The future of manufacturing runs on data. This data enables deeper insights into manufacturing processes, higher quality standards, lean manufacturing initiatives, clearer communication and stronger work culture throughout an organization. These benefits are just a few of the values that come from embarking on a digital transformation journey.
What are the benefits of digital transformation in manufacturing?
Digital transformation is about optimizing instead of fixing. Undergoing a digital transformation optimizes efficiency in many areas, including greater worker efficiency, cross-organizational communication and collaboration, and asset uptime. That efficiency results in a faster time to market, less scrap, and higher employee retention, which in turn increases revenue and reduces downtime.
To begin a digital transformation, one of the first changes should be moving 2D processes into the 3D world. With digitized components, evaluation of a product design to ensure it fits together properly happens in a completely simulated environment. It`s possible to understand where changes should be made for quality, cost and performance before ever moving into a physical process. Evaluating these processes beforehand minimizes variation, eliminates waste and delivers a high-quality product with consistent, repeatable results.
Digitalization allows you to make faster decisions using reliable information that you won`t get with a 2D drawing or traditional process. Visual data makes it easier to communicate these problems to the necessary departments throughout your organization. Having all the information available in a format that`s easy to understand, even for someone without any special skills or training, promotes collaboration by making it easier to communicate problems and quickly come to a decision. That increase in responsiveness reduces downtime. Bringing your parts and processes into a digitized environment allows you to identify problems earlier and create an optimized, reliable and repeatable process that reduces the amount of waste resulting from producing bad parts, making digital transformation a key driver for successful lean manufacturing.
By measuring in 3D, part quality, safety and functionality improve through data visualization and 3D dimensional analysis. Visual data comprised of millions of precise 3D coordinate points from an accurate 3D scanner provide the intel needed to make decisions more quickly, streamlining product development, quality control, manufacturing, and production. Accurate data also enables various process simulations, such as mold flow simulation and digital assembly, supporting lean manufacturing initiatives.
ATOS ScanBox makes it possible: non-stop quality control
Automated optical 3D measuring machines accelerate your processes, identify sources of error at an early stage and ensure your competitiveness.
Many companies have to rethink their production and quality control processes due to customers’ increasing quality requirements for their parts, ever-more complex geometries or “just-in-time” production. Data aggregation and processing require high-performance 3D measuring systems as does measuring the parts at required speed. Many companies already use the ATOS ScanBox optical 3D measuring machine to generate these data directly in-line, thus saving costs and time.
The standardized ATOS ScanBox systems compare all of the part’s actual 3D coordinates with its CAD model or measurement plan specifications and generate inspection reports right next to the production line. The optical 3D measuring machines come in 11 different models for different applications and part sizes - from locking hooks to complete car bodies - and ensure fast automated measurements with optimum precision. The ATOS ScanBox systems deliver accurate and traceable results, guarantee high throughputs and are easy to operate thanks to an intuitive user interface and the virtual measuring room (VMR) as the central control and measurement planning software. This all-in-one solution covers all process steps from programming to automated digitization, inspection and reporting.
Five reasons for automated quality assurance
Shorter measuring times
Particularly for parts with complex geometries or free-form surfaces, ATOS ScanBox yields 50 - 80 % faster full-field measurements.
Plan your measurement sequences with just a few clicks and perform them with a fully automated procedure in the virtual measuring room (VMR) in GOM Inspect Pro.
The various ATOS ScanBox systems for different part sizes are complete systems that can be placed directly on the shop floor saving ways, time and costs.
Effective analysis tool
GOM Inspect Pro automatically generates GD&T information as well as trimming and hole positions – and is considered the industry standard for metrology software.
Powerful in many industries
ATOS ScanBox has established itself worldwide as the preferred measuring system for production control in a wide range of industries, such as automotive, aerospace or energy.
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