Focus Inspection 8.1 Features Automation And Turbine Blade Analysis

Leuven, March 9th 2006 - Metris announces the release of Focus Inspection 8.1 featuring Automation and Turbine Blade Inspection. This release also introduces important new features and improved functionality in all steps of the inspection workflow. Focus Inspection 8.1 will be presented during upcoming tradeshows including Technishow (Utrecht, March 15-18), Control France (Paris, March 27-30) and Westec (Los Angeles, March 27-30).

Focus Inspection 8.1 now automates the inspection process by running user-recorded macro’s or part programs. These macro’s are typically used to inspect multiple parts from an existing part database. The easy-to-use editor allows the user to adapt the automation process by varying or fine-tuning the process parameters.

A second important novelty in Focus Inspection 8.1 is the Turbine Blade Inspection module. This optional module has been developed in close cooperation with key turbine blade manufacturers and focuses on the inspection of typical turbine blade features such as maximum thickness, chordal length, trailing edge thickness and leading/trailing edge angles. Typical results such as bow, displacement, twist, and displacement factors are reported in user adaptable alignment and section reports.

Focus Inspection makes your inspection task easier and more productive. The unique user interface, composed of different worksheets, is easily customizable to reflect the inspection workflow. In this way the user is guided step by step through his inspection workflow. A typical workflow consists of importing the CAD and point cloud, meshing the point cloud, aligning, comparing to CAD, sectioning and reporting. Each step in the workflow contains its own dedicated set of toolbars with intuitive user icons. This adaptive way of working reduces training costs and enables proper handling by any user profile. The Focus platform, based on the latest ACIS® kernel, brings improved speed, pointcloud handling and data quality. This new kernel also improves the existing CAD importers, and now also supports direct interfaces to CATIA V4 / V5 and Pro/E files.

Focus Inspection 8.1 also introduces many novelties and improved functionality. The feature functionality is now completed with feature detection and inspection tools for points, hole, slot, cylinder, sphere, cone, plane. The alignment tools are extended with 2D best fit for sections, typically used in turbine blade applications.

The part-to-CAD compare functionality now also supports directional compare, allowing the user to perform virtual CMM measurements on the object. Other new functionalities, particularly used in sheet metal analysis are wall thickness and edge comparison.

The reporting module now also features GD&T annotation, parameterized dimensioning in automation and improved gap & step dimensioning. To enhance readability for detailed reporting, Focus inspection features large format print-outs.

About Metris

Metris designs, develops and markets a unique range of 3D hardware and software inspection systems for the automotive and aerospace sectors. The company offers world-class metrology solutions for both design and manufacturing communities. The comprehensive product family covers the full range of measurement volumes required by customers, in both fixed and portable configurations and with optical and touch sensors.
Metris provides best-in-class precision equipment and metrology solutions for classical CMM measurements featuring bridge and horizontal arm CMM’s.
Metris is the market leader for CMM based laser inspection, with the Metris LC and XC laser scanners offering full surface and feature measurement.
Metris Optical CMM’s are portable, hand-held coordinate measuring machines, with a proven track record in engineering, pre-production, and quality control applications. The Optical CMM’s can also be used in motion analysis and robot calibration applications.
Metris Handheld 3D Scanners are the best-in-class articulated arm scanners for inspection and reverse engineering.
The Metris Laser Radar is the top solution available to the manufacturing industry that provides a fully automated, non-contact measurement and inspection capability for large-volume applications of up to 60 meters.
The Metris Indoor GPS is a modular, large volume tracking system enabling factory-wide localization of multiple objects with metrology accuracy, applicable in manufacturing and assembly.
Metris completes its product portfolio with a full range of complementary software solutions for inspection and reverse engineering applications.
The Metris Headquarters are based in Leuven (Belgium) with additional production and development centers in UK (Derby, London) US (California, Detroit, Virginia), China, Russia, India and Bulgaria. Metris provides a worldwide network of sales and support offices located in Europe, Asia, and the United States.


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