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Universal Metrology Automation®

Automated Factory Inspection

The Universal Metrology Automation® (UMA) Smart Station is used for mobile inspection in factories that are looking to remove the bottleneck of quality control in production processes.

Blue Light Scanning

3D Infotech’s Universal Metrology Automation platform allows the use of a variety of structured light scanners.  Our systems support scanners from many different hardware manufacturers.  Depending on the customer's part complexity, surface finish and size, 3D Infotech can guide in the selection of the right 3D scanner.  

Each scanner has its own data capture software utility.  3D Infotech has invested in directly integrating each scanner into its Streamline software.  Within Streamline, the operator has the option to select a scanner type and data capture settings appropriate for that scanner.  Whether you are scanning large aerospace parts, medium size automotive parts or small electronic components, 3D Infotech can assist in identifying the right structured light scanner.  For highly reflective surfaces, blue light scanning is supported.

Rapid Deployment

With the emergence of robotics and motion control systems, most inspection processes can be automated. Companies that are aware of these technological advancements are eager to deploy automated systems, but they don’t know where to begin. Additionally, the selection of the right hardware and software is confusing and time-consuming. This can often lead to frustration and cost over-runs.

3D Infotech’s UMA is the perfect answer that enables customers to be up and running in a matter of days versus months or years. Simply configure and deploy proven solutions, rather than spend hundreds of hours programming custom systems, which may be like running an experiment.

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Laser Scanning

With laser scanning, real-time high-speed data capture is possible while the part or robot is moving. This can be extremely advantageous in certain manufacturing environments. Data can be visualized and sorted as it’s being collected, offering certain advantages over other methods of 3D scanning.

3D Infotech works with a variety of laser scanners, both red and blue, for measuring details on small parts as well as large surfaces. Typically, blue lasers are used for measuring details such as flush & gap, dimensions on circuit boards, and even detection of flaws in the surface finish. An array of red lasers can also be deployed to reduce overall scanning time for larger objects.


UMA Smart Cell


  • Speed - Faster cycle times compared to any other system.
  • Easy to use - You don’t need a specialized robot programmer, Streamline software provides an interactive common interface amongst all hardware.
  • Flexibility - Open design enables easy loading and unloading that can be scaled anytime. Not just another scan “box”.
  • Modular - Built on a modular industrial frame to enable design changes as production processes evolve.
  • Rapid deployment - Go live in days vs. months.
  • High accuracy - Measure parts up to 0.001” (0.025 mm).
  • Greatest value - Highest productivity and lowest cost compared to any other automated metrology system.
  • Built on standards - Components are easily available, supported and plug and play for the highest operational equipment effectiveness (OEE).
  • Safety - Inherently safe. Additional safety sensors are easily integrated to comply with your specic safety protocols.
  • Hybrid Metrology - Streamline supports the combination of 2D vision, 3D scanning, and contact probing devices.
  • Bi-directional control - Logic inputs and outputs to monitor and trigger using industry standards. Easily ties into PLC, SCADA, HMI, Interlock and other systems in the factory.

UMA Smart Station


  • Speed - 5 to 10 times faster compared to CMMs, arms, and scanners.
  • Easy to use - You don’t need a specialized robot programmer, Streamline software provides an interactive common interface amongst all hardware.
  • Portability - Ruggedized cart design allows mobility within the factory.
  • Rapid deployment - Go live in days vs. months.
  • High accuracy - Measure parts up to 0.001” (0.025 mm).
  • Greatest value - Highest productivity and lowest cost compared to any other automated metrology system.
  • Built on standards - Components are easily available, supported and can be replaced.
  • Collaborative - Robot is fully equipped to prevent accidental collisions.
  • Hybrid Metrology - Streamline supports the combination of 2D vision, 3D scanning, and contact probing devices.
  • Bi-directional control - Logic inputs and outputs to monitor and trigger using industry standards. Easily ties into PLC, SCADA, HMI, Interlock and other systems in the factory.

UMA Smart Desktop


  • Speed - 5 to 10 times faster compared to CMMs, arms, and scanners.
  • Easy to use - You don’t need a specialized robot programmer, Streamline software provides an interactive common interface amongst all hardware.
  • Portability - Ruggedized desktop design allows easy placement.
  • Rapid deployment - Go live in days vs. months.
  • High accuracy - Measure parts up to 0.001” (0.025 mm).
  • Greatest value - Highest productivity and lowest cost compared to any other automated metrology system.
  • Built on standards - Components are easily available, supported and can be replaced.
  • Two versions - Robot and Tower depending on the requirements.
  • Collaborative - Robot is fully equipped to prevent accidental collisions.
  • Hybrid Metrology - Streamline supports the combination of 2D vision, 3D scanning, and contact probing devices.
  • Bi-directional control - Logic inputs and outputs to monitor and trigger using industry standards. Easily ties into PLC, SCADA, HMI, Interlock and other systems in the factory.

UMA Ready Systems

These systems are ready to deploy with Streamline Software.

Feature UMA3 UMA5 UMA7 UMA10
3D Scanner support Creaform HandySCAN, LMI Technologies Gocator, Artec Spider Creaform HandySCAN, Creaform MetraSCAN, LMI Technologies Gocator, Artec Spider, Faro Cobalt Creaform HandySCAN, Creaform MetraSCAN, LMI Technologies Gocator, Artec Spider, Faro Cobalt, Zeiss Comet Creaform HandySCAN, Creaform MetraSCAN, LMI Technologies Gocator, Artec Spider, Faro Cobalt, Zeiss Comet
Robot brands Universal Robots, FANUC Universal Robots, FANUC Kuka LBR iiwa Universal Robots, FANUC, KUKA
Robot reach 0.5 - 0.7m 0.85m-1.2m 0.80m-0.82m 1.30m
Robot payload 3kg 5kg 7-14kg 10kg
Additional axis support (e.g rotary, rails) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Collaborative option Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sensor types Laser & structured light Laser & structured light Laser & structured light Laser & structured light
Typical part size Small Medium Large X-Large
  • Part size is subjective, relative to the FOV of the 3d sensor, and reach of the robot.
  • Speed will depend on scanner, resolution, and settings.
  • Not all models of each brand of scanners and robots are guaranteed to be supported in this configuration.  3D Infotech will recommend the best option for each scenario.
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UMA Extended Systems

When a UMA Ready solution is not enough for your project, Streamline supports additional modules that extend the features and hardware supported.

Extended systems support the following features:

  • Multiple 3D sensors (arrays or different technologies and field of view)
  • Multiple motion control devices (rotary tables, linear rails, grippers)
  • Machine Vision and Photogrammetry
  • Enterprise Database Integration (ERP, QMS, PLM)
  • PLC Integration
  • Adaptive Manufacturing (grinding, scribing, deburring and drilling)
  • Safety Area Scanners and Laser Curtains
  • Automated Calibration
  • Optical CMM Probing
  • Alerts and Notifications

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