Case Study

Open Die Forging
Quality Control

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Case Study

Open Die Forging
Quality Control

3D Infotech, Inc.
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AUTOMOTIVE METROLOGY AUTOMATION

From Complex and Challenging to Simple and Reliable

Open die forging companies have been relegated to legacy measurement hand tools like handheld micrometers, calipers and measuring tapes.  Given the fact that many open die forged parts are large and heavy, there is no current “off the shelf” inspection tool available to improve measurement accuracy or measurement repeatability. In addition, given that the inspection process is labor intensive, the results take time to acquire which does not lend itself to rapid communication when issues arise or accurately communicating with production as to the performance of the operation.  Another challenge is that the inspector can only measure a few points along the length, width, and thickness of the par which leads to missing potentially oversize/undersize areas within the bar.
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The Challenge

Since the data collection process is manual (handwritten on inspection sheets), data analysis becomes cumbersome having to (re)enter all data points manually.  As a result, the quality department is forced to only use minimums and maximums on selected products and sizes to perform data analysis.

Considering the increased requirements for speed and quality from customers a totally different approach was required.  Existing solutions are too complicated for a factory floor employee, they generally require a lab metrologist with extensive experience.

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3D Infotech, Inc.
7 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618, USA
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