Unlocking the Possibilities of 3D Measurement
Mechanized production is vitally important for many industries and businesses. As the demand for automated processes increases, so does the need for quick, reliable, and low-cost solutions to keep machinery constantly running. 3D measurement, imaging, and realization solutions have achieved this by enabling maintenance professionals to combine the physical world with digital and develop more effective and efficient maintenance techniques. This blog explores the power and potential of 3D measurements for machinery by discussing the advantages and presenting a use case on the procedure.
First and foremost, 3D measurements are cost effective. Digitally imaging the machine and its components allows significant reduction of time and energy that comes with physically checking parts. This results in decreased time to market and increased production volume, leading to cost reductions in overhead. Additionally, 3D imaging can be done from a computer, thereby drastically reducing any safety issues related to physical inspection.
Another advantage is accuracy. Traditional maintenance protocols require physical measurements be taken for each component. This type of manual measurement is time consuming and subject to human miscalculation and error. Furthermore, computer imaging and digital measurement methods are far more accurate, to the sub-millimeter level, and therefore more reliable, particularly when dealing with high precision parts and components; ultimately leading to better quality maintenance and a higher degree of quality control.
Last but not least is speed. Most machines have many parts and the process of manually inspecting them often takes hours. 3D measuring and imaging expedites these inspections and can be done in a fraction of the time. This allows maintenance professionals to complete this task and move on to the next.
Putting 3D measurement and imaging solutions in perspective, consider the example of a hybrid manufacturing facility. In this facility, machinery parts and components are not physically measured; instead, 3D imaging instrumentation measures each part’s dimensions and compares them to their respective nominals. If any discrepancies exist, alerts are sent to supervisors, and employees take preventive measures to maintain quality assurance.
To summarize; 3D measurement, imaging, and realization solutions offer many advantages for machinery maintenance and quality control. Through cost savings, accuracy, and speed, 3D solutions bridge the gap between physical and digital worlds; enabling maintenance professionals to make more efficient and effective decisions. As described above, when implemented properly, this solution can be a powerful tool and play a crucial role in maximizing production.