Measurement & Inspection

Manual and automated analog and digital gages, instruments, scales, tests and other devices, integrated systems and techniques used to report, record, and manage the data of precise physical dimensions, weight, temperature, pressure, current, voltage or other process value being generated from the forming, fabricating, welding or cutting of material.      

Communicate Part Function More Clearly with GD&T

When print tolerances use geometric dimensioning and tolerancing to clearly communicate functional requirements – such as how a hole’s position can vary and still allow for assembly – the tolerances can be made as large as possible without impacting part function.  
Experts
Ballbar Systems

Learning New Tricks with Ballbar Analysis

Advanced ballbar testing enables this semiconductor component supplier to achieve better-than-new machine tool accuracy and extend machine life for unconventional silicon processing.
Coordinate Measuring Machines

How Negative-Stiffness Vibration Isolation Improves CMM Performance in Precision Surface Measurement

High-throughput CMM laser interferometry surface measurement systems  can be negatively affected by plant low-frequency vibrations, which can distort the interferometry measurements and deliver inaccurate readings. Here's how to prevent that from happening.
Laser Scanners

Under the Radar

With a need to focus on monitoring process quality during the manufacturing process, this laser radar system provides a unique alternative to the shortcomings of the traditional inspection methods.
Non-Destructive Testing

Emerging Trends in Nondestructive Testing

This review of some new products shows how advanced technologies are bringing flexibility and a wider range of applications to NDT inspection booths, pre-inspections and screening applications used in shops.
Other Gages and Gaging Equipment

Laser Encoders Deliver Part-Per-Million Accuracy in Composite Machining

Laser encoders from Renishaw deliver part-per-million accuracy during week-long machining cycles on 40 meter long composite wing skins being built by Flow Corporation. 
Software

All-Touch CMM Software

This touch technology introduces smart phone productivity into the operation of coordinate measuring machines, portable arms and laser trackers.
Surface Roughness/Finish

Prerequisites for High Surface Quality

The flawless surfaces required in mold making demand large cutting volumes during the roughing sequence, but a perfectly finished surface at the end. This analysis from Heidenhain examines how, along with high quality machine tool mechanics and control performance, the optimal milling result necessary to do this depends heavily on the measuring technology.
Measurement & Inspection: Products

Automating GD&T Principles and Practices Into Inspection

The sophisticated algorithms and calculation methods used by VXinspect 3D inspection software from AMETEK Creaform offer an accessible way to apply GD&T principles and practices to inspection projects. The intuitive software includes all of the tools for first article inspection and quality control, and provides simple integration for contact (probing) and non-contact (scanning) measurement in numerous manufacturing applications.
The advanced software in these new shop floor inspection systems integrates geometric dimensioning and tolerancing parameters into the measurement process to improve the assessment of functional precision in the parts being measured. 

Next Generation Coordinate Measuring Machine

The XM Series handheld probe coordinate measuring machine from Keyence is the next generation of 3D measurement that easily installs in any environment and allows any operator to perform intuitive 3D measurements with high accuracy using advanced optics, image processing and structural design. No previous CMM programming experience is needed for operation. Simply select desired measurement parameters (elements, GD&T) and measure the target to complete programming.
The XM Series handheld probe coordinate measuring machine from Keyence easily installed in any environment to perform intuitive 3D measurements with high accuracy using advanced optics, image processing and structural design.

Automated Shop Floor Inspection System

The CMM Master programmable CMM system from Verisurf is a complete automated shop floor inspection system that combines the power of Verisurf software and 3D model associative GD&T with the Equator comparative gauge to open any CAD model and even use STL files to create CMM inspection plans that automate the inspection of 3D printed prototypes and additive manufactured parts.
The programmable CMM Master automated shop floor inspection system from Verisurf combines a complete coordinate measurement CAD system with 3D surface modeling, traditional 2D drafting and 3D model associative GD&T with the Equator comparative gauge.