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Coordinate Measuring Robot

Gathering Data in Complex Environments

 

This TSB-funded project ran from September 2008 to February 2011 and was a collaborative R&D exercise between a team of researchers from the University of Warwick (WMG and Mathematics Institute) and industrial partners from Nikon Metrology and TMETC.

The focus of the investigation was to support the design and testing of the Nikon RCA - (see picture below) - a revolutionary Robot CMM Arm which combines the automation capability of traditional CMM methods with the mobility and part accessibility of an articulated arm. This results in a versatile and powerful tool for coordinate measuring applications with a target accuracy of sub-100µm.

The RCA utilises novel, patented technology to accelerate repetitive 3D inspection jobs. A highly accurate 7-axis articulated arm is housed within a robotized exoskeleton driven by electromotors. Its durable design, easy programming, and high accuracy help to advance 3D laser scanning productivity and flexibility of on-site inspection assignments.

 Nikon Robot Controlled Arm