There have been a lot of advancements in the world of measurement metrology in the past year, and in order to know what this new technology means for your business, you’ll need to know how the new tools that have been developed can benefit your company, and which ones are right for you.
Manufacturing is already one of the most specialized businesses in the twenty-first century economy, and cutting through the advertising and hype to find out what solutions fit your needs isn’t easy; it can be difficult to stay on top of the latest news on CMM equipment from industry insiders but here is a short list of some of the recent developments you may want to keep an eye on.
1. The Renishaw Equator
The Renishaw Equator gauging system offers one of the best ways of providing high-speed comparative gauging of medium to high volume parts on the factory floor. Compact, lightweight, and easily programmable and updateable with new software, the Equator is versatile and insensible to temperature and can easily be modified. It can also take advantage of new intelligent process control software that allows constant monitoring and adjustment, increased capability in precision part machining, and greater integration with automation systems.
2. Multi-Censor CMMs
Not every measuring method is right for every product. Traditional machines use touch probes, laser scanners use light, and video measuring uses a combination of light and the camera itself. All have their uses, and all their disadvantages — which is why multi-censor CMMs like the OGP SmartScope Quest 300, which combine the benefits of more than one form of censor, are sometimes the best option for providing accurate, timely measurements that you can rely on.
With the gains made in micro-technology in recent years, specialized producers may find themselves in a position where they need to combine multiple forms of measurement to get accurate data about small parts, and where significant differences are measured in microns, not millimetres. Incorporating multiple ways of gathering data into a single machine allows producers to maintain confidence in quality control, even when dealing with the smallest parts.
3. PolyWorks Inspector
PolyWorks Inspector, which came out in April 2017, is one of the newest CMM software tools on the market, and it is set to revolutionize how metrological measurement is integrated into the production line with a whole host of new features. This software allows coordinate measuring machines, among other things, to access a list of characteristic index-sorted dimensional and prepare first-article inspection reports that are more timely and more accurate.
4. PC-DMIS/PolyWorks Professor
With all these new developments, you will want to make sure that the operators on your factory floor have the best possible training to maximize the potential of all this new CMM technology. PC-DMIS Professor and PolyWorks Professor are tools designed specifically to answer any questions programmers might have about new software, and to help bring expert knowledge of the software and all of its applications to your factory floor.