Discover the new Metrolog X4 augmented reality inspection solution using the brand new X4 i-Holo product, built on the Microsoft HoloLens device.

If you were one of the few VIPs to have a first look at Metrologic Group's latest immersive technology innovation introduced at the recent Control Show in Stuttgart Germany, you now understand about immersive inspection and the game changing technology the unique Metrologic visionary approach brings to 3D inspection. If not, here is your chance to learn more about the technical breakthrough that is bridging the world of digital virtual reality and real part measurements.

Using the latest X4 kernel developed by Metrologic Group, which is already integrated with over a hundred 3D measurement devices, it made sense for Metrologic Group to start providing more collaborative reporting tools to its wide installed base and a technology savvy market. Metrolog X4 software is world-renowned for its advanced and comprehensive reporting capabilities based on images, tables and fully interactive 3D viewer, allowing fast review of the parts measurements, with no other software coming close in terms of speed and flexibility in generating reports. Even so, Metrologic Group wanted to provide an easy-to-use and simple result viewing collaboration tool based on mixed reality. There has been increasing demands from the market to assist customers in lining-up measurement results with real parts, especially with regard to colour maps generated from 3D scan data; Metrologic Group are once again the first to deliver this very innovative solution to the market.

Some projector-based reporting systems already allow you to project images of the deviations onto the real part, but it requires either a fixed installation or a complex tracking-based system, with the inconvenience of lengthy set-up times. The advanced HoloLens technology from Microsoft, combined with the renowned expertise and innovative approach of Metrologic Group, has made possible the integration of mixed reality capabilities to the Metrolog X4 range of software. Metrologic X4 i-Holo allows users to blend the measurement results with the real part, using live hologram representations directly over the real part, in front of the operator’s eyes; data is sent by Metrolog X4 to the HoloLens in real-time, enabling them to immediately and easily highlight high deviations and to give instructions to the operator. This is not the future, it is AVAILABLE NOW !

Interactive human interface 

Combined with an interactive human interface, supporting gaze tracking, voice activation and self-repositioning, the X4 i-Holo snaps the computed results to the real part. This allows users to quickly detect major defects on the part that has just been inspected and immediately plan for a collaborative manufacturing or engineering review of the real part and on location.

This premiere new product presentation at Control is already a success. Metrologic is now working on further functionalities, to start making 3D measurement immersive in all inspection sequences and phases:

Planning & preparation : Merge the inspection plan and the real article/tools to validate accessibility using virtual probing and machine motion around the real part

Measurement live execution : Provide the operator with real-time guidance and instructions projected live onto the part, in front of the operator’eyes, without having to worry about PC interactions

Full reporting : Real-time analysis results display on the fly over the measured part, including gaze-tracking stickers display, color mapping and other readily available standard Metrolog X4 tools

Innovation is part of the Metrologic DNA 

“We see this new brick of technology as one of the most intrusive developments for the future years. At Metrologic, we aim at standardizing inspection processes, independently of the device or technology used and our goal is to facilitate day-to-day measurement operations anywhere in the plant for all our existing customers and 3D inspection users. Major industrial companies throughout the world have already adopted our unique solution as a robust industrial standard to modernize their 3D inspection equipment and improve their manufacturing processes. After 35 years of continuous and visionary R&D effort, we keep demonstrating that innovation is definitely part of our DNA” commented Bertrand Gili, President of Metrologic Group, when introducing this new development.