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 Alicona, the market leader in Optical Metrology and 3D Surface Metrology, has increased its surface metrology range with an automated measurement solution based on its range of measurement systems.
This automated system allows measure- ments to be made without human interven- tion and variability ensuring consistent, accu- rate and traceable results. Users have rights to control users to specific tasks.
The cobot software is integrated into the Alicona automation manager providing seamless programming for the measurement task. As the collaborative robot can be man- ually moved it allows the measurement cycle to be easily programmed in the “teach” mode, then the program can be stored for later use.
The “fingers” of the cobot are designed for each of the components and can be easily changed when different components are required to be measured.
The results can be compared against CAD data, or a golden product, and the user can be presented with a go-no go result via a traffic light display system.
Components that fail or pass the inspection criteria are placed in appropriate racks to either continue the process or be returned for re-work or for scrap where necessary.
In conjunction with the InfiniteFocus SL the system can be used to measure features such as topographic “Z” data, XY data, small radii plus surface finish on part components.
When used with the InfiniteFocus G5 equipped with a rotating platform, circular or cylindrical components can also be meas- ured.
The systems are ideally suited for the in- process measurement of small batches of precision engineered components for geo- metric and surface finish measurement.
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One of the world’s leading ’in-machine’ measurement specialists is celebrating two big birthdays in 2018, with its UK operation 18 years-old and its German parent reaching half a century.
Blum-Novotest, which employs eight people at its offices in East Staffordshire, is marking the double anniversary in style after securing three new orders for its recently launched LC50, the next generation of laser measure- ment and the latest addition to its hugely successful DIGILOG family.
Customers involved in automotive, F1 and aerospace have already invested in the new technology, which uses premium laser optics, a new design shutter protection sys- tem and HPC nozzle to provide ‘ultra-reli- able’ in-machine measurement data.
Bosses at the firm expect this new product to generate over £500,000 of additional
The LC50 - the next generation laser measurement from Blum-Novotest.
orders over the next two years, with the main interest coming from manufacturers supplying high value parts.
“We started out as a one-man engineering office when founder Günther Blum combined his studies in aerospace engineering with design work for machine tool manufacturers, eventually leading to him starting his own company in Schmalegg, near Ravensburg
in South West Germany,” explained David Mold, who founded the UK subsidiary
in 2000.
“The company has come a long way in 50 years and is now seen as a global market leader, employing close on 550 people across 16 different world-wide operations.”
He went on to add: “Interest in our measur- ing capabilities is growing in the UK and we expect to double turnover this year, with more companies choosing to measure the accuracy of the spindle and the part whilst positioned in the machine.”
Blum-Novotest is one of the global leaders in production metrology, offering laser con- trol, tool setting probes, workpiece probes, roughness gauges, bore gauges and DIG- ILOG touch probes.
For further information, please visit or follow @Blumnovotestuk on twitter.

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