“Everything can be measured”

EMO Hannover 2013 will be showcasing state-of-the-art image processing systems in a web-based production environment. Faster, more reliable, more accurate, more flexible – the requirements for the production metrology of the future are very demanding.. to be discovered in Hannover.
The EMO Hannover 2013 will be addressing all the trends of relevance for production operations, responsively showcased for the target groups involved under the motto of “Intelligence in Production”. One of the major focuses here will be how to handle information from measuring instruments in the web-based environment of Industry 4.0.

To work faster and more cost-efficiently
The net sees everything, knows everything and forgets nothing: via web-based customer portals, users can already obtain a complete picture of all the data from the measuring instruments and systems being deployed. Most of these portals are based on a service-oriented architecture, thus optimising operational behaviours and significantly shortening repair and maintenance time. Web-based information platforms enable present-day users to work faster and more cost-efficiently, benefiting from simplified access to all instrument information. Thus design engineers, R&D staff or purchasers can get all the data they need on their screens by barcode-scanning of the instruments involved.

With measured tread into the future
The EMO Hannover 2013 will show the direction in which production metrology is moving for the future, more or less with a “measured tread”. A working group of the VDI/VDE Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies (GMA) has already ventured a look into the future with its “Roadmap 2020 for Production Metrology”. It identifies four major focuses for future production operations.

  • Resource-efficient and transparent production processes
  • Quality
  • Productivity and
  • Flexible production (this includes workpiece detection, intelligent robot, gripper and safety engineering with image processing and image-based control)

More and more integrated
Particularly stringent requirements will apply here for process-integrated work-piece and tool measurements. The incorporation of metrological technology into the process ranges from sensors that are utilised directly by the machine concerned to autonomous metrological systems that are integrated via interfaces in the material and information flows of the industrial production processes involved.


PS: We will come back on integrated measuring systems in Eurotec soon.