is then completely operator-independent. µCMM is also ready to be used based on integrated production concepts following modern manufacturing concepts such as Industry 4.0.

Alicona will exhibit on Stand D22 at Advanced Engineering 2018 on 31 October-1 November in Birmingham, UK.


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