Metrology & Industry 4.0
Deploying optical technology and process control solutions to the smart factory floor
When looking at the place of metrology in the “Fourth Industrial Revolution,” it is interesting to ponder whether industry 4.0 is being driven by developments in metrology or metrology developments are being driven by Industry 4.0.
Zygo suggests that metrology for production QA has been seen as akin to a necessary evil, a part of the product development process that ticks boxes, but does not directly add value. From this angle, it can be argued that metrology serves no other purpose than to catch failures within a production process. If the failures or short comings were not there, then the role of metrology would be redundant.
But in the modern world, metrology is the source of bucket loads of data, which can be used to fuel the systems used in a smart factory or Industry 4.0 environment, promoting true data-driven production.
Read the article describing the issue in detail in the August / September e-issue of PhotonicsViews, featured in the special compilation “Digital Tools, Design Software, Simulations”: Metrology Software
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