Increasing quality requirements as well as high cost and time pressure affect the whole sheet metal industry nowadays. In order to fulfill these demands, design engineers, tool makers as well as specialists from research & development, production and quality control increasingly rely on optical measurement systems. This is what the exchange of experts revealed at the GOM Workshop "3D Metrology in Sheet Metal Forming Process Chains" on 20th May 2015 in Darmstadt, Germany. More than 160 specialists joined the industry meeting.
User presentations from VW Kassel, Salzgitter Mannesmann Forschung GmbH, and Wolf Werkzeuge GmbH demonstrated that 3D measurement techniques accelerate and optimize the entire process chain – from determining the sheet metal properties, via accelerating tool-try-out and first article inspection, up to series accompanying production control and trend analysis. The companies reported on shortened measurement and inspection times as well as cost savings compared to conventional tactile methods. According to users, the reason for this can be found in information density: 3D metrology allows full-field shape and dimension analysis; moreover, measurement and inspection processes can be automated.
Alongside the user presentations and the exchange of experiences, the GOM Workshop focused on the latest developments in 3D metrology as well as measurement and evaluation software.