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High speed, accurate fan and turbine blade and glass measurement in a single set-up

Leitz Reference BX is purpose-built for aeroengine blade and 3D glass inspection, combining optical and tactile measurement for the highest speed and accuracy in these applications.

Advances in aerospace and consumer electronics manufacturing pose new challenges for quality assurance. The use of innovative materials such as carbon fibre composites and 3D glass, as well as complex geometries and freeform shapes, means that maintaining inspection throughput requires metrology solutions that offer complete part accessibility without compromising accuracy.

With its 4-axis scanning capabilities, the Leitz Reference BX coordinate measuring machine (CMM) is designed to deliver single-set-up measurement to the highest possible precision while enabling potential cycle times reductions of up to 50%. The machine’s sensors are horizontally fixed, meaning users can access all application features without the cost of an additional articulating head or reduced accuracy.

Hexagon-MI-Reference-BXIncreased blade measurement efficiency
In a single cycle, the Precitec S3 optical sensor measures the airfoil at high speed while the HP-S-X1C fixed scanning probe inspects the fir tree profile. Measuring programs can be run with QUINDOS Blade metrology software for the streamlined measurement of blade leading edge radius, tangent line, profile thickness, blade profile, blade root, and mean camber line.


Glass-Application-ImageTransparent material thickness measurement

Rapid advances in glass panel design and technology enhance end-user experience but raise challenges for quality control, with traditional vision inspection no longer sufficient for new free form shapes with highly curved edges that need to meet tight tolerances. Precitec S3 makes hard-to-reach curved features accessible. Non-contact inspection meanwhile protects sensitive surfaces from potential damage and white light technology enables the evaluation of material thickness. Using QUINDOS software, measurement can be viewed as point clouds, 2D sections or as a 3D colour coded graphic.


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