In the car body area of their Emden plant Volkswagen AG has taken a pioneering series measuring area into operation. From a loading area with eleven parking places the measuring plates, mounted with car body parts, automatically go into measuring stations.
My journey in dimensional inspection and quality started what seems like a lifetime ago when I ran the one-CMM quality department in my father’s aerospace engineering firm. Thirty years later, my passion for American ingenuity has never been stronger.
In early stages of industrialization, products were simpler, factories were smaller, most processes were manual, and process flows were shorter. Contact with customers was direct between production and customer.