An Advantage Your Automotive Competitors May Overlook

As an automotive manufacturer, you’re well aware that design aesthetics and quality precision are critical to your success. The vehicles you make must look like they’re from one manufactured piece, with minimal, practically invisible gaps. Achieve vehicle quality, and you gain a competitive edge, while also reducing your risk of costly rework, recalls and impacts to the reputation of your brand.

That’s because customers have come to expect quality in not only the way their vehicles look and feel, but also in how they sound.

Does the fit and finish of your vehicles represent your original engineering design? Are your customers complaining about squeaks and rattles or wind noise? How do your vehicles look from far away — and up close? Are you confident that your vehicles’ trim pieces and door panels line up, without excessive gaps between parts or seal breaks?

If not, customers might wonder if these issues could lead to poor closure, thereby causing water leaks, rust, upholstery damage or humidity in headlights. Even issues that seem small could make consumers reconsider investing in the vehicles you’ve worked so hard to manufacture.

Gap and Flush Influence on Perceived Quality

It only takes moments to lose customers’ trust — and interest — in your vehicles. The cause of these doubts: poor fit and finish from issues related to gap and flush.

In addition to causing costly problems and recalls, gap and flush issues could negatively impact vehicle sales. The good news: a small improvement to your manufacturing process can give you an advantage your competitors may not even know about.

The Solution: CALIPRI Gap and Flush Gauge

A non-contact measurement device, CALIPRI is proven to help you solve gap and flush issues in a rapid, reliable and effective manner. The solution makes it possible for you to measure any gap profile or body contour completely and with the accuracy your manufacturing firm depends on.

Conventional measuring devices — including those your competitors might still be using today — only recording gaps from one angle, leaving the software to make assumptions about the shape of the rest of the gap. As a result, profiles are incorrectly estimated — especially when working with difficult contours.

You could inadvertently produce superficial data that extrapolates 50 percent or more of the gap. And measurements of the same gap by different people can vary widely. This could leave you blind to curvatures that can quickly impact the vehicle’s structure, aesthetics and — ultimately — customer preference for your vehicle and brand.

Real Data for Accurate Results

In contrast to most past measurement methods, from feeler gauges to profile measurement, CALIPRI ensures real — not extrapolated — data measurement of entire gap, flush and radius contours. Even the most difficult gaps allow accurate gap and flush quality control that measures up to original engineering design and customer standards.

How CALIPRI works
To achieve repeatable, reproducible measurement, the CALIPRI measuring gauge swivels. Simply hold it over the gap that needs measuring. While swiveling the device, three central laser lines continually record segments of the contour from various perspectives before combining them for a complete

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measurement based on real data.

Any tilting or twisting of the sensor is automatically compensated for by its patented tilt correction. Within seconds of taking the required measurement, the profile is then displayed on your tablet PC, along any other parameters you’d like to know.

CALIPRI Ease of Use

After making a few measurements with CALIPRI, you’ll find it’s just as easy to handle as conventional systems. And the measurement time is comparable too. The only significant difference? Your measurements are now real data. This allows you to significantly enhance vehicle quality and speed to market, while reducing scrap, rework and potential recalls.

Test Drive the CALIPRI Solution

Contact ASI DATAMYTE for a test drive of the CALIPRI solution specific to your automotive application and see how quickly you can beat your competition to higher vehicle quality — and sales. Or, to talk to an expert about your specific gap and flush concerns, contact us at 1-800-455-4359.

Want to learn more the CALIPRI gap and flush solution for automotive manufacturers? Download a brochure or view a video about CALIPRI today.