- March 04, 2014
March 4, 2014 – Hexagon Metrology announced 360° Smart Inline Measurement Solutions (360° SIMS), a family of measurement solutions that can be fully integrated into demanding automotive production lines to serve manufacturers during launch, ramp-up and ongoing production. They enable full surface inspection and critical features measurement of up to 100 per cent of the produced car bodies, parts and sub-assemblies within production cycle time. By leveraging its reliable metrology methods, innovative software and sensor technologies, Hexagon Metrology has created an advanced means of process control for a comprehensive understanding of quality. 360° SIMS installations are adapted to their respective environment and target industry applications. Installations typically include shop floor-proven white light area measurement sensors from Hexagon Metrology and powerful point cloud-based software tools. Using a simple touchscreen interface, operators with basic training can supervise the measurement process, easily visualize results and identify root cause for quality concerns. 360° SIMS are compatible with commonly used industrial robots, PLCs, automation devices and safety equipment. Cell configurations will include in-line, near-the-line and offline options to support a variety of customer applications throughout stamping, body shop and final assembly sub-plants. Other options include a patent-pending alignment and measuring device for large objects, innovative software tools for large data set visualization and analysis and fixed optical sensors for complementing measurement tasks. The 360° SIMS cells can be positioned anywhere along production lines and production bays to support a customer’s dimensional control strategies.