Step-up in portable scanning precision

Nikon Metrology’s new MCAx S articulated arm augments the company’s ModelMaker H120 with improved precision, user confidence and connectivity.

The device is suitable for use in the metrology lab, on the shop floor or in the field.

The combination of the ModelMaker H120 laser scanner with the new MCAx S articulated arm gives users even greater insight to improve quality, accelerate time-to-market and streamline manufacturing processes. Precision and user confidence is confirmed by system scanning and arm-probing accuracy certifications to ISO 10360-8 Annex D and ISO 10360-12 standards. The MCAx S arm further enhances the user experience by adding the ability to scan truly cable-free, through high-speed Wi-Fi connectivity and battery power, with absolutely no reduction in productivity.

Seamless integration with leading metrology software suites gives users the security of working within their chosen platform, enhancing existing workflows with shorter measurement times and greater understanding of critical quality issues.
The new MCAx S ranges in size from 2.0 to 4.5 m, and comprises three performance levels for user choice of optimal configuration. Compatibility with tripods and magnetic bases allows freedom to select the right mounting for the task in hand. Infinite rotation and seven-axis freedom of movement give unrestricted reach in and around parts, while thermal stability and advanced encoder technology eliminates warm up, reducing set-up and inspection time.

True multi-probing is offered. Alongside the scanner, tactile probes can be used in parallel to measure geometric features or hard to reach areas. Advances such as automatic intelligent pre-selection of scanner or probe, depending on type of measurement, enhances ease-of-use for full remote operation.

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Autonomous visual quality control

MusashiAI, a joint venture between SixAI Ltd of Israel and Musashi Seimitsu of Japan (a Honda Motor Corporation affiliate company), has launched its autonomous visual quality-control inspector, autonomous forklift driver and mobile robots fleet-management system.

Live trials of the technology were first announced in December 2019 at Musashi Seimitsu’s factory: a visual quality-control inspector for surface defects and an autonomous forklift driver robot coupled with an autonomous fleet-management system. The results of the trials have exceeded expectations and overcome technological barriers documented to date in the autonomous industrial robot market.

In addition to its initial commitment with an advance payment of $10m, Musashi Seimitsu is willing to expand the deployment of MusashiAI’s autonomous quality-control inspectors and autonomous forklift drivers in its factories globally, subject to the company meeting certain milestones in the development process.

In a further boost, MusashiAI has also secured a POC for its autonomous quality-control inspector with one of the world’s largest bearing manufacturers.

Human workers have traditionally been the mainstay of visual quality-control inspection when it comes to industrial products. This situation has prevailed because robots have not been able to surpass or even match the ability of humans to detect and identify surface defects quickly and accurately. MusashiAI’s team can customise the robots to suit the needs of individual customers The completion of live trials has confirmed that MusashiAI’s autonomous robotic visual inspector exceeds the speed, accuracy and stamina of human workers, reports the company.

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Ellis eyes expansion and growth

A specialist in cable-cleat manufacture, Ellis Patents, has invested £0.5m in a 25% expansion of its North Yorkshire headquarters, the main element of which is a new 10,000 sq ft warehouse.

While the new facility will be used primarily for assembly and storage, its construction has released 7000 sq ft of space in existing parts of Ellis’ premises. This space will be used to expand the company’s manufacturing facilities – a development that is seen as vital for future growth and improved business efficiency.

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