April 2009 - Level 3 Inspection

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Press Release – Automation Designer-Create New Inspections in Minutes

New Automation Designer in Geomagic Qualify 11 enables users to create new inspections in minutes
Innovative V11 features “set new standard for ease of use and productivity”
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., April 29, 2009 – Geomagic announces Geomagic Qualify 11, the latest version of its computer-aided inspection (CAI) software with a new Automation Designer that dramatically reduces the time it takes to create new inspections. Geomagic Qualify 11 will begin shipping on May 4 and is making its public debut next week in the Geomagic booth at Control 2009 in Stuttgart, Germany.
“The most demanding inspections can be designed and automated within minutes using Automation Designer, thanks to its drag-and-drop visual interface,” says John Lockhart, Geomagic Qualify product manager. “There’s no need for macros or any special programming. When something changes in your inspection workflow, be it the reference model or additional analysis that you want to perform, you can easily edit the process you have already designed.”
Easily migrate and test different inspection processes
Using the new Migrate Automation Wizard, existing inspection processes can be easily transferred between reference models for re-use when part designs change. Users simply load the new part and transfer their inspection steps, then Migrate Automation Wizard guides them in resolving areas of the inspection process that need further attention.
Geomagic Qualify 11 also includes options for constructing new features that enable users to simulate tab and slot alignment and define midpoints. With version 11, Geomagic Qualify and Studio are built from the same core technology, ensuring consistency among shared functions and file compatibility between the two applications.
Setting a new standard
“Geomagic Qualify 11 sets a new standard for ease-of-use and productivity in high-precision manufacturing inspection and design analysis,” says Scott McAfee, vice president of engineering at Level 3 Inspection, a leading provider of CAI services and systems for the aerospace industry. “The new automation features will save us time and enable us to quickly adapt inspection routines to new parts and applications, allowing us to deliver higher value to our clientele.”
Available in multiple languages
Geomagic Qualify 11 ships with both 32- and 64-bit editions on the CD, and supports English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese and Japanese languages. Customers with active maintenance can download the Qualify 11 upgrade from Geomagic’s portal:
About Geomagic Qualify
Geomagic Qualify takes advantage of digital shape sampling and processing (DSSP) to enable fast, easy-to-understand graphical comparisons between CAD models and as-built parts. It is used worldwide to save time and increase accuracy for first-article inspection, inline or shop-floor inspection, MRO, trend analysis, 2D and 3D dimensioning, and automated reporting. Geomagic Qualify is certified by PTB, ANFIA, and major customers such as Honeywell, Fiat, General Motors and Pratt & Whitney.
About Geomagic
Geomagic (www.geomagic.com) simplifies digital shape sampling and processing (DSSP) for more than 8,000 professionals in industries such as automotive, aerospace, medical devices and consumer products. The company’s products and services are used to enable mass customization with the same efficiency and cost as mass production, improve dental care with individually designed devices, speed time to market for consumer products, automate inspection for better quality in dramatically less time, increase safety for NASA shuttle missions, and optimize design for everything from racing cars to blimps. Geomagic has headquarters in Research Triangle Park, N.C., subsidiaries in Europe and Asia, and distributors worldwide.

Wax Dies

Wax Dies

In a product life cycle the largest investment is always the tooling, this is especially true in investment casting. Until now the actual geometry of the wax die has been largely unknown. Level 3 Inspection can use White Light Scanning (WLS) with computer-aided-inspection (CAI) to compare the wax die to the CAD model, other wax dies and scans of the same die taken over a period of time, to trend wear. This technology gives our customers a new and profound insight into the size shape and geometric conformance of wax dies that they have never had before. By inspecting and perfecting the actual wax die Level 3 can help their customers quantify shrink rates, identify problem areas in the die and bring better castings to market, faster than ever before.

Level 3 Inspection’s SmartCompare process gives their customers the ability to identify problems with a particular area of the part and focus efforts to improve problem areas without spending time and resources on areas that are known to be conforming. This is especially helpful when dealing with middle step products, such as wax dies. The ability to quickly compare the product mold to the nominal CAD model as well as the ability to compare multiple molds and multiple scans of the same mold over time gives Level 3 Inspection’s customers an advantage in regard to quality and time to market.

CMM captures only a few points in the time that WLS can capture hundreds of thousands, so Level 3 is able to do a more thorough inspection. The results are much more visual and therefore much more easily understood and interpreted.
Inspecting injection molded products with complex free form geometry poses some unique challenges and is difficult using a CMM system, which depends on points that to show whether or not the part is conforming within the allowable tolerance. Often, there is not enough point data to make an accurate comparison.
Level 3 Inspection’s customers are moving quickly to statistically based inspections in which the qualification is based not on a single piece, but on a sampling of parts, new part inspection would take much longer to complete without the ability to automate portions of the process.
Traditionally, studies based on a sampling of parts are done using CMM to generate metrics on dimensions for each part. This is a time-consuming process, since each part must be measured individually. Data is then typically transferred to an analytic program, evaluated, then published.

Level 3 is replacing the CMM-based process with automated trend analysis. Once a part is scanned and a report is saved, Level 3 can automatically generate portions of the capability studies defined by their customer or OEM specifications. Batch processing enables Level 3 to collect data and generate reports on a large number of parts. Statistical analysis tools allow Level 3 to compare parts for pre-defined factors such as repeatability, changes over time, and variations from part to part.

Speed is the key. Speed of inspection is always Level 3 Inspection’s main challenge. Everyone wants the results yesterday and our process is helping us deliver more complete results much quicker.
Contact us today to start getting superior inspection results in shorter time with easier understanding leading to higher confidence.