Launched in May 2012, the C-Link functionality mobile measurement solution allows to set-up virtual measurement rooms in any location and to inspect complex setups, fixtures, tools or prototypes quickly and easily through probing or 3D scanning. The integrated TRUaccuracy technology guarantees high accuracy, regardless of instabilities, vibrations or thermal variations in the environment.
Volkswagen Group’s Plastics BF has chosen to use a pilot for the tactile measuring version and intends to use the virtual measurement room in the future for in-line measurements in the cockpit and front-end production of the new Golf series. They plan to measure individual parts on the production line, which moves 4 meters forward within 56 seconds. In those 56 seconds, the cockpit and the front end will be submitted to a tactile inspection with the HandyPROBE. For this purpose, two pairs of two C Track dual-camera sensors are linked via the C-link functionality, while a fifth C-Track is used as a separate measurement workstation enabling specific measurements as fast intervention station.
The Creaform solution’s flexibility was a key factor for Volkswagen Group’s Plastics BF, as it can be easily adapted to meet future and/or changing needs. Plus, model changes can be easily and simply linked via the software, and there is no need to change the hardware.
Creaform has become a key partner in the automotive and transport industries; the Creaform technologies are more and more used at OEMs and suppliers in areas like design, engineering and reverse engineering, prototyping, simulation, manufacturing, quality control and design for the aftermarket.
Creaform (creaform3d.com) develops, manufactures and sells 3D portable measurement technologies and specializes in 3D engineering services. The company offers innovative solutions such as 3D scanning, reverse engineering, quality control, non-destructive testing, product development and simulation. Its products and services are intended for industries such as the automotive, aerospace, consumer products, heavy industries, health care, manufacturing, oil & gas, power generation and research & education.
Creaform has developed and sells the Handyscan 3D portable, self-positioning 3D scanners, the HandyPROBE optical portable CMM, the MetraSCAN 3D optical CMM scanners and the Go!SCAN 3D white light scanner. The company also offers an intuitive photogrammetry device: the MaxSHOT 3D optical coordinate measuring system.
The company employs more than 300 people worldwide, and has offices in Lévis, Montréal, the United States, France, Germany, China, India and Japan. The company’s head office and Quebec-based offices are 9001:2008 ISO certified.