Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology Seeking War Veterans for Employment
By Morgan Barker and John P. Allen
Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology is the world’s leader in CNC coordinate measuring machines and complete solutions for multidimensional metrology in the metrology lab and production. The company is a respected and recognized partner to the automotive industry and its suppliers and is seeking to employ war veterans. To hire America’s Best, they have partnered with HireVeterans.com, America’s premier job board for U.S. Veterans.
While the automotive industry has long recognized the value of industrial computed tomography, aerospace, and other leading manufacturers have also adopted it as a measurement technology for quality control, process control, first article inspection, design verification, rapid prototyping and rapid manufacturing. The research arms of these organizations have been using it even longer for materials evaluation, process development and benchmarking.
Zeiss is headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany and also has offices in China and North America. Their production facility is located in Maple Grove, MN and they just opened the North American CT Technology Center located in Brighton, Michigan. Zeiss is reaching out to hire and employ U.S. Veterans for various positions worldwide. They currently have 1300 employees from three manufacturing locations and 100 sales and service centers supplying customers around the world.
Carl Zeiss and veterans are a natural fit. War veterans are known to be front-runners in technology and globalization while Carl Zeiss offers excellent career opportunities for individuals seeking to become part of a global organization, rich in tradition, providing innovative products in the areas of medical, scientific research, industry and consumer goods.
Zeiss offers bridge-type, horizontal-arm and inline measuring machines, as well as form, contour and surface measuring machines. All relevant components, such as controllers, software, measuring systems and sensors are developed and manufactured in-house. New developments include a system to measure extremely small parts and a computer tomograph for industrial quality assurance. An extensive Calypso software library enables users of ZEISS measuring technology to perform almost any measuring task. Efficient Navigator technology is of particular importance for maximum accuracies and simultaneously high measuring speeds. Extensive customer service, contract measurements, part inspection using computer tomography and online services ensure optimum machine uptimes.
Join Carl Zeiss IMT or at one of their many global branches. As a metrology innovation leader, Carl Zeiss IMT manufactures a complete range of coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) for every quality control need, as well as form, contour and surface measuring instruments, Industrial CT x-ray solutions for castings and NDT, and micro-measuring systems for extremely small parts such as medical components. We also offer complete system services, including retrofits, hardware service, software support, and metrology training.
If you are passionate about improving the quality and reliability of manufactured products and are interested in cultivating your talents in a challenging and rewarding environment, Carl Zeiss IMT may offer the ideal career path for you.
The METROTOM system can see inside parts and quantify characteristics normally inaccessible to probing or optical sensors. The same dataset can be used to inspect the structure of material (porosity / wall thickness), measure external features and generate fully surfaced or solid CAD models. The METROTOM is ideal for the complete inspection of plastic parts. The METROTOM is unique in the world of CT in that it has been designed using existing CMM subsystems (guideways, drives, controller, rotary table, software, etc.) so that its measurement results are as accurate as possible.
With this symbiotic combination of computed tomography and traditional metrology, Carl Zeiss begins a new chapter in metrology – metrotomography. During this process, a computer tomograph uses x-rays to non-destructively measure the interior and exterior of complex and small workpieces and then very accurately display the results as a 3D image. The procedure is similar to the x-ray technology used in medicine. X-rays penetrate an object and display it on a suitable detector. The details of the object appear as a 2D image in varying intensity depending on the geometry and absorption properties. The 3D image is created by rotating the object 360 degrees along its axis on a rotary table and then converting this data to a 3D volume model.
Metrotomography – computed tomographic workpiece inspection
Metrotomography can be used for assembly checks and damage analyses, material inspections, and porosity and defect analyses. Parts up to 300mm Ø x 300mm tall can be inspected depending on the material – aluminum alloys, ceramic and plastic, for example.
METROTOM is available with CALYPSO metrology (GD&T) software. It supports comparisons to CAD geometries where only visual inspections were possible in the past. It also allows for continuous monitoring of development up to the prototype. Workpieces, casting and assembly procedures can be modified during the development phase. The process start-up time is reduced and development costs lowered. Automatic, objective evaluation methods are now available in areas where previously only manual, subjective evaluations were possible.
Metrotomographic generation of CAD models
CAD models have become an absolutely indispensable tool in metrology. A METROTOM computer tomograph can generate a complete CAD data set of each “metrotomographed” workpiece. This can then be displayed in all standard formats, thus enabling generation of fast, highly accurate data during the development of the design. The ability to create entire CAD data sets of complex interior structures that cannot be digitized or measured using traditional methods is essential.
Precise linear axes with CAA (Computer Aided Accuracy) correction of guideway error, as well as a rotary table with air bearings and direct drive, provide the foundation for accurate capture of the workpiece. This rotary table has a resolution of 0.036 arc seconds and can accept workpieces up to a weight of 800 Newtons. Optimally adjusted CT components supplement the mechanical modules, thus contributing ideally to the entire METROTOM system.