“Metrology isn’t everything – but without metrology nothing is anything …”

To ensure that innovative products are available in the desired quantity, quality assurance within the product creation process must never be the bottleneck. The METAV 2014 in Düsseldorf will be examining this issue from all aspects, and with the “Quality Road” forum will be looking at the latest trends and developments – after all, like health, “metrology isn’t everything, but without metrology nothing is anything!”

Fully automated 3D workpiece testing: the inline computer tomography utilises automatic robot placement for optimum integration into production lines. Photo: Zeiss, Oberkochen.
Fully automated 3D workpiece testing: the inline computer tomography utilises automatic robot placement for optimum integration into production lines. Photo: Zeiss, Oberkochen.

Practical quality assurance for optimising processes and products also possesses crucial importance in regard to Industry 4.0 and smart factories. The contribution made by modern-day metrology is succinctly summarised by Stephan Greulich, Sales Manager at Diatest Hermann Költgen GmbH, Darmstadt, as follows: “In metrological systems, information is generated that is of vital importance for quality assurance and thus for the product itself. To ensure that this information meets the stipulations of Industry 4.0 in regard to adaptability or resource-efficiency, it not only has to be acquired quickly, it also has to be promptly interpreted and translated into appropriate action.”

Industry 4.0 – it’s today
The influence that Industry 4.0 is having on the development of metrological equipment in industrial production operations is explained by Dr.-Ing. Dietrich Imkamp, Head of Visual Systems & Partner of Carl Zeiss Industrielle Messtechnik: “Worldwide industrial production processes, in which there is an unbroken trend towards high product quality, are characterised by globally interlinked production chains. In this situational environment, the exchange of information for assuring quality takes on ever-increasing importance.”

Intelligent systems help in quality monitoring
Nowadays, adds Andrzej Grzesiak, a manufacturing company “has to be able to respond swiftly to changes. Thanks to standardisation of the quality processes and the use of software tools, a higher degree of modularisation and flexibility can be achieved for metrological and testing technology. Intelligent systems process data decentrally, and are able to support staff in monitoring quality levels. This is not just futurological dreaming, it’s already possible today”. The Zeiss expert Grzesiak has high hopes of the “Quality Road” forum at the METAV 2014: “Here, in a dialogue between users, the challenges and opportunities of Industry 4.0 will be examined, and new options for modern-day testing and metrological technology mapped out.”

Quality Road Forum
In conjunction with the METAV 2014, around 30 companies will be showcasing the latest advances in the field of modern-day quality assurance under the aegis of the “Quality Road” forum in Hall 16. The Quality Road will be complemented by a series of talks.

  • What:  Quality Road at the METAV 2014 – Because quality assurance is the be-all and end-all
  • When: from 11 to 14 March 2014, from 11.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.
  • Where:  Hall 16, Stand D67
  • Registration: free of charge with a limited number of places available

For further information: Martin Göbel [email protected]
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