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ZEISS Installs New Shop Floor Measuring Solution for Car Body Inspection

By Zeiss Industrial Metrology LLC Press Release

MAPLE GROVE, Minn.—Zeiss Industrial Quality Solutions will install Zeiss AICell trace at a premier electric vehicle manufacturer in North America in 2020. The correlation-free measuring cell is the most accurate, shop floor car body robotic process and quality control system on the market. It achieves ISO 10360-8 stated accuracies while operating in extreme environments and offers a wide temperature operating range, according to ZEISS.

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ZEISS has installed its AICell trace technology at a North American auto manufacturer.

"With this system and the ZEISS absolute in-line quality strategy, our customers will build better vehicles and understand and control their processes from the first production part to the last," said Keith Gudeman, Director of Automotive Systems at ZEISS Industrial Quality Solutions. "The highly modular ZEISS AICell trace system can accommodate the most demanding production cycle times and quality initiatives."

ZEISS AICell trace is an absolute system. It requires no correlation offset, which allows it to provide CMM quality results in-line on every manufactured part, according to the company. The system can accommodate all hang-on and body-in-white parts when operating in by-pass mode. The full turnkey system includes:

  • ZEISS AIMax cloud optical 3D sensor
  • ZEISS AICell trace precision robot tracking system
  • ZEISS CARFIT smart fixtures
  • Turnkey support from the ZEISS engineering team

"ZEISS AICell trace brings the benefit of quality room measurement capabilities to the production line, with its ability to operate in a typical manufacturing environment reliably for every part manufactured," said Robert Wasilesky, Automation Specialist at ZEISS Industrial Quality Solutions. "No system correlation offsets are required. There is no more removing parts from the production line and waiting for process and quality control."

The ZEISS AICell installation required close collaboration between the automotive manufacturer, ZEISS CMM experts and the ZEISS robot automation team. According to Wasilesky, "With an in-line system performing like a CMM, quality and process decisions are made instantly, at the line. The hours and sometimes days it took for the previous quality loop decisions can now be avoided."

The system utilizes the high speed AIMax cloud sensor and ZEISS AICell trace robot tracking technology to accurately dimension the most critical features like hemmed edges, studs, rivets and nuts behind metal. The system tracks the robot position in microns and measures dimensions in less than one second per feature, according to ZEISS.

The ZEISS CARFIT smart fixtures with embedded identification and tracking technology automatically identify which part is in the cell to be measured. The fixture system brings the part into the car body coordinate system.

For more information on ZEISS AICell trace technology visit: AICell trace

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