Measurement Aided Assembly

Measurement Aided Assembly of Large-scale Structures (MAAS)

Multipix Imaging is passionate about the use of machine vision to strengthen the UK & Ireland’s position as a world leader in manufacturing & research. The technology we provide can substantially improve productivity and directly benefit the environment. We are proud to be partners with the Irish Manufacturing and Research (IMR). we constantly observe how the IMR are taking concepts and utilizing machine vision components to achieve the highest results. Applications can range from areas such as R&D to production and many more…

Over the years, Multipix has helped keep the IMR up to date with the latest technology, giving expert advice and support on their journey towards building and applying some of the most complex inspection tasks.


In this case study, you will see how the IMR has taken the most cutting-edge technology in 3D scanners and robotics to create an end-to-end assembly process to reduce the cost in aircraft assembly operations.

The major goal of the ‘MAAS’ project is to develop an efficient, automated solution in the manufacturing of aircraft sub-assemblies. The project aims to evaluate the use of collaborative robots and related automated activities within manufacturing, assembly, and inspection operations. A mobile robotics solution will be designed, developed, and integrated into a prototype assembly line.

As you will see in the video below, the Photoneo PhoXi 3D is used with a collaborative robot to scan the aircraft wing. The high level of accuracy produced by the Photoneo camera provides the IMR with highly detailed and accurate point clouds.

Photoneo PhoXi 3D scanners, Gen2, use a laser light pattern projector that emits a set of coding patterns onto the target scene. These are interpreted by a single camera and used to reconstruct a point cloud. The PhoXi capturing and processing pipeline is capable of delivering 16 million measurements per second, either in 3.2 megapixels at five frames per second, or 0.8 megapixels at 20 frames per second

PhoXi scanners are suitable for robot handling applications for bin picking, where randomly placed, semi-oriented objects can be picked from a container or pallet and placed onto a conveyor belt.  The Gen2 model is now IP65 rating for harsh environments.

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