As power systems of EVs differ greatly from those of oil-fueled cars, automakers require innovative technologies to manufacture and assemble key system components, leading to a growing demand for 3D measurement and quality inspection solutions to boost precision and accuracy of the components, according to Road Ahead Technologies Consultant (RATC), a 3D measurement solutions provider in Taiwan.
RATC said smart and automated manufacturing further accelerates the R&D and production of EVs and new energy cars, with the development process for a new car taking only one to two years to complete. Contract manufacturers are usually required to inspect each component related to driving safety, so as to ensure functionality consistency for each batch of components and enhance driving safety, the company continued.
Unlike traditional manufacturing and inspection carried out in stages, both processes should be done simultaneously in smart production, the company said, and automated measurement is an indispensable process at smart factories.
RATC noted many automakers have moved to make extensive use of computer-aided design and automated measuring technology, allowing designers to obtain accurate data from the initial concept, components development to final assembly, so that consistent and stable production quality can be assured.
In this regard, the company stressed, 3D measurement technology and solutions can work well and bring substantial benefits, such as allowing more time for R&D engineers to improve products with the data obtained from the measurement, enablining engineers to schedule measurement for more workpieces, and helping customers get product inspection reports faster and shorten the time to market for their products.
RATC stressed that 3D measurement systems can be applied to easily inspect either general mechanical components or a whole car and can generate inspection reports in an automated environment, significantly saving the time for manual equipment operation.
Additionally, automated measurement also makes digital twins feasible, allowing each workpiece, component and part to have their respective digital copy, which is of great significance to the industrial manufacturing, RATC added.
RATC said the automotive industry is expected to serve as a model for smart production and measurement, which can drive energy, optoelectronics, medical and other related sectors to embrace the smart manufacturing trend.