Portable Arms Reduce Human Error on the Floor

As metrology moves increasingly closer to the production floor, portable coordinate measuring machines like the ROMERare becoming must-have instruments. Portable arms live up to their name: they are lightweight and easy to transport from one site to another or through factory floors. Unlike large footprint metrology equipment, it easily fits through doors and can work around the activity of any shop. Its latest version, the ROMER Absolute Arm, has improved on previous models by including an encoder that assigns an absolute value to the position of the tool’s joints. This means it’s simpler than ever to get precision results even from inexperienced operators.

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Minimal Training
Without the need to reference joint positions, the Absolute is a competitive tool when it comes to inspection speeds. Using it is as simple as taking it to the component and turning on the power. Thanks to its user-friendly design, operators only need a limited amount of training. It also features better ergonomics than previous models due its rotating hand held positions. It reduces stress on the operator and makes accurate results easier to obtain. A counterbalance to its weight also means operators are less likely to tire out from repetitive, load-bearing motions. When it comes to manual coordinate measurement, user fatigue is one of the leading causing of inaccuracy.

Laser Scanners
ROMERs can be equipped with any number of laser scanners, combining the exactitude of laser technology with flexibility. Laser scanners provide the geometry of the entire part and enable 3D imaging and reverse engineering. Digital inspection is an effective way to reduce costs and quicken deliverability. Third party scanners can easily be adapted to portable arms with the help of the right metrology experts so that businesses can always employ the technology that works for the job they need done.

Probe Recognition
One of the most versatile abilities offered by ROMER’s latest portable device is automatic probe recognition. Without having to re-calibrate, users can switch between hundreds of tactile probes and scanners seamlessly. You will always have the right probe for the application on hand, no matter what. The seamless transition between probes ensures accurate and quick results.

Supersize Parts
When you’re dealing with supersized components that are difficult to remove from the shop floor, let the inspections department come to the floor. You can hire contract metrologists such as Canadian Measurement-Metrology or, if you have the in-house ability, take your own ROMER to the component. Extendable arms can inspect areas much greater than their own span. That’s why they find some of their most useful applications in the automotive and aerospace industries. While contract shops like CMM can measure anything in their own facilities, they also have the ability to send equipment to your facility.

If you find yourself constantly outsourcing your measurements, it might be time to consider expanding your own metrology department. A smart way to start is with the portability and low training investments available from ROMERs.