Hexagon Metrology

IMTS 2012: Next-Generation Metrology Software

Aug. 20, 2012
New feature eliminates potential collisions of part and probe. Ability to “remember” current translation of assembled components New approach for searching features by ID, type, program sequence or time

Hexagon Metrology plans to launch PC-DMIS 2012 at IMTS, a new release of its metrology software that focuses on the collection, evaluation, management and presentation of manufacturing data to reduce scrap, improve throughput, reduce costs, and build lean manufacturing operations.  PC-DMIS 2012 presents a significant new feature, ClearanceCube, which aims to eliminate potential collisions of part and probe.

ClearanceCube attaches a protective virtual envelope around the part being measured and guides the probe to avoid that area. The software automatically completes all safety moves so the operator can simply box-select a group of features, then use the Path Optimizer feature to determine the most effective path. Most importantly, the ClearanceCube is assigned to the selected feature, not the plan, which simplifies additions and changes to the inspection routine.

When inspection data is imported into CAD, PC-DMIS 2012 has the ability to “remember” the current translation of assembled components, so the CAD file does not need to be repositioned. Revisions to the CAD file prompt the Change Manager to highlight those design changes automatically. Another enhancement is the new Measurement Strategies for AutoFeatures. Users can scan planes, circles, cylinders and cones directly from the AutoFeature dialog box with automatic setting of speed, point density, and filtering parameters.

Sortable Features is another addition to the user interface, which provides a fast and easy way to search features by ID, type, program sequence or time in various dialog boxes.  The new Summary Mode enhancement adds intelligent, color-coded and symbolic text to avoid the time spent sorting through an inspection report for dimensional compliance. Specialized options are also available for customers with an Optiv vision system or those involved in the inspection of blades. 

“PC-DMIS 2012 is built around measurement plan efficiency for greater productivity,” stated Ken Woodbine, president of the PC-DMIS software division of Hexagon Metrology. “With more than 100 software enhancements, PC-DMIS moves far beyond run-of-the-mill inspection functionality, with automation and customization capabilities that anticipate and solve real world product development and quality control issues.” The new release is available for download for software maintenance agreement holders.

About the Author

Robert Brooks | Content Director

Robert Brooks has been a business-to-business reporter, writer, editor, and columnist for more than 20 years, specializing in the primary metal and basic manufacturing industries. His work has covered a wide range of topics, including process technology, resource development, material selection, product design, workforce development, and industrial market strategies, among others. Currently, he specializes in subjects related to metal component and product design, development, and manufacturing — including castings, forgings, machined parts, and fabrications.

Brooks is a graduate of Kenyon College (B.A. English, Political Science) and Emory University (M.A. English.)