Operating from our inspection laboratory equipped with the latest automated measurement equipment, our expert staff ensures precision in temperature-controlled and cleanroom facilities. We offer tailored measurement solutions, elevating your manufacturing and design process and ensuring compliance with the most rigorous quality standards.
Contract Inspection Services
Make informed decisions with certainty. Our measurement services deliver precise data, instilling confidence in every step of your design-to-manufacturing process.
Enhancing Design-to-Manufacturing Processes
Confidently navigate your design-to-manufacturing process with our comprehensive metrology analytical testing and compliance services. Discover how we support you at each crucial step with our inspection solutions:
This initial phase involves exploring new ideas, technologies, and concepts to develop innovative products. It includes market research, feasibility studies, and discovery to validate ideas and identify potential challenges.
- Materials Analysis
- Prototype Validation
During this phase, the product concept is transformed into detailed designs. CAD models and engineering drawings are created, and design reviews ensure that the product meets the intended requirements.
- Tolerance analysis
- GD&T Proofing
- Design Verification
Prototyping involves building physical models or samples of the product to test and validate its design. It allows for iterations and improvements before moving to full-scale production.
- Design Validation
- Simulation Verification
- Materials Analysis
In this stage, manufacturing processes are planned and optimized. Process capability studies and tooling evaluations ensure that the manufacturing processes are capable of producing high-quality products.
- Tooling and Fixture Inspection
- Process Qualification and Validation
- Gage R&R/Process Capability Study
This is the full-scale manufacturing phase where the product is mass-produced. Quality inspections, process monitoring, and statistical control measures are employed to maintain consistent product quality.
- First Article Inspection (FAI)
- In-Process Inspection
- Statistical Process Control (SPC)
- Installation Qualification (IQ)
- Operational Qualification (OQ)
- Performance Qualification (PQ)
- Final Inspection
After production, the products undergo final inspections and tests to ensure they meet the required standards. Customer feedback and satisfaction surveys help gather valuable insights for future improvements.
- Failure Analysis
Our Measurement Services
We offer a range of inspection services to meet your specific needs, including dimensional inspection, surface analysis, and reverse engineering. Our experienced technicians are skilled in the use of the latest measurement equipment, and we provide detailed reports that allow you to make informed decisions about your manufacturing process. We also provide customized measurement solutions tailored to your unique requirements, ensuring that you receive the most accurate and relevant data possible.
Our multisensor CMMs use contact probes and non-contact vision and laser sensors to measure the geometric features of parts accurately. Our machines can measure parts ranging from small, intricate components to large objects, and we can measure from microns down to single nanometers. We have a range of CMMs with different sizes and accuracies to meet the specific measurement needs of our customers.
Using our 3D surface profilers and CMMs, we can measure the topography and profile of the surface of your parts. Our measurement techniques include contact and non-contact profilometers and optical interferometers. This service is particularly important for parts that need to maintain a specific level of smoothness or flatness.
With our partners at RX Solutions, we provide CT (computed tomography) scans to measure both internal and external dimensions of complex and intricate parts. The CT scanner creates a 3D image of the part, enabling us to measure every dimension accurately down to 6 microns.
Reverse Engineering/Product Digitization
Our 3D scanning equipment can accurately measure the shape and size of parts, providing a detailed digital model of the part. Our reverse engineering process can help identify defects, material inconsistencies, and optimize the manufacturing process. This service is particularly helpful when you need to compare the original design to the manufactured part or need to reproduce a part with a specific shape.
Our Metrology Equipment
Explore our equipment we use for inspection services. These machines are located in our temperature-controlled metrology lab in Santa Clara, CA. Our CMMs are used for dimensional inspections, optical profilers are used to analyze surface finish, CT scanners are used for internal inspections, and 3D scanners are used to create digital duplicates of your products.
Our automated coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) are precision measuring tools used to measure the geometries of objects in three dimensions. They use a sensor to capture the X, Y, and Z coordinates of a part, which are then recorded by the machine's software. CMMs are widely used in manufacturing to verify that parts are being produced to the correct dimensions and tolerances. They can measure complex geometries with high accuracy and speed, making them a popular choice for quality control and inspection processes.
OGP SmartScope Flash 500
The Flash 500 is a large-capacity CMM featuring precision optics, flexible illumination, and multisensor versatility.
Equipped with Optics, TTL Laser, and Touch Probe.
XYZ Travel: 500 x 450 x 200 mm
OGP Summit 600
A large area, high-accuracy CMM ideal for larger parts. This system features fast measurement speeds and advanced image processing.
Equipped with high-performance Optics, Scanning Probe, and Rainbow Probe.
XYZ travel: 450 x 600 x 150 mm
VIEW Pinnacle 250
A high-accuracy fixed-optics measurement system ideal for small parts. This CMM features built-in measurement stability, optical interchangeable lenses, and multisensor versatility.
Equipped with high-performance Optics.
XYZ travel: 250 x 150 x 100 mm
OGP SmartScope Quest 600
A high-accuracy measurement system for large parts. Features TeleStar telecentric 10:1 zoom optics delivering accurate video performance.
Equipped with Optics, TeleStar Plus TTL Laser, Rainbow Probe, Feather Probe, and Scanning Probe.
XYZ travel: 450 x 600 x 250 mm
OGP FlexPoint 7-Series
A high-accuracy large-format multisensor measurement machine featuring high-speed movement, air bearings, and an articulating probe head.
Equipped with Optics, TeleStar Probe, and Scanning Probe.
XYZ travel: 700 x 700 x 600 mm
Fast, non-contact video measurement that provides high accuracy and repeatability for defined dimensions.
Single-point touch trigger probing enables the measurement of features that are difficult to image or surface boundaries that are inaccessible to video.
Automatically acquires data points between user-defined start and end points, regardless of surface complexity.
The Through-the-Lens (TTL) laser offers a non-contact method for measuring surfaces using point focus for single-point measurements or scanning for multi-point measurements.
Micro-touch probing to measure fragile or miniature features. This sensor can acquire a data point with only milligrams of force.
A high-resolution, non-contact chromatic confocal sensor for surface measurements. This sensor can measure transparent, translucent, fragile, liquid, or easily deformable surfaces.
A high-resolution interferometric range sensor that offers sub-micron resolution when scanning both specular and diffuse surfaces.
TeleStar Plus TTL Laser
Long working distance, high-resolution interferometric range sensor.
Optical profilers are non-contact surface measurement tools that use light to measure the height and texture of surfaces. They use a camera and a light source to capture the surface's height variations, which are then processed by the machine's software. Optical profilers are particularly useful for measuring roughness, waviness, and shape parameters of surfaces at a microscopic level. They are commonly used in research and development, as well as quality control processes in industries such as semiconductor manufacturing and automotive.
Sensofar S neox
A high-performance optical profiler that uses a combination of confocal microscopy and interferometry to generate accurate 3D surface maps with high vertical resolution, up to sub-nanometer levels.
CT Scanners are non-destructive testing (NDT) tools that use computed tomography (CT) technology to generate 3D images of the internal structures of parts or objects. They can be used for inspecting various materials, including metals, plastics, composites, and ceramics, and are particularly useful for inspecting complex internal geometries and assemblies that cannot be inspected by traditional methods.
RX Solutions EasyTom
This CT scanner uses X-ray technology to penetrate the object being inspected and create 2D cross-sectional images, which are then reconstructed into a 3D image using specialized software. The resulting 3D image can then be used for dimensional analysis, defect detection, reverse engineering, and other applications.
3D scanners use lasers, structured light, or other methods to capture a digital representation of a physical object. They capture the object's shape and size in 3D, and can produce a detailed point cloud or a solid model. 3D scanners are used in reverse engineering, where physical parts are scanned to create digital models that can be used to recreate or modify the original part. They are also used in quality control, as they can measure complex shapes and geometries with high accuracy.
OGP ShapeGrabber Ai620
A precision automated 3D laser scanner ideal for measuring complex shapes such as molded plastics, castings, stampings, and machined parts that are time-consuming, costly, and difficult to measure with a traditional CMM.
A structured-light 3D scanner that uses a combination of LED lighting and stereo cameras to capture high-resolution 3D models of physical objects. The scanner can capture 3D data with high accuracy and speed, allowing for fast and precise measurements of complex geometries with an accuracy of 10 microns.
A compact and precise benchtop 3D scanner that uses blue LED structured light technology to capture intricate details and geometries of small parts with 10-micron accuracy.
A hand-sized, portable laser 3D scanner ideal for scanning narrow spaces or under large objects. Using a pattern of blue crossed lasers, this scanner can capture hard-to-reach geometry with an accuracy of 20 microns.
Our fastest professional handheld 3D scanner. Encompassing the latest technologies in data capture, transfer, and processing, this untethered structured light 3D scanner enables us to scan anywhere with an accuracy of 100 microns.
How it Works
01. Send us your project details.
When you're ready to initiate a contract inspection, the first step is to send us your project details. You can reach out to us through our website or contact our dedicated team directly. Provide us with comprehensive information about your project, including CAD models of your parts, engineering drawings with callouts and tolerances, the number of samples to be inspected, your deadline, and any specific handling requirements. The more details you provide, the better we can understand your needs.
02. Define your project scope.
Once we receive your project details, our applications engineers will collaborate closely with you to define the scope of your inspection project. We will offer our expertise to proof your GD&T and help determine the most suitable inspection methods for your specific requirements. Through one-on-one communication with you, we ensure that all your expectations are understood, and any questions or concerns are addressed.
03. Receive a quote.
After the inspection project scope has been defined, we will provide you with a detailed and transparent quote. Our rates depend on the complexity of the project scope and the project deadline. The quote will include all the necessary services, including the utilization of our advanced inspection equipment such as Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMMs), optical profilometers, CT scanners, and 3D scanners. We aim to deliver accurate and reliable inspections within your budget and timeline.
04. Inspection in progress.
Once you approve the quote and give us the green light, our applications engineers will initiate the inspection process. Depending on the scope of your project, we will use the appropriate inspection equipment, such as CMMs for precise dimensional measurements, optical profilometers to analyze surface textures, CT scanners for internal inspections, and 3D scanners for comprehensive 3D representations. Our team will perform the inspections according to the agreed-upon project scope, following standardized procedures and industry best practices. Throughout this stage, we maintain clear communication with you to provide updates on the progress of your inspection.
05. Get your results.
Upon completion of the inspection, we compile and analyze the data obtained from our inspection equipment. Our team of applications engineers will review the results to ensure accuracy and repeatability. Once the analysis is complete, we generate a comprehensive report that includes the as-found measurements, surface finish data, 3D representations (if applicable), and any additional information requested. Our inspection reports make it easy for you to understand the findings and make informed decisions based on the results. We are available to discuss the report with you, address any questions or concerns, and provide further clarification if needed.
Applications and Case Studies
Machined QVI Block Inspection - Manufacturing
This dimensional inspection was performed on our OGP FlexPoint multisensor CMM to measure the desired dimensions and evaluate the GD&T callouts indicated in the part drawing. This application showcases the functionality of the FlexPoint CMM, using optics and an articulating touch probe to measure complex surfaces and a laser to measure surface flatness.
Automotive - 3D Printed Steering Rag Joint
Using our Sensofar s neox optical profiler, we analyzed the surface of a 3D printed steering rag joint for defects and evaluated the surface roughness of a critical contact surface.
Lithium Ion Battery Inspection - Automotive
Discover how the National Institute for Scientific Research (INRS) utilizes CT scanning to inspect the microstructure of materials within electric vehicle batteries.
Hydrogen Fuel Cell Inspection - Automotive
Hydrogen fuel tanks are inspected using EasyTom CT scanners for an accurate and comprehensive analysis of the exterior and interior of the tanks. This inspection process ensures the dependability, effectiveness, and safety of hydrogen-powered vehicles.