The Importance of Scanning and Inspection in Production Schedules

This article takes a look at the significance of part scanning and inspection within the overall production schedule. According to Greg Hetzler, Laser Design, the common industrial goal is to decrease manufacturing times and minimize production costs.

Why is Efficient Industrial Part Inspection So Crucial to Manufacturers?

Be it for automotive, aerospace, medical devices or consumer electronics – there is a common goal to decrease manufacturing times and minimize the overall production costs so that time-to-market goals can be realized.

Companies aiming to achieve overall reductions in terms of time and cost, as well as deliver products more quickly, should look beyond the production stage and across the end-to-end workflow – from design through to delivery stage. A key aspect of this is quality assurance, and within that, industrial parts inspection.

Whether for incoming and outgoing parts inspection on the production floor, in-process quality assurance, engineering environment or the metrology lab, the need for increased speed from the development cycle to enhance time-to-market is the main objective among manufacturers. This objective can be met through efficient part inspection.

There has been an Increase Towards 3D Scanning and Measurement in Part Inspection. This Must Make Things Easier for Manufacturers?

That's right. This is a move that is becoming more commonplace, but the performance capabilities and attributes of the various options available for this specific application also vary considerably.

The win-win situation comes from any system that meets the exact functional requirement demanded of it and also provides the required information incredibly quickly, accurately and via an extremely user-friendly process. The latter aspects cannot be achieved in every situation and this can impact the ability to provide the much needed reduction in costs and time.

3D Scanning and Measurement

For instance, while the conventional and extensively-used coordinate measuring machine (CMM)-type systems are extremely accurate, they are traditionally slow and difficult to program.

So It’s About Finding Speed and Simplicity Without Compromising Accuracy?

This is precisely true – and the good news is that latest technology developments in 3D inspection and scanning have made it possible to resolve the challenge of attaining speed, accuracy and simplicity at the same time.

It would be worthwhile for manufacturers to do their homework and research the latest systems.

How Does Your Own Technology Address the Needs that You’ve Outlined?

When it comes to the inspection and scanning needs of CyberOptics’ customers, the company is dealing with some of the most complex 3D shape manufacturing applications in the world. To keep up with these requirements, CyberOptics recently launched the CyberGage360, which is believed to set itself apart from other products available on the market in terms of measurement and high accuracy scanning of complex parts.


The new-generation CyberGage360 is a one-button, automated, ultra-fast metrology-grade 3D scanning and inspection system, which is literally as easy to operate as a microwave oven. The system does not require complex programming, and therefore it is no exaggeration to say that anyone can be trained to operate it in just one hour.

A Microwave for Quality Assurance – That Sounds Interesting, How Does It Work?

The CyberGage 360 system performs a highly precise 360 degree 3D scan of intricate parts, accurate to seven microns* and automatically generates a full 3D inspection report in just three to five minutes. During the process, the system can collect 10 to 20 million data points (XYZ coordinates) – a truly simple operation to accomplish a highly complex inspection.

How Exactly is it Able to Save so Much Time Compared to Alternative Solutions Like CMM Systems?

The fixtureless design of the CyberGage 360 is an important reason. The part does not have to be mechanically affixed or users no longer have to turn it over during scanning to capture both top and bottom geometry. The CyberGage360 system captures from top to bottom in a single pass. It rotates the part to scan from different orientations, gathering all data in a mechanically precise way into one coordinate system.

So, Why is This Time-Saving So Important to Manufacturers?

Thanks to the ability to access key data in just a few minutes, any important design changes can be applied much more rapidly. In turn, this supports the drive to get products to the market faster. A main focus of any manufacturer is to reduce or eliminate the unnecessary cost and time across the design and production processes.

From speaking to its own customers, CyberOptics believes that a common but important quality assurance objective in meeting the goals is to keep a close watch on the parts so that quality criteria can be met. By doing this, wastage is reduced which translates to reduced material costs. In the meantime, production time is upheld, meaning things are developed to schedule and time-to-market goals are realized.

*0.007 mm+ L/10000

CyberOptics Corporation

This information has been sourced, reviewed and adapted from materials provided by CyberOptics Corporation.

For more information on this source, please visit CyberOptics Corporation.

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