When the pandemic hit, manufacturers were already behind in terms of embracing new forms of learning. Training people, recruiting new people, troubleshooting problems in training and education is a must for manufacturers and now is the time to do it.
Today the demand for faster, more accurate measurement is growing. One method of achieving this goal is to turn to 5-axis rapid touch trigger measurement as part of a CMM. Let’s dive into why this technology is beneficial and why adoption is on the rise.
Is Your Coordinate Measuring Machine Future-Ready?
June 8, 2021
Digital transformation is placing urgent demands on coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) to be interconnected and communicative. Without the ability to collaborate with other systems and workers on the shop floor, CMMs risk becoming an informational black hole that prevents the flow of data required for smarter manufacturing.
There are three primary options available today for shaft measurement: optical, tactile, and a combination system. The optical systems have become common over the past few decades because of their flexibility and speed. So how do you choose the best option for your specific application?
This column is the fourth in a series of overviews on gage calibration to give you some idea of what is involved at this level of measurement. A book could probably be written on each subject and not do the job very well so I will continue keeping it simple to avoid completely ruining your day.
So how do we take the law into our own hands? The best, and only, approach is to surround ourselves with the tools and knowledge to reap our vigilante justice. To facilitate that knowledge, check out “The Changing Face of Additive Manufacturing Inspection,” “A Corporate Commitment to Quality Requires a Digital-First Approach,” and everything else we have to offer in this month’s Quality.
Organizations have been forced to redefine their quality audit strategies to ensure compliance and render support to their supply base. Over the years, I have been involved with championing three categories of audits: on-site, hybrid and remote audits.
For those of us in the manufacturing world, measurements on products and processes are all important to ensure the products will meet customer requirements, perform correctly, safely, and for a reasonable lifespan. We place our faith in the measurements to accept or reject product—or to adjust the manufacturing process. But are the measurements correct—and how would we know?
The rapid and unexpected growth in the production of alternative drive systems is presenting automakers and their suppliers with a host of leak-detection challenges to ensure vehicle safety and quality.
When in doubt, always check with a certified Level III or contact your NDT product supplier.
June 9, 2021
Generations of NDT professionals have used the magnetic testing method, and along the way, a handful of common misunderstandings have developed. This article explores these common and incorrect assumptions about magnetic particle inspection and how to combat these misunderstandings.
Air cooling is the most readily available means for keeping turbine blades from breaking or melting while the engine is running, and in order to get the most from the air streaming through the engine, turbine blades are cast with delicate cooling channels running through them. In the manufacturing process, though, these channels can become clogged. It's important that these defective blades be screened out as thoroughly as possible in quality assurance, and neutron radiography is the most effective nondestructive testing method for this purpose.
Remote visual inspection (RVI) is a nondestructive testing (NDT) technique used for the visual inspection of an object where the person performing the inspection operates a piece of equipment from a distance. Most of the inspection applications used for quality purposes are carried out using three main types of equipment: borescopes, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), and crawler robots. Find out more about their uses and advantages.