Full Automation of Measurement and Evaluation

InfiniteFocus in Production

As a leading provider of automated measurement solutions in the tooling industry, we expand our range of production integrated measurement solutions: A new automation software enables you to integrate the measurements of your tools into your production.

InfiniteFocus is a high-resolution optical 3D surface system for the measurement of microstructure surfaces. The system offers various functions for measuring both form and roughness. The range of measurable surfaces and components is almost unlimited, which is due to the system's combination of coaxial illumination and a ring light. Until now, the system has mainly been utilized in laboratory settings. However, with the new automation interface Automation Manager, measurements can now be carried out automatically, enabling the use of InfiniteFocus in production without any measurement know-how. The measurement results are directly relayed to a production control system.

The main focus of these automated measurements lies on the dimensional inspection of components. Parameters and positions to be measured are individually defined by an administrator beforehand and include, among others, angle, distances, roundness, or flatness. In production, workers then choose the component that needs to be measured from a drop-down menu or by using a bar-code scanner and initiate the measurement by simply pressing a button. Everything else is carried out automatically. Once finished, the system then provides a report including OK or Not OK status. The entire dimensional measurement process, even of complex components, is automated without any user influence on the result. This type of automation makes it possible to control the entire production process without interruption. Components can be inspected during any stage of manufacturing. This ensures consistent product quality and an economically efficient production process.

The automation software also controls the automatic positioning at the relevant surface features of the component. This also works with Alicona’s rotational unit that is used to measure undercuts and chamfered edges of tools. An integrated zero-point clamping system ensures that every component is secured in a defined and repeatable position. A corresponding calibration routine makes it possible to carry out the measurement in the coordinate system of the component. The automated measurement routines are suitable for all industries the high-resolution measurement system InfiniteFocus is commonly used in. This includes, among others, the tooling, molding, automotive, electronics, and aerospace industries, as well as micro and precision manufacturing and medical engineering.

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