At the MecSpe Exhibition, held in Parma, Italy, 26-28 March, the Macchine Utensili magazine and the Senaf-Tecniche Nuove Group launched the first edition of the Innovation in Production Systems Award. The inaugural award for absolute innovation recognised Hexagon Metrology for its 360° SIMS (Smart Inline Measurement Solutions) system, a fully-automated solution for dimensional quality and process control particularly suited to car body manufacturing plants .
A typical 360° SIMS installation consists of white light photogrammetry sensors mounted on industrial robots installed along a car body assembly line. A calibration procedure performed with special gauges and references, together with repeatable car body location devices, give the system the necessary accuracy to perform dimensional inspections. The speed at which the robot and sensor combination carries out measuring operations is compatible with the typical assembly line times, allowing real-time process control of up to 100% of production.
The award was presented to Mr Bruno Rolle and Mr Levio Valetti, General Manager and Marketing Manager of Hexagon Metrology Commercial Operation Italy respectively.