Purpose – This paper aims to describe a new optical geometrical inspection technique and its applications by Volvo Cars. Design/methodology/approach – The paper discusses the limitations of contact probe‐based coordinate measurement machines scanning, describes a new, laser‐based 3D geometrical scanning system developed jointly by Metris and Volvo, Ghent, and considers its applications and benefits. Findings – This shows that the 3D laser scanning system offers significant operational benefits over the conventional, contact probe‐based approach to geometrical inspection. It has been shown by Volvo to reduce the roll‐out time of an entire vehicle assembly process by up to ten weeks. Originality/value – This paper shows how the joint development and deployment of a laser‐based 3D scanning system has speeded up and improved the geometrical inspection of car components and finished vehicles.
Assembly Automation – Emerald Publishing
Published: Apr 18, 2008
Keywords: Lasers; Inspection; Assembly; Automotive industry
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