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Exact Metrology Holds Open House in Brookfield, Wisconsin

3D scanners from Exact Metrology engineering specialistsProduct demonstrations and technical presentations on 3D printing & CT scanning engage a large audience

On June 23, 2016, Exact Metrology held an open house at their Brookfield, Wisconsin location, showcasing its newest products in 3D printing and CT scanning equipment. The event was attended by a large number of people from several Midwestern states and a diverse range of business sectors, including manufacturing companies, civil engineering firms, municipalities, local artists and art museums.

Hosted by Dean Solberg, Exact Metrology co-president, the day included product demonstrations featuring the newest technology in 3D & CT scanners from Exact Metrology engineering specialists. Ten stations were set up throughout the facility, each demonstrating equipment from the top names in the industry and most of the equipment was available for hands-on use by the attendees. Products included the Romer measurement and scanning arm, Hexagon Q Flash, Leica tracker, Surphasers, ATOS II Blue Light Scanner, Artec Space Spider and Exact Metrology’s newest acquisition, the ProCon Compact CT scanner. Several attendees brought their own parts and had them scanned onsite, then 3D printed.

Running simultaneously throughout the day were several breakout sessions on: 3D systems (Geomagic Design X/Geomagic for Solidwork) presented by Mike Tsang; 3D Software Innovmetric (Polyworks) by Julien Thibodeau Gagne; and 3D printing by Mastergraphics demonstrated by Kevin Carr.

ProCon CT scannerAn especially impressive product demonstration included scanning a single grain of salt with the ProCon CT scanner. The scan picked up details as minute as the ridges in the salt grain, illustrating the scanner’s ability to capture the most precise details inside and out. CT scanning currently used by Exact technicians to examine injection molded parts, castings and forgings, evaluating porosity, grain structure, filament distribution etc. Data can be instantly compared to CAD files in the point cloud for assessment.

­­­­These high-definition CT imaging devices were, until recently, only available for use in the medical field. They now serve a wide range of product applications, including but not limited to, industrial, manufacturing & construction, power generation/nuclear, medical, aerospace and the arts, the latter already seeing applications in the detection of forgeries and sculpture structural integrity, as examples.

Exact Metrology offers a complete line of portable scanning and measurement technologies as well as contract measurement for 3D laser scanning services, reverse engineering services, non-contact inspection, metrology services and 3D digitizing. The company’s newest equipment includes a GE CT Scanner at its Cincinnati location, the first in America being used for industrial metrology rather than medical testing. Exact sells and rents metrology equipment solutions, in addition to providing testing as a service and application software training.

  • 3D laser scanning services
  • Exact Metrology offers a complete line of portable scanning

For more information on this event, please contact:

Dean Solberg
Exact Metrology, Inc.
20515 Industry Avenue
Brookfield, WI 53045
Phone: 262-533-0800
Local: 866-722-2600
www.exactmetrology.com
deans@exactmetrology.com

Exact Metrology is an ISO 9001:2008 Certified Company.

Exact Metrology, with facilities in Cincinnati and Milwaukee and affiliated offices throughout the Midwest, is a comprehensive metrology services provider, offering customers 3D and CT scanning, reverse engineering, quality inspection, product development and 2D drawings.   The company also provides turnkey metrology solutions, including equipment sales and lease/rental arrangements.  

 

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Exact Metrology Uses CT Scanning to Validate E-Lock Wiring Bobbin Postion

Customer needed post-assembly validation of fine wire configuration 

Scans of wire bobbin, showing precise path taken by 0.008” diameter wires inside; scan completed after final assembly of the unit, an inspection process not possible without CT scanning capability

Scans of wire bobbin, showing precise path taken by 0.008” diameter wires inside; scan completed after final assembly of the unit, an inspection process not possible without CT scanning capability

Exact Metrology, working at the company’s Brookfield, Wisconsin location, has successfully used its ProCon industrial CT scanning technology to validate the position of a wire configuration in the bobbin of an electronic lock assembly for one of its customers.

As techician Sean Plastine explains, “A customer came to us to verify the position of a 0.008” diameter wire inside its electronic lock assembly. The position of the wire could not previously be verified while the components of the lock were being assembled. Inspection of the wire bobbin after assembly was also impossible.”

By using its CT scanning technology on the completed lock assembly, Exact technicians were able to determine the wire’s precise position without the need for disassembly or other compromise on the finished article. Any deviation of the wire’s nominal position could be noted, allowing for subsequent changes in the assembly protocol, as needed.

The CT scan clearly shows the path that the wire pair follows inside the lock assembly.

Need to verify the location of a 0.008” dia copper wire in this approximate location

Need to verify the location of a 0.008” dia copper wire in this approximate location

Plastine adds, “We are very excited by the possibilities of this technology, as it’s opening new doors for our contract services at many existing and many more new customers.”

Exact Metrology is an ISO 9001:2008 and AS9100 Certified Company.

For more information on this application or to arrange a demonstration, please contact:

EXACT METROLOGY, INC.
Dean Solberg, President
20515 Industry Avenue
Brookfield, WI 53045
Phone: 262-533-0800
Local: 866-722-2600
www.exactmetrology.com
deans@exactmetrology.com

Exact Metrology, with facilities in Cincinnati and Milwaukee and affiliated offices throughout the Midwest, is a comprehensive metrology services provider, offering customers 3D and CT scanning, reverse engineering, quality inspection, product development assistance and 2D drawings. The company also provides turnkey metrology solutions, including equipment sales and lease/rental arrangements.

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Exact Metrology Holds Tech Expo with 3Dvision Technologies on 3D Scanning & 3D Printing

Product demonstrations and technical presentations from principals impress large crowd at dual open house

On March 17, 2016, Exact Metrology held a tech event in Cincinnati, Ohio with partner company, 3DVision Technologies at both of their offices. Held on St. Patrick’s Day, the event was cleverly titled “Lunch, Learn & Luck,” and had a “March Madness” theme with basketball games playing on multiple widescreen televisions. The event was attended by over 100 people from local area industries, including automotive, aerospace and consumer goods.

Co-Hosted by Steve Young, Exact Metrology co-founder and President, and Todd Majeski, President of 3DVision Technologies, the day included presentations and product demonstrations of the newest products transforming the manufacturing industry in 3D printing and 3D scanning. The informative event provided insight and hands-on experience, while displaying the newest technology that is reshaping the traditional manufacturing process.

The day began at 3D Vision Technologies office, (a provider of engineering solutions & 3D printing for manufacturing companies), with a presentation by Todd Majeski. Majeski discussed the company’s long-term partnership with Exact Metrology, and how both companies work together to improve processes, increase quality, and get their customer’s products to market faster through 3D scanning and reverse engineering. After several presentations and a question-and-answer session, attendees were welcomed into a showcase of 3D printer demonstrations and product displays of printed samples from miniature to lifesize versions, including a skateboard, helmet, and an automotive front grill.

The second part of the tech event was held at Exact Metrology’s office, conveniently located just a short walk away. Participants walked together and, after a St. Patrick’s Day themed lunch, began the afternoon session with a presentation by Steve Young. Young discussed the newest technology in CT (Computed Tomography) scanning systems, which allows users to not only scan the outside of a part, but to actually see inside of it without taking it apart, or damaging the item. Until recently, this technology was used primarily in the medical field but is creating much excitement within a variety of industrial markets now, as it enables manufacturers to check for defects, internal contact points after assembly, porosity and dimensional accuracy, comparing actual scans to point cloud data, CAD files etc. According to Young, this type of 3D scanning has been a “huge success” for his company, which he co-founded with Dean Solberg, who runs the company’s facility in the Milwaukee area.

Products displayed at the event included the P40 Leica Scanner, a long-range scanner, which, according to presenter Jacob Wallace, Processing Engineer at Exact, can be set up and ready to scan in 30 seconds. The scanner has a 150-meter range and will show everything in the surrounding area. Wallace recently scanned an entire office to make an accurate 3D model, complete with windows, doors, ceiling and wall thickness. Other uses of these long-range scanners include collecting topography of roadways (without stopping traffic) and large buildings of 500,000 square ft. or more, to collect information inside and outside of the building, all within a reasonable timeframe.

Inside a Playstation control, possible with the GE vtomex CT ScannerJosh Schradin, QA Manager, demonstrated the GE Vtomex M CT Scanner with a full rendering of a videogame controller he had previously scanned. Attendees were able to see internal components, including the smallest features on the circuit board. He explained how the scan could also be used to find defects or to process for reverse engineering.

Other products displayed and discussed at the expo were the Romer Absolute 77, an Articulated Arm with a Laser Line Scanner, the Atos Triple Scan, the Artec EVA Handheld Portable Scanner and the NDI ScanTrak Large Volume Laser Scanner.

Exact Metrology ended the afternoon with a St. Patrick’s Day raffle, with two lucky attendees winning a 48” high-def television and a MakerBot 3D printer.

Exact Metrology offers a complete line of portable scanning and measurement technologies as well as contract measurement for 3D laser scanning services, reverse engineering services, non-contact inspection, metrology services, 3D digitizing and training.

 

 

For more information on this new equipment, please contact:

EXACT METROLOGY, INC.
11575 Goldcoast Drive
Cincinnati, Ohio 45249
Phone: 513-831-6620
Toll Free: 866-722-2600
www.exactmetrology.com
stevey@exactmetrology.com
Steve Young, President

Exact Metrology is an ISO 9001:2008 Certified Company.

Exact Metrology, with facilities in Cincinnati and Milwaukee and affiliated offices throughout the Midwest, is a comprehensive metrology services provider, offering customers 3D scanning, reverse engineering, quality inspection, product development and 2D drawings. The company also provides turnkey metrology solutions, including equipment sales and lease/rental arrangements.

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Exact Metrology Named Exclusive U.S. Distributor For Procon Industrial X-Ray Machines

Procon X-RAY GmBH, a leader in custom-designed industrial CT scanners, will be available in USA through Exact Metrology

November 30, 2015 – Exact Metrology announced today the signing of an agreement with ProCon X-Ray for exclusive rights to distribute the company’s product line throughout the USA.

ProCon, located in Germany, has been developing x-ray systems for non-destructive testing since 2004. The company is a state-of-the-art manufacturer of x-ray and CT (computed tomography) systems designed specifically for industrial applications.

ProCon offers several standard models, ranging from portable units and desktop models to full-size, stand-alone systems. Each of the company’s standard units can be customized to meet customer specific job requirements. The systems are all offered with high-resolution focus x-ray technology.

ProCon works directly with customers to determine the scope of requirements, then develops and designs a unit to meet the individual application needs. Units can be designed with multiple x-ray sources and multiple detector set-ups. This process results in customers obtaining exactly the type of metrology equipment required, without any unnecessary features. Turnaround time in production of the equipment is thereby reduced to a minimum. ProCon systems are also user-friendly and easy to use in operation, according to Exact VP Steve Young.

Exact Metrology offers a complete line of portable scanning and measurement technologies, as well as contract measurement for 2 and 3D laser scanning services, reverse engineering services, non-contact inspection, metrology services, 3D digitizing and training, plus its recently announced CT scanning services, usable by all types of manufacturing, packaging and product integrity concerns.

For more information on this agreement, please contact:

 

Steve Young, VP
Exact Metrology, Inc.
11575 Goldcoast Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45249
Local 513.831.6620
Toll Free 866.722.2600
www.exactmetrology.com
stevey@exactmetrology.com

Exact Metrology is an ISO 9001:2008 Certified Company.

Exact Metrology, with facilities in Cincinnati and Milwaukee and affiliated offices throughout the Midwest, is a comprehensive metrology services provider, offering customers 3D scanning, reverse engineering, quality inspection, product development and 2D drawings. The company also provides turnkey metrology solutions, including equipment sales and lease/rental arrangements.

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Exact Metrology Does 3D Scans Of South Lion At Chicago Art Institute

Scans to be used by Met-L-Flo to make miniature 3D printed models for FABTECH

_24A9222On September 16, 2015, for approximately three hours, Exact Metrology technicians performed a 3D scan of the huge South Lion that guards the entrance to the world-famous Chicago Art Institute. The subsequent STL file is being used by Chicago-based Met-L-Flo to generate 300 3D printed miniature lions, to be displayed and provided to visitors at the upcoming FABTECH show in Chicago, November 9-12.

_24A9064Using their Surphaser and ARTEC scanners, Exact technicians built a 3D image, which was displayed on a huge monitor for passersby to see. As part of this event, which was sponsored by FABTECH show management, FMA president and CEO Ed Youdell introduced Exact president Dean Solberg and Met-L-Flo president Carl Dekker, who both detailed the work their companies were doing to complete this unique and interesting project.

The South Lion, named Attitude of Defiance, was _24A9213originally sculpted by Edward Kemeys for the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago and stood on the steps of the Fine Arts Palace, which is today the Chicago Museum of Science & Industry.   Later that year, the lion and his “brother”, named On The Prowl, were recast in bronze and moved to the steps of the new Art Institute, where they’ve guarded the entrance to this day.

As Dean Solberg remarked, “We’re creating a file with millions of 3D data points that would allow the program to accurately recreate the lion at almost any size, whether on a conventional CNC machine tool or in the new 3D printing method being used by Carl (Dekker) and his team at Met-L-Flo. Dekker noted that 3D printing of one of the seven additive manufacturing techniques his company currently employs to make not only prototypes but also functional short run production parts.

_24A9309Local media and trade press were on hand at the event, which garnered TV coverage that evening in Chicago.

Exact Metrology will be exhibiting its various metrology equipment and services, including robotic articulation and its new CT scanning technology that allows precision examination of internal structures, during FABTECH.

Exact Metrology is an ISO 9001:2008 Certified Company.

Exact Metrology, with facilities in Cincinnati and Milwaukee and affiliated offices throughout the Midwest, is a comprehensive metrology services provider, offering customers 3D and CT scanning, reverse engineering, quality inspection, product development and 2D drawings.   The company also provides turnkey metrology solutions, including equipment sales and lease/rental arrangements.  

Click the link to view a video of the press conference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0qPVAI5z8Y

For more information on this event or to arrange a demonstration, please contact:

EXACT METROLOGY, INC.
Dean Solberg
20515 Industry Avenue
Brookfield, WI 53045
Phone: 262-533-0800
Local: 866-722-2600
www.exactmetrology.com
deans@exactmetrology.com

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Exact Metrology, with facilities in Cincinnati and Milwaukee and affiliated offices throughout the Midwest, is a comprehensive metrology services provider, offering customers 3D scanning, reverse engineering, quality inspection, product development and 2D drawings. The company also provides turnkey metrology solutions, including equipment sales and lease/rental arrangements. 

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Exact Metrology Partners With FABTECH 2015 and the Art Institute of Chicago for 3D Scanning and Printing of Historic Lions

Event will feature speakers from Exact Metrology, FABTECH and Met-L-Flo to discuss the art of manufacturing and other innovative technology showcased at FABTECH 2015

WHAT: FABTECH 2015, North America’s largest collaboration of technology, equipment and knowledge in the metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing industry, will bring 3D scanning technology to the steps of the Art Institute of Chicago on Sept. 16. Exact Metrology, a 3D scanning solutions company, will use its Surphaser technology – known for its high accuracy and scan data quality – to 3D scan the museum’s south lion by Edward L. Kemeys (1843-1907). The guardian lions have flanked the Art Institute’s iconic Michigan Avenue entrance for more than 100 years and have become a symbol of the museum and of the city.

Attendees will have the opportunity to witness Exact Metrology’s scanning technology firsthand and hear from industry leaders as they discuss the process and benefits of 3D scanning and printing. Additionally, speakers will provide a look at what other advanced manufacturing technology will be showcased at FABTECH 2015, taking place at Chicago’s McCormick Place, Nov. 9-12.

After the scan data is captured, Met-L-Flo will use it to print approximately 300 small-scale replicas of the lion, which will be on display and used as giveaways at FABTECH.

Following the brief press conference, representatives from FABTECH, the Art Institute, Exact Metrology and Met-L-Flo, Inc., will be available for interviews.

WHO: Dean Solberg, vice president, Exact Metrology

Ed Youdell, president and CEO (FMA), FABTECH

Carl Dekker, president, Met-L-Flo, Inc.

WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 16

9 a.m. – Press to arrive; photo opportunities

9:20 a.m. – Press conference

WHERE: The Art Institute of Chicago

111 South Michigan Ave.

Chicago, Il 60603-6110

Note: Press conference to take place on steps near the south lion, located in front of the Art Institute.

About Exact Metrology

Exact Metrology is an ISO 9001: 2008 certified company that offers contract measurement & scanning services, metrology equipment solutions, and hardware & software rentals. Its goal is to provide customers with a specifically tailored solution to their measuring needs. To accomplish this, it offers more options, more products and more experience.

About FABTECH

FABTECH is North America’s largest collaboration of technology, equipment and knowledge in the metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing industry. The event provides a powerfully aligned hands-on, face-to-face business growth experience, attracting more than 1,500 exhibitors and 40,000 attendees. The event is made possible by its five co-sponsors, all of whom representing the varied and diverse makeup of the manufacturing industry. They include SME, the American Welding Society (AWS), the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA), the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), and the Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI). Read more about FABTECH’s co-sponsors here.

About the Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago collects, preserves and interprets works of art of the highest quality, representing the world’s diverse artistic traditions, for the inspiration and education of the public and in accordance with our profession’s highest ethical standards and practices.

 

About Met-L-Flo Inc.

Met-L-Flo, Inc., is a contract manufacturer specializing in 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing services since 1991. It strives to partner with clients to implement innovative solutions for their product development and low volume production needs. Advanced applications of its technologies enable it to boost clients’ competitiveness and enhance product success. Its commitment to Quality is solidified in the company’s ITAR, ISO 9000 and AS 9100 Rev C Certifications.

As a leader in the industry, it prides itself on creating innovative, unconventional solutions that utilize both tool and tool-less applications. Products may be produced in metal, plastic, silicone, or wax including fiber reinforcement

For more information on the event, please contact:

EXACT METROLOGY, INC.
11575 Goldcoast Drive
Cincinnati, Ohio 45249
Phone:  513-831-6620
Toll Free:  866-722-2600
www.exactmetrology.com
stevey@exactmetrology.com
Steve Young, President
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Exact Metrology, with facilities in Cincinnati and Milwaukee and affiliated offices throughout the Midwest, is a comprehensive metrology services provider, offering customers 3D scanning, reverse engineering, quality inspection, product development and 2D drawings.   The company also provides turnkey metrology solutions, including equipment sales and lease/rental arrangements. 

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An Inside Look at CT Scanning

First application of CT scanning for metrology in America involves aluminum casting

Josh Schradin, one of the 3D Scanning specialists at Exact Metrology’s Cincinnati facility, recently completed a CT Scanning project involving aluminum castings measuring approximately 12” x 6” x 6” and weighing 10 to 15 pounds.

CT scanning for aluminum casting | Exact MetrologyThe company’s new Metrology Grade GE v|tome|x 300 CT Scanner, with Nanofocus Tube (180kV/15 W) and Microfocus Tube (300kV/500W), is equipped to “look inside” aluminum to a wall thickness or total amount of material of six to seven inches, or steel to a wall thickness or total amount of material of one inch.

First application of CT scanning for metrology in America involves aluminum casting | Exact Metrology
For this particular job, which represents the first use of CT scanning for metrology in America, the client was interested in wall thickness inspection as well as porosity and void analysis. The blue paint visible in some of the images was applied by the customer to indicate stress areas where leaking or breaking was suspected. Josh Schradin performed three stacked scans, each taking only about 30 minutes, to capture the entire casting. The result of the scans revealed the voids (legitimate holes) and highlighted the most serious problem areas in red-to-pink shadings.

CT scanning for porosity and void analysis | Exact Metrology

In addition to offering the only method to get 3D views inside a part, another primary benefit of the Exact Metrology CT scanning is the true dimensional data provided in a non-destructive test manner, i.e. without cutting up or otherwise destroying the test object.

The workpiece (casting) was rotated 360 degrees in the x-ray beam’s path, with multiple readings from various angles being taken. Once the CT grey scale images were converted into voxel-based 3D point clouds, Schradin was able to generate a CAD-to-Part comparison for the customer.

If interested parties have a need for Internal Defect Analysis/3D Quantitative Porosity Analysis, Materials Structure Analysis or Assembly Control, CT Scanning (Industrial X-ray), Exact Metrology invites inquiries for immediate assistance.

Exact Metrology is an ISO 9001:2008 Certified Company.

To see videos on this new scanner’s capabilities, please visit:

VG GE casting analysis with CT hi-res at Exact Metrology

http://youtu.be/DfRV-JzFlUo

v | tome | x m CT scanner at Exact Metrology

http://youtu.be/-PVlS7TYbks

For more information on this new system or to arrange a demonstration, please contact:

EXACT METROLOGY, INC.
11575 Goldcoast Drive
Cincinnati, Ohio 45249
Phone:  513-831-6620
Toll Free:  866-722-2600
www.exactmetrology.com
stevey@exactmetrology.com
Steve Young, President
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Exact Metrology, with facilities in Cincinnati and Milwaukee and affiliated offices throughout the Midwest, is a comprehensive metrology services provider, offering customers 3D scanning, reverse engineering, quality inspection, product development and 2D drawings.   The company also provides turnkey metrology solutions, including equipment sales and lease/rental arrangements. 

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Take A Look Inside! Exact Metrology Opens Its Doors

Product demonstrations and technical presentations from principals impress large crowd

On May 14, 2015, Exact Metrology held an open house at its Brookfield, Wisconsin facility and the event was attended by over 125 local area companies, comprising quality assessment, design engineering and management personnel from many of the leading manufacturers in the region. Hosted by company co-president Dean Solberg, the day included ongoing product demonstrations of the various metrology equipment brands offered for sale, lease and rental by Exact, as well as the testing procedures provided as a service by this unique metrology supplier.

Exact Metrology | Open House

Services on display at the Brookfield open house included 3D scanning, reverse engineering, quality inspection, instant scan-to-CAD comparison and a full suite of PolyWorks software solutions. Equipment shown at the event included Aicon 3D systems, Breuckmann 3D scanners, Leica Geosystems, Romer and Hexagon brands of scanning devices and related hardware, all of which were available for hands-on use by event attendees.

A new product of great interest to attendees was the Breuckmann steroScan, a flexible scanning system for precise 3D digitization and metrology. Applications for this product include quality inspection, reverse engineering, rapid prototyping, deformation analysis and digital documentation. Because of the adjustable focal length of the scanner, products from small components up to large sections of automotive and aircraft parts can be scanned with high resolution and accuracy. Breuckmann is a company of Aicon 3D Systems.

During the event, technical presentations were made by Aicon, PolyWorks by InnovMetric and Exact personnel on the newest advancements in 3D scanning technologies. The presentations were given to a “full house” of interested attendees.

As Dean Solberg commented, “We seek to find the right combination of equipment and services to suit the applications and challenges presented by our customers. In some cases, it’s a matter of matching the right standard equipment to the job, while at other times we bring custom solutions and services to our customers, whether they buy, lease, rent or simply use our services to achieve the desired results on projects.” Solberg credited his staff of metrology engineers, technicians and customer service personnel for their hard work, dedication and adaptability in seeking their correct solution to all customer challenges.

Exact Metrology is an ISO 9001:2008 Certified Company.

For more information on this new system, please contact:

EXACT METROLOGY, INC.
Dean Solberg
20515 Industry Avenue
Brookfield, WI 53045
Phone: 262-533-0800
Local: 866-722-2600
www.exactmetrology.com
deans@exactmetrology.com

Exact Metrology, with facilities in Cincinnati and Milwaukee and affiliated offices throughout the Midwest, is a comprehensive metrology services provider, offering customers 3D scanning, reverse engineering, quality inspection, product development and 2D drawings. The company also provides turnkey metrology solutions, including equipment sales and lease/rental arrangements.

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Project Puts Exact Metrology On The 3D Map With Fermilab

High precision 3D mapping supports installation of a new beam transport line for scientific research

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), America’s premier high-energy particle accelerator laboratory, in Batavia, Illinois, collaborates with scientists from around the world to perform pioneering research, operate world-leading particle accelerators, plus experiment and develop technologies for science supporting U.S. industry.

In 2014, Fermilab contracted Exact Metrology to work on a project known by its location as “Main Injector Ring Section MI-10.” Horst Friedsam, Head of the Alignment & Metrology Department at Fermilab, led the week-long project with Exact Metrology, which involved 3D mapping of existing equipment in order to yield data to support the placement and installation of an additional beam transport line.

Exact Metrology performed the scanning in section 10 of the Main Injector Accelerator, which is situated in a tunnel about 10 m below ground with a circumference of approximately two miles. The Main Injector accelerates a proton particle beam, arriving from the 8 GeV (Giga-electron-Volts) Booster, to 120 GeV and subsequently blasts it into a stationary target to generate the world’s highest intensity neutrino beams.

Recently, Fermilab has been working on a new Deep Underground Neutrino Project (DUNE) to provide a neutrino beam to the Homestake Mine in South Dakota. This project features access to research facilities 2 miles below ground, which is ideal for neutrino experiments requiring shielding from cosmic ray events. In order to deliver a neutrino beam to the DUNE, a new beam transport line that fits within the existing beam line infrastructure was required. As a result, data scanning, full CAD modeling and photo overlays of a large section of the currently installed Main Injector equipment was needed. The collected data were crucial for the design of new beam elements and visualizing interferences with existing components.

3D Map will help Fermilab install a new beam transport line | Exact Metrology

3D Map will help Fermilab install a new beam transport line

The Alignment & Metrology Department maintained a high precision control network throughout the laboratory complex. For the scanning process, a Leica ScanStation P20 ultra-high speed 3D Scanner was used in conjunction with special laser scanner targets, modified to fit within the existing control network points. Exact Metrology’s Leica ScanStation P20 was chosen for its combination of high accuracy and low scan noise, plus its industry-leading environmental specifications for industrial as-built documentation. The software chosen to aid the process was Leica Cyclone, producing TruView—a web-enabled panoramic point viewer allowing the user to view, pan, zoom, measure and mark up point cloud data over the web. Additionally, RSL300 laser scanner target markers from Berntsen International Inc. were mounted concentric to 1.5” radius steel half spheres interfacing with Exact Metrology’s laser tracker nests. The coordinates of the control network, determined at the millimeter level, were provided to Exact Metrology to globally register all scans relative to Fermilab’s system. Thus, the end product provides information for all scanned objects in the common coordinate system used for the entire Fermilab site.

Fermilab has a long-existing relationship with Exact Metrology, having purchased and rented equipment from their instrument pool plus contracted for metrology services as on-site work, such as this scan.

Exact Metrology is an ISO 9001:2008 Certified Company.

ExactMetrologyLOGOExact Metrology, with facilities in Cincinnati and Milwaukee and affiliated offices throughout the Midwest, is a comprehensive metrology services provider, offering customers 3D scanning, reverse engineering, quality inspection, product development and 2D drawings. The company also provides turnkey metrology solutions, including equipment sales and lease/rental arrangements.

For more information on this new system, please contact:

EXACT METROLOGY, INC.
11575 Goldcoast Drive
Cincinnati, Ohio 45249
Phone: 513-831-6620
Toll Free: 866-722-2600
www.exactmetrology.com
stevey@exactmetrology.com
Steve Young, President

Or

EXACT METROLOGY, INC.
Dean Solberg
20515 Industry Avenue
Brookfield, WI 53045
Phone: 262-533-0800
Local: 866-722-2600
www.exactmetrology.com
deans@exactmetrology.com

Or

FERMI NATIONAL ACCELERATOR LABORATORY (FERMILAB)
1117 N Washington Ave
Batavia, IL 60510
Phone: 630-840-2787
Horst Friedsam

Exact Metrology, with facilities in Cincinnati and Milwaukee and affiliated offices throughout the Midwest, is a comprehensive metrology services provider, offering customers 3D scanning, reverse engineering, quality inspection, product development and 2D drawings. The company also provides turnkey metrology solutions, including equipment sales and lease/rental arrangements.

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