Manufacturers Employing Advanced 3D Metrology for Efficiencies across Value Chain

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Source: Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan’s latest white paper, Advanced Metrology Becomes Competitive Differentiator in Modern Manufacturing, shares how advanced metrology, specifically 3D metrology, enables optimized processes and performance. It discusses how advanced metrology enables design functions to improve products and manufacturing facilities. It also analyzes the ways sophisticated laser-based 3D metrology can modernize manufacturing and optimize performance.

In the technology-forward modern manufacturing industry, data is considered a strategic asset, and market leaders are evolving their processes and business models to harness its benefits. Savvy manufacturers turn to technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), collaborative robots (cobots), and advanced metrology to improve production efficiency and product quality. These technologies, especially 3D metrology, are finding increasing application in the portfolios of leading-edge manufacturers that recognize their benefits across the ecosystem.

“Modern manufacturing has embraced digital transformation due to its rapid and lasting impact on the bottom line,” observed Roberta Gamble, partner at Frost & Sullivan. “Advanced metrology is ideal for the production and assembly environments because, in the short term, it can enhance accuracy, reduce faults and resulting bottlenecks, increase customer satisfaction, and decrease errors across the process. Over time, the data and analytics resulting from advanced, laser-based 3D metrology can improve the entire build process, from creating more efficient factories to better supplier agreements.”

“Metrology has traditionally been a tool for quality control and inspection within manufacturing. However, as the sector races to modernize, leading manufacturers are finding they can leverage advanced metrology upstream in the factory’s build and assembly functions,” noted Michael Carris, Vice President, Product Marketing at FARO. “This builds accuracy and enables more efficient improvements than only conducting reviews with the final product inspection.”

Some of the cross-organizational benefits of advanced 3D metrology include:

● Expanding inspection demand and capabilities as industries modernize. For example, parts inspections, part and component re-engineering and reverse engineering, and final assembly are increasingly becoming part of the quality checklist.

● Developing an alert system that flags any possible faults or failures as they happen. It can also be used in a feedback loop that improves products and processes over time.

● Evolving beyond testing individual products and becoming an integral part of future “self-driving” factories.

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