Feeding the ‘Big Data’ Machine

This article looks at the use of high precision 3D laser and CT scanning techniques to capture the data from the shop floor for as an initial step in the process.

The article, “Industry 4.0 Through Metrology’s Eyes,” reveals how an information stream from the shop floor to the top floor can be established and used to help shops capture data for use in Industry 4.0 analysis. Specifically, this article looks at the use of high precision 3D laser and CT scanning techniques to capture the data from the shop floor for as an initial step in the process.

On the shop floor, machined parts can be scanned with the acquired data points sent upstream for instant analysis. This analysis involves comparison with the CAD file, the CAM program, comparable machines in the shop, producing the same or similar parts and other actions that become part of an information data stream.

The new scanning techniques offered by today’s metrology can examine virtually any type of material, in any geometric configuration and compare it with the original CAD drawing to verify its accuracy. Increasingly, this metrology equipment is finding its way out of the inspection area and onto the shop floor.

Read the article here.