Ford exceeds top-quality
Ford exceeds top-quality inspection requirements: Ford reduces weight and machine tool consumption of protoype V8 crankshafts with optical 3D scanning
Ford Motor Company’s Non-Destructive Evaluation Laboratory (NDE), located in Livonia, Michigan, is a leader in quality test inspection and failure analysis of automotive components. Ford continues to maintain top quality inspection by utilizing 3D optical scanning. Historically, programs depended heavily on CMMs which only measure discrete surface points pre-defined by an
operator. Prototype V8 crankshafts experienced extreme out of balance conditions during launch even though CMM results showed all crankshafts to be within specification tolerances. Discrete CMM points cannot fully describe a part or visually display trends and dimensional variations. As a result, the program failed to meet timing and experienced high scrap rates.