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PrecisionPath Consortium Moves to Dallas for March 2017 Working Meeting

Published: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 15:56

The Coordinate Metrology Society, in collaboration with UNC Charlotte, announced the fifth working meeting of the PrecisionPath Consortium for Large-Scale Manufacturing will be held on March 23, 2017, in Dallas, at the Hyatt Regency DFW, Terminal C. The PrecisionPath Consortium has worked steadily to verify and prioritize the technology requirements of industries that manufacture large-scale, high-accuracy parts and products.

The March program will build upon the results of the Oct. 2016 Focus Group Workshop, a continuation of the Planning and Visioning Council forums held over the past year and a half. The group held their inaugural meeting at the 2015 Coordinate Metrology Society Conference (CMSC) to establish short- and long-term goals and project timelines. The alliance is supported by an Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia (AMTech) grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

During the March 2017 workshop, team leaders and members will perform a full review of the Consortium’s work and prepare a full draft roadmap document for public review. The primary objectives of the meeting are to review output from all working groups and conduct a work session to complete each section. The group will assemble and review the initial draft of the roadmap, and identify any conflicts or gaps, followed by a plan to address those issues. The team will proceed to identify external reviewers of the roadmap for additional industry commentary on the final roadmap product.

At the Oct. 2016 PrecisionPath meeting, team leaders of each working group presented their body of research on technologies, usage/applications, standards, data management, workforce, and drivers. An industry-at-large survey of users and managers of portable metrology systems was conducted from May to Oct. 2016 to support the PrecisionPath Technology Roadmapping initiative. A preliminary summary of the survey results was presented to the group, followed by a brainstorming session for all working groups culminating in concise reports presented to the participants. Interested metrology professionals from the large-scale manufacturing community who can commit to attending PrecisionPath technical meetings and conferences are urged to contact CMS Committee Chair Ron Hicks at ron.hicks@apisensor.com.

The PrecisionPath Consortium is comprised of representatives from leading manufacturing companies including Lockheed Martin, The Boeing Company, Spirit AeroSystems, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and Siemens. Participating OEMs and metrology service providers included Automated Precision (API), New River Kinematics (NRK), Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, ECM Global Measurement Solutions, Nikon Metrology, and Planet Tool and Engineering. Consortium organizers are Ron Hicks, CMS PrecisionPath Chair, and UNC Charlotte representatives Ed Morse, John Ziegert, Ram Kumar, and Antonis Stylianou. Thomas Lettieri of NIST serves in a consulting role for the consortium. For more information, visit http://www.PrecisonPathConsortium.com.


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Belinda Jones is the founder and owner of HiTech Marketing LLC located in Westbrook, Connecticut. For more than a decade, Jones has written articles and commentaries about manufacturing, engineering, quality assurance, CAD/CAM/CAE applications, and other high-tech topics. She has extensive experience in marketing communications, technical sales, and applications engineering. Before joining the computer industry, she was a broadcast copywriter for four years. Jones holds degrees in fine arts and mechanical engineering, and studied cultural arts in Europe.