Trip report from IMTS Chicago

Published on October 2, 2018

IMTS Chicago 2018

The crowds were impressive at this show.

Novacam was delighted to take part in a record-breaking 32nd edition of the IMTS show in Chicago this month that attracted over 129,000 attendees. With over 2,100 booths, the show presented many exciting high-tech exhibits and we were happy to be, according to many of our visitors, one of them.

BoreInspect measuring inside diameters of valve body blocks

Our live demo of Novacam’s 100 kHz BoreInspect 3D metrology system was remarkably popular with quality and metrology experts from aerospace, automotive, robotics, CMM providers, defense, … all the way to medical device manufacturers. Non-contact 3D bore metrology is a challenge for many, and BoreInspect is increasingly becoming the gauge of choice in many such high-precision applications.

BoreInspect in an automated inspection cell at the UR booth

Close-up of the inspection cell featuring UR robots and Novacam BoreInspect 3D metrology system

The BoreInspect also performed in Universal Robot’s booth as part of an automated inspection cell (see photo).  Here two UR robots collaborated in ‘feeding’ threaded tubes to the BoreInspect rotational scanner for 3D measurement (down to the micron), analysis, and visualization.

Back at Novacam booth,

  • Our new non-contact 0.5-mm diameter probe also elicited enthusiastic responses and led to stimulating discussions of inspection applications in hard-to-reach spaces and
  • a live demo of 100 kHz SurfaceInspect 3D metrology system showcased the system’s efficiency in acquiring GD&T parameter measurements on open surfaces and was also met with interest.

Novacam is now busy following up with the record number of leads from our most successful IMTS show yet.

As always, we are happy to discover and discuss new applications of our technology.  Would you like to discuss your metrology application?