WEATHERFORD, TX — The Coordinate Metrology Society announced its 2015 Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference attracted a who's who of industry leaders in the field of 3D portable metrology.

The 31st annual event was held from July 20–24 at the Diplomat Hotel on the white sand beach of Hollywood, Fla.

The CMSC is where measurement professionals convene for the transfer of knowledge from technology veterans and solution providers. The premier event attracted metrologists from 13 countries around the world, including a number of new attendees. The CMS focused heavily on expanding access to career enhancement programming, and launched an all new Measurement Zone with daily activities, which was well received by conference delegates.

The CMS prides itself on the open, educational atmosphere cultivated at the CMSC. The event not only attracted the top brass in the industry, but a broad spectrum of representatives including manufacturers, engineers, scientists, quality control specialists, metrologists, educators, and students. All attendees were encouraged to discuss applications, seek solutions, and explore the newest technology advancements from OEM manufacturers of close-tolerance, industrial coordinate measurement systems, software and peripheral

Inspirational keynote speaker Dana Bowman parachuted down to the hotel beach "on target" and greeted CMSC attendees. Bowman, a retired Sergeant First Class and member of the U.S. Army's elite Golden Knights parachute team, kicked off the conference with his "life without limits" story on Tuesday morning. A double amputee due to a parachuting accident, Bowman has inspired audiences all over the world. He was the first double amputee to reenlist in the Army and later become the Golden Knight's lead speaker and recruiting commander during his 20-year military career.

As in years past, the 2015 conference delivered an impressive slate of 19 authoritative white papers and application presentations provided by CMS members, special industry guests, and master users of portable measurement technology. Industry experts discussed their successful use of 3D coordinate measurement systems for a variety of applications from aerospace assembly to shipbuilding to automotive inspection. The agenda included speakers from BMW Manufacturing Company, Newport News Shipbuilding, Northrop Grumman Aerospace, The Boeing Company, Naval Surface Warfare Center, FFT Produktionssysteme GmbH& Co. (Germany), Argonne National Laboratory, National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), National Physical Laboratory (NPL- UK), UNC Charlotte, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (Canada), Leibniz University at Hannover (Germany) and other leaders in the field.

The CMSC's career enhancement programming included the CMS level-one and level-two certification examinations, an expanded Measurement Zone with five educational zones, laser tracker and advanced user competitions, practical workshops and a packed Exhibition Hall featuring the latest trends and brightest minds serving the technology needs of the portable measurement marketplace. The CMSC Exhibitor Hall was abundant with new product introductions, technology previews, and end-to-end solutions. The well-rounded conference also included evening networking events, user group meetings, a popular 5 Billion Micron Fun Run/Walk, and the annual CMSC Banquet with entertainment.

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