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.
Most, if not all, quality professionals are aware that multisensor measurement systems have been around for a long time—since the 1980s, as some of us may remember—and they realize the obvious benefits when combining optical and tactile measuring into one system.