IJAT Vol.9 No.5 pp. 558-566
doi: 10.20965/ijat.2015.p0558


High-Speed Measurement of Complex Shaped Parts at Elevated Temperature by Laser Triangulation

Alexander Schöch*1,*2, Alessandro Salvadori*1, Ivo Germann*3, Silvano Balemi*3, Carlo Bach*2, Andrea Ghiotti*1, Simone Carmignato*4, Andrea Lelio Maurizio*5, and Enrico Savio*1

*1Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Padua
Via Venezia 1, 35131 Padova, Italy

*2Institute for Production Metrology, Materials and Optics, NTB Interstate University of Applied Sciences of Technology Buchs
Werdenbergstr 4, 9471 Buchs, Switzerland

*3Zumbach Electronic AG
2552 Orpund, Switzerland

*4Department of Engineering and Management, University of Padua
Stradella S. Nicola, 3, 36100 Vicenza, Italy

*5Pietro Rosa TBM Srl
Via Petrarca 7, 33085 Maniago (PN), Italy

April 2, 2015
April 24, 2015
September 5, 2015
complex shape, online measurement, hot forged products, light-sectioning, 3D-measurement

The increasing quality expectations and the global competition push manufacturing industry to adopt strategies of lean manufacturing and precision engineering. In order to reach these aims it is necessary that the measuring process is integrated in the production chain to provide timely feedback for process control. Nowadays, however, forged products are typically measured after the cool-down process, which can take several hours. The advantages obtainable if forgings would be measured online are clear: deviations in the production process would be recognized earlier and the production process could be promptly adjusted. On-line measurement capabilities have the potential to reduce overall production costs and consequently are of interest to many forging industries, including those producing complex products such as turbine blades. Under these circumstances, the HOTGAUGE project was initiated: an international EUROSTARS project with the goal to develop a measuring system, capable of measuring freeform shaped parts at elevated temperature (approx. 800°C) directly after the forging step. The output of the measuring system is a 3D model of the hot part including temperature information. The 3D coordinate measuring system is composed by two main subsystems: a 2D laser-triangulation system capable to scan a complete section of the part, and a moving platform, which moves the part through the measuring plane. The architecture and the components of the measurement system as well as measurement results are presented in this paper.

Cite this article as:
A. Schöch, A. Salvadori, I. Germann, S. Balemi, C. Bach, A. Ghiotti, S. Carmignato, A. Maurizio, and E. Savio, “High-Speed Measurement of Complex Shaped Parts at Elevated Temperature by Laser Triangulation,” Int. J. Automation Technol., Vol.9, No.5, pp. 558-566, 2015.
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