Learn how Gocator 3D smart sensors are used in automated harvesting systems to automatically identifying and classifying different crops and individual plants, such as broccoli leaves from broccoli heads.
Tire Technology Expo 2015 is officially in the books, with a record number 220 exhibitors and over 3,500 visitors attending the show. This year’s event was also the last one scheduled in Cologne, with Tire Tech 2016 slated for a larger venue about 300 km northeast in the city of Hannover. Tire Technology 2015 Draws Broad Industry Appeal Tire Tech 2015 brought together visitors from a wide variety of backgrounds in the tire manufacturing industry. There was something for everyone to enjoy, from automotive technicians to manufacturers and more. Hot Topics: Structured Light & DOT-Code Structured
In his article Auto Lightweighting Gains Traction with Quality Control , Rick Sloop, Director of International Technical Services, InfinityQS International, Inc. discusses automotive lightweighting –– the emerging practice of using lighter components and advanced materials in the automotive manufacturing process, in order to meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) fuel efficiency requirements set to take effect in 2025. Sloop’s article sheds light on the unique set of challenges lightweighting poses to automotive quality control. Most importantly, the introduction of new, lighter part
Dimensional gauging is a key 3D scanning and quality control process for detecting sizing errors in automotive parts. Such errors are common and occur when the actual dimensions of the machine-worked part are different from their nominal value.
Inertial profiler developer Surface Systems & Instruments, Inc. (SSI) (Auburn, California and Manhattan, Kansas, USA) is a leading supplier of pavement inspection equipment for walking, lightweight, and high speed profiling systems. SSI is a long-term user of laser based sensors for pavement measurement applications including first generation line profiling sensors introduced in 2008. These first generation sensors were specifically designed for pavement profiling applications, providing accurate measurements on challenging coarse textured pavements such as open or gap graded asphalt surfaces
To ensure quality in tire manufacturing, 3D sensing is now being implemented at many in-process manufacturing steps for quality monitoring and rapid feedback of process variations. In-process measurement and control applications include measurement of width and thickness and groove locations of component strips, including guidance of components to proper locations into the tire building drum, splice integrity monitoring and profile monitoring of extrusions. For final inspection of finished tire geometry and uniformity, profile sensors provide complete 3D point cloud maps of sidewalls and tread
Having been involved in the machine vision industry for over 40 years, it has been fascinating to follow the many iterations of laser-based displacement sensing. These changes have included an evolution as it has evolved from analog to digital operation, and from basic capabilities to today’s simple-to-use all-in-one measurement systems. Laser displacement sensors, which measure the distance from a sensor to a surface, superseded traditional displacement sensors, primarily dial indicator gages and LVDTs (linear variable displacement transducers). These traditional sensors were based on technol
The timber industry has always been cyclical. It is typically the first to be affected by a downturn, and the last to emerge from it. For example, in the recent sub-prime mortgage crisis of 2007-2010, much of our lumber investments and interests were transferred to China. Since then, we have seen a slow but sure increase in housing starts and lumber prices. Most predictions indicate the next super-cycle peak is yet to come, which means new opportunities and next generation technology will continue to push the wood industry forward. With Every Bust, Comes a Boom Back in the mid 1970s, when we w
This compact scanner delivers advanced 3D scanning at a fraction of the price of comparable systems in the market Vancouver, Canada, September 25, 2013 – LMI Technologies (LMI), a leading developer of 3D scanning, measurement, and data visualization technologies, announces the official release of the HDI 120 3D Scanner at TCT Show + Personalize today. The HDI 120 is the smallest advanced 3D scanning system using blue LED projection technology. The scanner delivers high resolution, accurate 3D scanning results at a fraction of the price of comparable systems. LMI is demonstrating the scanner fo