Q-PLUS Labs Unveils Multi Sensor Measurement Instrument
CA, Sep 3, 2009 - Q-PLUS Labs, founded in 1987, today announced introduction
of its new automated multi-sensor measurement solution for metrology. “This
new initiative,” explained Michael D. Knicker, President of Q-PLUS Labs, “s
a co-development project with partner Starrett Kinemetric, a leading
manufacturer of advanced metrology systems.”
process coordinates the large variety of part measurement protocols that
require different sensors for proper measurement. “Up until now,” said Mr.
Knicker, “this has necessitated the use of several different, costly
measurement instruments. Now these measurements can be performed
automatically on a single multi-sensor measuring system including
non-contact vision, touch probe and metrology-class laser.”
Q_PLUS Labs is a specialized dimensional measurement laboratory. In its
role, the company’s metrology specialists and engineers have the opportunity
to work with customers and partners to pioneer and refine technology
solutions. “It is part of constantly moving the bar higher to create more
precise, reliable, efficient tools,” Mr. Knicker explained.
Q-PLUS Labs has integrated high-powered point cloud processing software
with the multi-sensor system to facilitate the processing of the massive
amounts of high resolution 3D data produced using the laser and other
sensors. “This is especially important as product definition continues to
move toward 3D CAD models and away from 2D paper drawings,” Mr. Knicker
Once 3D data is obtained and recorded, the machine continues to perform
measurements, while the part is advanced to the next stage of production.
Simultaneously, specialized point cloud software runs programmed virtual
measurements on the data producing a detailed 3D inspection report.
Data collected utilizing the new process can also be reverse engineered
into a “smart” (dimension-driven) 3D CAD model. “What this means is enhanced
capabilities and faster results at a fraction of the cost,” said Mr. Knicker.
This advanced system, which can be used for nearly any kind of manufactured
part, is a big leap toward what Mr. Knicker refers to as the “Holy Grail of
Q-PLUS Labs utilizes this process in its own measurement services lab.
“This is just one of the many exciting new technology advances we are
seeing,” Mr. Knicker said. “We expect significant impact on the way things
are done from a quality perspective over the next year.”
For additional information on complete system capabilities, as well as
Q-PLUS Labs and its wide array of dimensional measurement services, visit
the company’s website at
www.qpluslabs.com, or call 949-380-7758.
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