CMMs are the most accurate metrology equipment available for quality inspection. However, due to their widespread use in a manufacturing environment, they can nevertheless become bottlenecks and not be available for inspections.
Smart organizations are taking a holistic view of their manufacturing operation and a hard look at their inspection and quality practices. As technology has progressed, so has the manufacturer’s ability to closely align their unique needs and applications to the selection of a coordinate measurement machine (CMM).
When you have a CMMS in place, then your operations will be dependent on the information that is provided by the system, such as asset availability, budget variances, energy consumption, performance, work backlog and payroll hours.
Modern manufacturing relies on consistency, and tolerances are tighter than they’ve ever been. Production capabilities are up to the task, and CMM systems help ensure that completed or in-process parts are within tolerance. The real challenge comes when anything goes wrong.
During the past 25 years, coordinate measuring machine (CMM) sensor technology has expanded from tactile and scanning systems to now include optical, laser and surface finish sensors, effectively expanding the CMM’s capabilities.