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The role of Alicona in international standardization

Standards and guidelines are significant success factors for the competitiveness of a company. A study conducted by the German Fraunhofer Gesellschaft in 2011 quantified the economic benefit of standards in Germany at 15 billion Euro annually [1].


In order to make them as practically applicable as possible, standards are usually developed in collaboration with industry experts and universities. The working groups of the most important standardization institution, the “International Organization for Standardization” (ISO), are made up of international manufacturers and users, who are sent by the respective national standardization organizations.

Alicona has been making a valuable contribution to the standardization of quality assurance in various international committees and standardization institutes for more than 10 years now. This includes, for example, the participation in the technical committee TC 213 of ISO, which is responsible for “geometric product specification”. As a member of working group 10 (coordinate measuring machines, “dimensional and geometric product specifications and verification”) and 16 (“areal and profile surface texture”), Alicona is, among other things, responsible for the development and introduction of series of standards for the non-contact, areal roughness measurement. This contains standards for the definition of corresponding parameters and standards in relation to the calibration of optical, areal measurement devices that measure these parameters (ISO 25178-60x) [2].

In addition to these contributions and involvements, Alicona is a member of the VDI working group for micro-coordinate measurement devices, whose guidelines also often become ISO standards. On a national level, Alicona also works together with the Austrian Standards Institute (ASI) on the development of standards in Austria (Ö-Normen). In the area of applied research, there is a joint project with a Swiss university in order to develop standards for the traceability of optical micro-coordinate measurement devices. The superordinate goal of this cooperation is the expansion of standards within ISO 10360 (acceptance and re-verification tests for coordinate measuring machines). [3]

With Alicona, the following standards have been established:

ÖNORM 1388 Geometrical product specification and verification (GPS) - Guide for operation and definition of the competence of operators of optical surface topography measurement devices
ISO 25178-6 Geometrical product specifications (GPS) – Surface texture: Areal – Part 6: Classification of methods for measuring surface texture
ISO 25178-606 Geometrical product specification (GPS) -- Surface texture: Areal -- Part 606: Nominal characteristics of non-contact (focus variation) instruments
VDI/VDE 2617, 12.2 (draft) Accuracy of coordinate measuring machines – Characteristics and their testing – Acceptance and reverification tests for optical CMM measuring microgeometries

[1] Neuschaefer-Rube, Ulrich: Normale, Normen und Richtlinien. (Standards, norms and guidelines.) In: Leitfaden zur optischen 3D Messtechnik, Vision Leitfaden 14, (Guideline on optical 3D measurement, Vision Guideline 14), Fraunhofer Verlag (Publisher: Fraunhofer)

[2] Geometrical product specifications (GPS) -- Surface texture: Areal -- Part 6: Classification of methods for measuring surface texture

[3] Geometrical product specifications (GPS) -- Acceptance and reverification tests for coordinate measuring machines (CMM) -- Part 8: CMMs with optical distance sensors

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