Wireless integration of precision measuring equipment is a relatively new innovation that is destined to become widespread, if not universal, within a short few years. WalMart were one of the first to adapt wireless to an application back in the 1980s for inventory management. For engineering applications, incorporating wireless into measurement and inspection process tools, and systems, reduces system costs and simplifies deployment. Getting rid of wires makes operational work easier and faster, with less faffing around required to complete a task. To assess the benefits of adapting wireless technology to handheld CMM tools, let’s look at wireless calipers.
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The inspection process demands exceptional measurement accuracy to remain a dependable and authoritative arbiter of quality. It’s the gate through which a company’s production output must pass and is a guardian of the company’s reputation in the marketplace and a large element of maintaining high customer satisfaction levels. It follows that advances in technology that promote higher standards demand investigation to inform a potential implementation decision. In general, the advent of digital displays has gone a long way towards reducing or even eliminating basic transcription errors and simple human eyesight frailty misreads. But the digital world has much more to offer than merely improved readouts.
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By their design and functionality, CMMs wear really well. Only their software and electronic capabilities don’t last for years. That's why CMM upgrade services have become so popular in the few last years; they can restore machine capability to its full performance at a fraction of the cost of investing in a new unit.
Coordinate Measurement Machines have an interesting history going back almost 60 years. The modern CMM industry produces over 6,000 new CMMs every year, as well as retrofitting and upgrading tens of thousands more. These CMMs can be Manual, where an operator guides the machine, CNC machines that are driven automatically by a special program. As ubiquitous as CMMs now are in manufacturing, it is hard to imagine a world when quality control was dependent on hand measurements.
Even though CMM equipment is built to last and can serve for 20 or more years in hardware terms, software and controls systems become outdated rapidly as new technology appears nearly every year. The only way to keep your CMM as effective as possible without buying a new one is to have regular upgrades. Read more about the benefits of CMM upgrades below.
First, let’s clarify two terms: upgrade and update. A software upgrade to a new version is usually chargeable. New versions deliver significant new functionality and capabilities over older versions and considerable development effort will have been expended to produce the latest version.
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.
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.
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.
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.