Auto manufacturers must carefully inspect every transmission component, measuring each part down to the micrometre to ensure rigorous safety and quality standards are met. Current measurement machines use a time-consuming process involving probes to measure the surface of a part. Windsor-based Landau Gage, a leading supplier of world-class measurement systems, wanted to develop an industry-leading alternative.
The company paired its mechanical engineering expertise with a leading-edge electrical and programming research team at University of Windsor to develop a measurement solution that drastically reduces the time it takes to inspect auto parts. The collaboration produced a patent-pending laser-based coordinate measuring machine that uses advanced algorithms to analyze transmission components and filter unwanted data. The system reduces inspection time by 93 per cent – from 15 minutes per part to less than two minutes. Less time spent per part translates to big cost savings for automotive manufacturers, as it allows for quicker adjustments and higher productivity.
OCE first supported the Landau Gage-University of Windsor collaboration through the Voucher for Innovation and Productivity (VIP) Program in 2013. The project focused on the development and implementation of the system’s algorithms. An ongoing VIP II project is refining the next-generation prototype in preparation for commercialization. Two TalentEdge funded interns are engaged on the project, focusing on improving the algorithms and user interface design.
The fully functional prototype is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2016. A major player in the auto-parts industry has already purchased two systems and several other leading companies are on board to demonstrate the new version upon its release.
Return on Innovation
- Technology has already generated over $200,000 USD in sales
- Two students that worked on the project have been hired by Landau Gage
- OCE Investment: $158,495
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