We’re in the midst of the fourth industrial revolution, the next wave of innovation in manufacturing. Much of it is tied to technology, allowing for increased automation and, as a result, higher efficiency. One area of manufacturing that is being helped by these increased efficiency, creating positive ripple effects for the entire industry, is inspection. To elaborate on this new world for industrial quality control, we welcomed Laxman Rajagopalan, head of marketing at DWFritz, as well as Dustin Seetoo, Director of Product Marketing at Premio, Inc., a partner of DWFritz’s.

DWFritz Precision Automation focuses on inspection automation in manufacturing. What exactly does this mean? Rajagopalan described it as: “When a part is coming down the line, what we focus on is inspecting it completely to ensure quality. We use non-contact metrology measurement called ZeroTouch to enable 100% inspection rapidly and in real-time.”

This is crucial to an industry that relies so heavily on avoiding defective production but that hedged their bets on a quality control process that didn’t check every piece coming down the conveyer belt.

“It’s the next step in quality control because in most cases manufacturers simply inspect a sample of their product, which means defective products could have made it down the line,” Rajagopalan said. “Ultimately, we’re about helping companies achieve efficiency as well as increase throughput and ROI.”

Premio has been partnering with DWFritz to further the initiatives of Industry 4.0 and create the back-end necessary to power this non-contact metrology. Premio designs and build world-class computing technologies such as enterprise servers, embedded systems, and touch panel solutions.

“It’s an important time in the industry. Digital transformation is here, and industrial automation is part of it. What we’ve seen is that many facilities have legacy systems, but they now have lots of devices that have the ability to record and process data, so new infrastructures are necessary,” Seetoo said. “That data, available in real-time, is critical for a company to analyze and prevent issues. The more that devices become connected, the more valuable the data.”

In manufacturing, there are many different players, all of which can benefit from receiving better inspection. Rajagopalan turned to medical device manufacturers as an example.

“Because of the nature of that industry and regulations, everything has to be 100% inspected. Legacy systems and manual inspections aren’t efficient and had caused devices with defects to make it to patients,” he said. “With ZeroTouch, they can measure every intricate part. It captures millions of data points in seconds.”

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