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TECHNOLOGY REVIEW

Design of a Universal Software System for Controlling Geometric Measuring Devices

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K. Lübke

Department Measurement, Control, and Quality Science, Faculty Production Engineering, University of Bremen, P.O. Box 330560, 28335 Bremen, GermanyLke@biba.uni-bremen.de

C. Pieper

Department Measurement, Control, and Quality Science, Faculty Production Engineering, University of Bremen, P.O. Box 330560, 28335 Bremen, Germanypic@biba.uni-bremen.de

G. Goch

Department Measurement, Control, and Quality Science, Faculty Production Engineering, University of Bremen, P.O. Box 330560, 28335 Bremen, Germanygg@biba.uni-bremen.de

K. Kammers

 Carl Mahr Holding GmbH, Carl-Mahr-Str. 1, 37073 Göttingen, Germanykai.kammers@mahr.de

J. Comput. Inf. Sci. Eng 7(1), 108-111 (Jun 15, 2006) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2410026 History: Received September 15, 2005; Revised June 15, 2006

The research project UP-Prosa, a German acronym for universal and unified platform for planning, programming, controlling and evaluating processes, of measuring, aims at realizing a platform to design and control processes of geometry measurements, which supports a broad variety of measuring devices via one user interface. Based on Windows Operating System (OS) a software was developed able to control inspection devices for different types of geometry measurements (coordinate measuring machine, form, roughness, gear) and manufacturers by one defined communication protocol. This uniform user interface contains the programming of measurement processes, evaluation algorithms with standardized methods, as well as abilities to generate record pages at the users expectations. At the level of geometric measuring devices a universal controlling software called Prosa InterCommunicator (Prosa-ICom) was designed. Prosa-ICom communicates via network with the user interface and translates the defined protocol into a measuring device specific form. The internal structure is extendable and so it seems to be appropriate for both new developments and upgrades (retrofit) for all kinds of geometric measuring devices.

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Structure of the UP-Prosa system

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Client/server–architecture

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UP-Prosa core with generic interface for external functions

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Prosa-ICom core with external functions accessing the hardware interface

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Laser scanner ST800

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Test sample with quality features defined in CAD (computer aided design)

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