With every new release, it seems that the PC DMIS metrology software package from Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence goes from strength to strength. Every update strengthens existing features, increases versatility and adds new functions. Such is the case with PC-DMIS 2018 R1, the first new release for 2018 - commercially available from 19th February.
A CMM or a coordinate measuring machine is a special device used by manufacturers for assembly processes and to test parts against the design intent. The machine allows generating special points that are analysed for construction of objects by recording the X, Y, and Z coordinates.
Topics: CMM Maintenance
Independent measurement solutions provider Status Metrology and OEM Hexagon are celebrating a ‘unique’ 20-year partnership, which helped pave the way for a second user machine market in the UK.
Quality assurance control highly depend on CMMs. Over the last 20 years, they have almost replaced other inspection techniques such as fixtures and gauges. Since CMMs are very flexible, they reduce investment costs and increase inspection throughput.
Nationally and internationally recognised performance standards provide the means for CMM users to rate the calibration services of different providers. These standards are necessary when comparing competing suppliers, to help determine how well they will perform and to check whether they know how to work properly and safely.
Topics: CMM Calibration
We are delighted to announce our latest supply partnership – with Mahr Metrology. Mahr is as close to being a ‘household name’ as it gets in metrology; a company first established in Germany in 1861 and now operating from bases in more than 35 countries. The Mahr Group specialises in metrology and production equipment, with each asset guaranteed to deliver a long service life and reliable results – whatever the application. We have been accredited to supply the full range of Mahr metrology supplies at competitive rates, with manufacturer’s warranty. We don’t currently carry out servicing or refits on Mahr equipment, although this may change in the future. Please check back regularly for updates.
We are delighted to announce the launch of our new, revamped Status Metrology website! If you haven’t yet taken a look around, please visit our new features and sections. The new website is a big improvement on the last in a number of ways, which we will go into below. The new design is intended to make the site far more user friendly – allowing visitors to more quickly find and access the information they seek. We also make it easier for you to get in touch with quote requests and enquiries.
Error codes can appear on a CMM display or are reported by the PC interface for many different reasons, such as emergency, communication faults and stop events. These come in the form of error codes on the LCD and there are dozens of them. The lamp on your machine will blink a number of times, depending on the error and then will stop when everything is cleared. Error codes are numeric and depend on the ability to recover without a power restart and the overall severity of an error. Below we will go through the most common groups of errors and how you can use our Status Metrology App to identify and resolve them.
Topics: CMM Error Codes
Keeping your measurement data correct is vital and the best way to do it is by ensuring your CMM equipment is calibrated properly. It can be tricky to choose the right calibration service provider, as there are common mistakes that can be easily avoided. Don't rush into it and give yourself enough time to pick the right one.
Topics: CMM Calibration
Keeping your CMM measurement machine calibrated needn’t be difficult, but it is very important for your machine to operate accurately and efficiently. There are many kinds of calibration techniques, and some will be necessary more often than others. The important thing is to create a schedule for calibration, so that you don't forget to keep your metrology sound. At Status Metrology we specialise in high quality CMM machines and calibration services, and maintain both ISO and UKAS certifications. Let us share some of our insight about CMM machine calibration, and how often you should be performing it.
Topics: CMM Calibration
The first step in CMM programming is to define which probes you will be using during the inspection process.
PC-DMIS supports a wide variety of probe types and calibration tools. A new part program must have a probe file created or selected before any measurements can be taken. To access the probe options select “Insert” from the menu bar and then select “Hardware definition” and then probe from the drop down menu.
This will bring up the probe utilities dialog box which displays the probe data for the active tip, this allows you to create new probe files as needed. Probes can also be calibrated using this option.
Topics: Tips And Tricks