Quality control at GEDIA: 3D coordinate measurement replaces tactile systems

11/2013The automotive supplier GEDIA is taking a new approach to quality control: The company is replacing measuring technology based on tactile systems and gauges with full-surface optical 3D coordinate measurement.

GEDIA, based in Attendorn, Germany, manufactures vehicle components. The changeover from traditional tactile systems to full-surface optical 3D coordinate measurement is being implemented worldwide at all production sites and at all relevant facilities, such as press shops, joining plants and assembly.

In order to manage rising output quantities and a constant increase in measuring requirements, GEDIA first invested in a mobile ATOS 3D scanner for full-surface optical 3D coordinate measurement. Used for measuring tools and forming dies, the manual ATOS system quickly demonstrated that it makes efficient tool corrections easier, and, as a result, fewer iterations are required before a tool is approved.

In order to make the process more flexible, and more efficient in terms of time and costs, GEDIA decided to utilize the ATOS ScanBox. The standardized measuring cell comes with all elements required for fully automated 3D digitizing and inspection. GEDIA's first ATOS ScanBox is in use for production-related quality control at the press shop in Attendorn. There, the cell has helped cut measuring times by more than half in comparison with previous tactile solutions. A second ATOS ScanBox is already in use to check the quality of the completely assembled rear end of a German premium car. A third ATOS ScanBox is planned for the press plant in Poland, and additional cells will soon follow for the sites in Spain and Hungary. In the future, GEDIA is going to equip all sites with optical measuring systems exclusively.

The complete application note in English is available as PDF.