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Blum Enables Complex Measurement Jobs In Machine Tools

Blum Enables Complex Measurement Jobs In Machine Tools

Blum-Novotest has launched FormControl V5, its latest measurement software that features new functions FormControl Automation and Alignment Function 2.0. This provides two valuable options for automating manufacturing processes in tool and mould making, the aerospace industry, medical technology and large-scale production while minimising throughput times.

The FormControl Automation option allows the automatic execution and logging of measurement jobs between and after machining steps without operator intervention. The measuring programs for the manufactured parts, created as usual in FormControl, are collected by the new option before being transmitted to the machining centre, which then automatically executes the measurement jobs and saves the results. After completion of the parts, the operator can transfer the measurement data back to the PC at any time and create the corresponding measurement protocols with just a few mouse clicks.

Meanwhile, the new Alignment Function 2.0 automatically corrects the workpiece position in up to five machine axes so that the workpiece and the CAD coordinate systems match exactly. With this function, the position of the workpiece is not changed; instead, FormControl generates a new, modified workpiece coordinate system, thus eliminating inaccuracies caused by poorly aligned workpieces and long setup times.

In addition to the new functions, Blum-Novotest’s FormControl V5 software offers many other opportunities for optimising the manufacturing process. For instance, FormControl ensures machining errors can be detected in the original clamping setup, thereby allowing immediate rework. This increases machining accuracy, lowers production costs and helps reduce scrap.

 

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Hexagon Releases Measurement Software PC-DMIS 2019 R1

Hexagon Releases Measurement Software PC-DMIS 2019 R1

Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division launched PC-DMIS 2019 R1, the latest edition of the measurement software. This is the first of two major releases scheduled for 2019, with continued service pack updates to ensure maximum reliability of the platform.

PC-DMIS 2019 R1 introduces the new GD&T Selection and Capture tool which saves the user time, effort and will reduce input errors by automatically transferring GD&T data from 2D ‘blueprints’ into the PC-DMIS measurement routine. This is achieved using optical character recognition (OCR) technology and is an industry-leading innovation within metrology software. The new PC-DMIS Protect module is ideal for customers with stringent process controls and auditing standards as Protect enables users to control access to measurement routines and track modifications to them (available as a paid option). Only users with permission can amend protected routines and the business can track and audit any changes.

The new Universal Updater is a simple, intuitive tool allowing users to manage software updates for all Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence software, learn about complementary products, stay up-to-date with Hexagon news and gain linked access to Hexagon community platforms. Reporting flexibility has also been significantly improved with the Excel Forms Report function. Users can now define the structure and layout of the Excel report to meet the varying reporting needs of the business and PC-DMIS will populate it automatically.

Probe protection has been improved with enhanced calibration collision avoidance capability. During the user’s regular measuring system calibration, a new layer of intelligence allows PC-DMIS to identify areas of possible collision and ensure collisions between the probe and any fixed surface are avoided. Likewise, PC-DMIS 2019 R1 automatically inserts safe moves needed to avoid collisions around complex parts directly into the measurement routine.

“We are very pleased to release this latest version of our market-leading metrology software PC-DMIS,” said Ken Woodbine, Product Line Manager for Metrology Software at Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence. “PC-DMIS 2019 R1 continues the trend towards optimising each of the three primary metrology tasks of measurement creation, execution, and collaboration. The improvements in this version bring us ever closer to a perfect balance between user experience and capability.”

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GOM Measurement And Evaluation Software

GOM Measurement And Evaluation Software

GOM has developed the V8 version of its measurement and evaluation software, GOM Inspect Professional. One of the functions enables the tracking of movements and deviations in real time. The live module allows Atos 3D scanners to trace single points as well as complete component geometries in space.

In addition, the software simplifies the analysis of recurring structures, which often occur on mould cavities, gears or connectors. Using the cluster analysis, a complete set of evaluations can be marked and shifted to the next position within a structure. At The push of a button, the software recalculates the individual inspection elements. In this way, the entire inspection process for recurring structures can be repeated quickly.

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