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Advances in Hand-Held Metrology

Contributing Editor Bruce Morey

8/1/2015

While high-end metrology devices like advanced laser scanners or precision CMMs garner a lot of attention, it is hard to imagine any industrial setting without the presence of work-a-day hand-held, contact metrology tools such as calipers or micrometers. That is what Justin Frazzini, quality manager for A.A. Jansson (Waterford, MI), retailer and calibration and repair service provider, observes in his practice. Full Article

New Software Puts Big Data to Practical, Specific Use



Contributing Editor Ilene Wolff

8/1/2015

Today’s metrology software—compared with applications available as recently as the turn of the century—is more accurate, has the capacity to analyze bigger data sets, is faster, and makes using it easier. “It’s mind boggling how fast it moves data. And that’s really critical to getting your job done,” said Ron Rode, past president of the Coordinate Metrology Society (Weatherford, TX). “Scanning is getting more and more accurate, you’re able to take bigger and more dense cloud points, and the software is getting much more robust.” Full Article

UpFront: Metrology Today—More than Mere Measurements



Editor in Chief Sarah A. Webster

8/1/2015

At the start of the summer, I visited Southwest Germany, an area that is home to a lot of big names in advanced manufacturing technologies. Which makes it no coincidence that Mercedes, Porsche, Bosch and Mahle also call the region home. One of the companies I visited with was Jenoptik AG, and in particular, its industrial metrology division, which develops pneumatic, tactile and optical measurement devices. Full Article

In Defense, a New Focus on Project Management Process



David Karr, Technical Advisor for Manufacturing & Quality, Engineering Services Directorate, USAF Life Cycle Management Ctr., Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

7/1/2015

The Department of Defense (DoD) is interested in manufacturing engineering and wants its suppliers to be world-class manufacturers. That’s the take-away message from DoD’s adoption of the new SAE standard AS6500, “Manufacturing Management Program.” In fact, DoD recognized the need for a new standard and partnered with SAE International for its development and publication. Full Article

Machine Vision Inspection Speeds Up Automotive Lines



Contributing Editor Bruce Morey

5/1/2015

The automotive industry might represent the ultimate challenge to providers of machine vision equipment used in robotic guidance and material inspection. “The automotive industry is a microcosm of the entire industrial world,” explained David Dechow, staff engineer for FANUC. “Every potential industry is represented, from raw metal to electronics to wiring to machinery and everything in between.” Machine vision—electronic imaging for inspection, process control, and automated guidance—provides unique benefits in practically every facet of the industry.
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Precise Noncontact Metrology Expands in Aerospace



Contributing Editor Bruce Morey

4/1/2015

The long-term forecast for commercial aircraft is rosy. Boeing predicts more than 36,000 new planes will take to the skies over the next 20 years. Airbus is only slightly less optimistic, predicting over 31,000 in the same period. Those forecasts mean new challenges, as well as opportunities, for those who make a high volume of planes and their parts. Full Article

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