Cutting Through Surface Noise: Easy Cylinder Head Inspection

This high-intensity, multidirectional lighting camera technology makes easy imaging of challenging part features on machined heads to provide a clear advantage for this automotive supplier.
Software: Articles

All-Touch CMM Software

TouchDMIS reduces traditional CMM software to just eight Function Buttons which, when selected, open the appropriate Function Window. All open windows offer ‘thru-view’ sight of displayed graphics. Many windows offer a ‘flip button’ for window flipping to display further advanced functions and capabilities for expert users. The software graphics area bleeds to the edge of the touch screen with all software buttons floating atop the graphics.
This touch technology introduces smart phone productivity into the operation of coordinate measuring machines, portable arms and laser trackers.

Taking Off Safely

Jan Horn of Lufthansa Technik (left), Ulrich Rienks of CAMTECH/Edgecam (center), and Julian Lüdecke of ZOLLER. 
By linking CAM software into an advanced tool presetting system, this airline manufacturing unit efficiently manages a large tooling database and machining simulation on highly complex aircraft parts to quickly respond to market changes.

Breathe New Life Into New and Existing CMMs

Verisurf software supports both modern model-based measurement techniques and traditional blue print measurement processes. Measurement includes the import of any CAD model, creation of model associative GD&T, automated alignment of 3D CAD models to physical parts and real time probe position with deviation display.
By retrofitting a manual CMM to run Verisurf software, a shop adds additional functionality and productivity features that are quickly becoming requirements of manufacturing and quality engineers.

Before Investing in Quality Management Solutions, Know Thyself

Manufacturers must now consider investing in enterprise quality management software that can verify and analyze their own understanding of their current quality capabilities across people, processes, and technology. 
Every shop should develop a high-level understanding of their existing quality resources so they can begin creating flow charts for each quality process that, in turn, will help them understand not only a breakdown of what takes place within a specific process, but also the resources allocated to each step along with any potential gaps that may exist. 

Devil in the Details: Measuring Complex Pressure Vessels

The assurance of accurately placed features on complex units did not exist for Cannon Boiler Works until they moved into advanced metrology from FARO that completes inspection in the desired detail and generates other benefits as well.

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Software: Industry News

Hexagon Acquires FTI

Hexagon expands their footprint in automotive sheet metal applications by combining their CAM and metrology systems with the CAE technology of FTI.

Absolute Machine Tools Partners with ServiceMax

Downtime due to machine wear or neglect can be eliminated 100 percent of the time with the correct maintenance program in place. ServiceMax software allows shops to manage the entire work process, from work order to recalls to service, using preset data collection functions that apply usable metrics to track how many applications have been run on a given machine, part replacement patterns and previous service to that technicians can quickly determine issues without a site visit. 
Absolute expands their ISO-certified Preventive Maintenance Program through ServiceMax cloud-based software that offers shops real-time maintenance service any time via an iPad or Windows-based PC app.

New Management at Zontec

As the new marketing manager, Travis Nipper will help guide strategic direction and oversee all marketing functions.
David Kennard is their new sales manager and Travis Nipper is their new marketing manager.


Software: Products

Collect Real-Time SPC Data for Process Monitoring

MeasurLink 8.0 data management software from Mitutoyo America  re-introduces the Gage Management module, along with support for managing multiple measurement specifications. The Gage Management module assists users in developing, maintaining, organizing and managing information about the gages, including service intervals, GR&R dates, recall dates and general gage event history.
MeasurLink 8.0 software from Mitutoyo America allows an operator to collect data from most measuring instruments, and analyze, monitor and manage the results to monitor the production process in real-time.

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. 

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.