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GOM Conference 2017: 3D Metrology is a Driving Force for Industry 4.0

The 13th GOM 3D Metrology Conference focused on digitization. More than 750 metrology experts from over 50 countries shared their experiences in the field of metrological automation solutions and virtual assembly analysis. Further key topics were optical 3D inspection of airfoils and materials testing.

Current trends in industrial optical 3D metrology
The international GOM 3D Metrology Conference took place at GOM’s headquarters in Braunschweig from September 26 to September 27. Referring to the leading subject “New Aspects in Industrial 3D Metrology, Inspection and Testing”, international speakers reported on how optical 3D metrology reduces development times and optimizes production processes. Metrology experts of renowned companies, such as Porsche, Canmet, GE Appliances, Rolls-Royce, Volkswagen, Sandvik, ThyssenKrupp Presta, Liebherr, Coloplast, Audi and Bentley, provided deep insights into their metrological processes and applications.

In addition, GOM presented latest hardware and software innovations for a smart production in a networked digital factory of the future. Another attraction were industry-specific blocks of lectures, the so-called Solution Tracks, providing compact expertise on specific topics. The diverse conference program was complemented by a technical exhibition and the GOM Factory Walk, which offered a look behind the scenes of the GOM headquarters that were newly built last year.

Increased efficiency with GOM systems
This year’s lectures revealed that GOM’s optical 3D measurement technology has become a standard in industrial environments. In product development, ATOS systems help to generate and analyze as much as information about processes and parts as possible before the production starts and thus improve the efficiency of the production process. Furthermore, GOM’s measuring systems accelerate quality control during ongoing production, as they are reliable in detecting deviations between the nominal data and CAD data. Also with respect to automation, GOM’s technology plays an important role: It allows automated, full-field 3D geometry checks in all process stages of production, thus constituting a key element of the production strategy of Industry 4.0.

Virtual assembly requires precise measuring data
The core topic of the entire lecture program were the technological challenges arising from virtual assembly: Measuring systems must not only be able to evaluate digital data in an automated and precise manner, but must also link the measuring data. This is where GOM’s 3D coordinate measuring machine ATOS ScanBox comes into use: It virtually combines the measuring results of several parts, allowing a central evaluation of measuring data. The advantages of the GOM technology can clearly be seen in press and body shops. Regardless of Meisterbock or Cubing, parts can be virtually analyzed based on 3D data. This results in significant time and cost savings along with an accelerated error analysis.
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