Festo Revolutionizes Automation Measurement with InfiniteFocus Integration
Festo, one of the world's leading providers of automation technology, offers products, systems, and services related to pneumatic and electric control and drive technology for factory and process automation. With the InfiniteFocusG5, Festo manages to combine the requirements of different measurement systems into a single automated measurement process.
Head of Global Operative Production Quality
Additional lighting for optimal measurements
A custom sample holder developed by Bruker Alicona with additional lighting allows the measurement of 10 components in a single operation.
Custom-made sample holder
Clamped sample in the custom-made sample holder.
Measurement of Height Dimensions
Measurement of customer-specific parameters: Distance measurement of the features to the reference.
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Festo is a global player with over 250 branches in 61 countries. Operating since 1925, this family-owned company with over 21,000 employees is setting new standards in automation technology.
At the Hassel location in Germany, there was a basic quality control process for various components. However, this involved a cumbersome testing process as different measurement systems were used to ensure quality. For instance, optical measuring microscopes were used for mold release, and distances (height dimensions) were determined using a tactile coordinate measuring system. Additionally, continuous measurement of mold release wasn't possible with the existing systems.
"It became evident that the measurement process was not only time-consuming and costly but also failed to achieve the precision required for our high-quality standards," said the Head of Global Operative Production Quality, Horst Lang. Thus, optimizing the testing process became a top priority. The main challenges were to integrate different measurement systems into one system for an automated measurement process and to measure independently of time and personnel. These requirements were met by implementing the Bruker Alicona measurement system InfiniteFocus.
How Festo succeeds with Bruker Alicona solution
Dimensional accuracy & surface finish measurement
- Accurate, fast and universal optical 3D measuring instrument for tolerances in the µm and sub-µm range
- Components are measured area-based and with high resolution independent of size, material, geometry, weight and surface finish
- A number of proven and new features combine the functionalities of a roughness measuring system (Ra, Rq, Rz/Sa, Sq, Sz) with the characteristics of a coordinate measuring machine