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Improving automated quality control GOM mbH has been a forerunner in the field of precise industrial 3D metrology since its foundation in 1990. At the AUTOMATICA 2016, the Braunschweig-based company will introduce some of their new optical measurement technology milestones. TEXT: NANE STEINHOFF I PHOTOS: GOM
Optical measuring technology and fullfield surface measurement systems have become standard tools within most industries as they provide invaluable data and results for quality control in modern product development and production process chains. In Braunschweig, in GOM’s headquarters, more than 100 engineers, mathematicians and scientists shape the measuring technology of the present and the future to improve product quality and to speed up product development and manufacturing processes. Gesellschaft für Optische Messtechnik (GOM) is a global manufacturer that develops, produces and distributes machines, software and systems for industrial and automated optical 3D coordinate measuring technology and 3D testing, based on 84 | Issue 39 | June 2016
the latest research results and innovative technologies. With more than 60 international sites and an employee network of more than 1,000 metrology specialists, GOM is able to offer profound advice, as well as professional support and service to operators on-site. Its measuring systems are used in product development, quality assurance or material and component testing at various international companies from the automotive, aviation, aerospace and consumer goods industries, as well as research institutions or universities. Companies using the GOM systems include Daimler, Volkswagen, Rolls-Royce, Bosch, Samsung and ZF. New milestones in optical 3D metrology One of the company’s most impressive products is the ATOS ScanBox, a
standalone measuring cell, which describes a standardised solution for automated quality control. It delivers automated full-field 3D measurement of small to large parts, comprehensive result visualisations and complete reporting. The ATOS ScanBox extends the conventional automated measurement routines, which are already established in tactile coordinate measurement rooms. With the ATOS ScanBox, GOM has combined their knowledge of automated metrology with non-contact and fullfield 3D geometry inspection into turnkey measuring machines for different applications and part sizes, from plastic gears to complete car bodies. As it does not have to be installed permanently, it is also flexible in regards of its operation site. Furthermore, the ATOS ScanBox comes with all required hardware, software, safety devices and documentation as well as with worldwide customer services. The measurement and inspection processes up to comprehensive reportings are ful-
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