The End of Hardcopy Records
e-Protocol will make it easier for staff from Quality to interpret measurements in pre-series
s one of the carmaker’s most exciting innovations to process measurement analyses, the new e-Protocol online application was included in this year's InnoDay programme (see pages 4 and 5 for more information). It is particularly useful in the pre-series when the individual car parts need to be fine-tuned to the required dimensions and shapes. The application essentially replaces the existing paper output analyses. Several measurements are made to detect dimension-related deficiencies in pre-series parts before the results of the detected values are analysed. Whether it concerns tactile or optical measurements, it is always a very precise method; however, its output previously depended on the work of the measurement specialist and what they were tasked with measuring. “Sometimes, it has proved necessary to measure or add a part. Despite the advanced optical scanning of the parts, there was a problem with the clear interpretation of the outputs in the form of PDF or hardcopy reports”, says Lukáš Pilvousek from GQD-1/5 – Pre-Serial Cubing and Meisterbock.
However, since July, ŠKODA AUTO has been deploying a modern solution that eliminates the need to remeasure parts and, at the same time, makes it much easier to analyse and interpret the results. The e-Protocol application simply accepts the measurement data – ideally, data from optical measurements with a colour map of the part with millions of points. This allows the results to be examined and interpreted in real time. In the application, the visualised part can be rotated as needed to make it clear which measurement point the user is interested in. It also allows arbitrary points to be marked and reports to be created from them almost instantly. The app works on computers, as well as Android and iOS mobile devices. Viewing on mobile devices will allow further advancement in the future. “We are testing the use of augmented reality where we can examine the measurement outputs in real time with a mobile device pointed at the part”, L. Pilvousek explains. ED