Simply put, product quality is always on the mind of a production manager. But what exactly characterizes a quality product? Is it when CMM inspection data reads good versus bad? Or when a product is delivered on schedule with minimal downtime and resources were used wisely? Manufacturers continue to discern part quality with new data-driven technologies while pressed with increasing production demand.
For years, the QC department was labeled a necessary bottleneck within the production process. But that era is long gone, as measurement professionals have forged efficiencies in their operations with the help of metrology equipment manufacturers. The demand for faster production while maintaining product quality set the industry on a completely new trajectory. Metrology OEMs were pushed to rethink their traditional approaches to inspecting a product. IoT data is playing a big role and it had to move forward with smart manufacturing at the forefront.