How optical surface measurement overcome tactile methodsAMRC

How to measure distances, diameters & surface roughness with only one sensor

To become more competitive by introducing advanced technologies and processes is the promise of the well-known research center AMRC to industry. Metrology is key to keep this promise and to increase production readiness of new techniques. This is why AMRC recently has acquired its fourth Bruker Alicona measuring system.

Oliver Hayes
Composite Development Engineer

In composite machining, we generally see that the type of wear experienced by the tool is mainly flank wear. Because of that we need Bruker Alicona as I don´t know any other system that allows us to measure the steep flanks of e.g. PCD tools."

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Greatest benefits by optical surface roughness and shape measurement

The development of new manufacturing techniques and technologies has always been the mission of AMRC, the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre based in the UK. It "helps manufacturers of any size to become more competitive by introducing advanced techniques, technologies and processes”, AMRC states. To achieve this, metrology is one of the key activities at AMRC. Skilled in many areas of metrology, the team supports the research groups by qualifying novel parts and processes to make sure that they meet physical requirements and industry standards. In the field of optical metrology, Bruker Alicona´s high resolution form and roughness measurement systems deliver the greatest benefits than with any other system AMRC experts are aware of. It is not without reason that the globally well-known research center recently has acquired its fourth Alicona measuring system.


How AMRC 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

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