Integrated micro-manufacturing metrology
Start: May 2016
Advances in production technologies demand fast and accurate in-line metrology so that part inspection does not become a bottle-neck in the manufacturing process chain. However, many manufacturing industries still do not implement in-line metrology due to lack of available methods that can be conveniently adapted to their production systems. In-line metrology measures appropriate parameters immediately after the associated process step is finished. Therefore, modern production technology efficiency can be improved both in traditional and smart factories.
Many manufacturing companies are starting to adopt in-line metrology as a tool to address issues with the “fourth industrial revolution” (Industry 4.0); the platform for the factory of tomorrow. The project aims to develop a fast and accurate non-contact optical in-line metrology module for form and surface texture. Many aspects of precision design will be applied in the development of the module. In addition, calibration methods and a performance verification infrastructure will be developed to ensure the optical instrument’s traceability. Furthermore, the module will utilise smartphone-like electronics borrowed from the mobile phone industry that also incorporate wireless LAN features to ease integration and communication.
An inline metrology system inside the industry 4.0 framework