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AIMS Metrology Receives Grant To Develop New CMM Technology

Probe configurations will allow personnel with minimal training to operate CMMs

Published: Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - 10:35

(AIMS: Miamisburg, OH) -- Advanced Industrial Measurement Systems (AIMS) Metrology, in collaboration with FASTLANE, an Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership affiliate of the University of Dayton Research Institute and SK Mold and Tool, has been awarded a $100,000 grant to develop new vision and image recognition technology for its coordinate measuring machines (CMMs).

With the new camera system, CMM operators will be able to build probe configurations with a higher degree of reliability. CMM setup time is also expected to be reduced from 30 minutes to 3 minutes per part, saving manufacturers approximately two hours per shift.

“Operator error will be eliminated,” says AIMS president Dave Delph. “We have developed a camera feature with very high resolution that will use an interface we create to verify probe parameters such as stylus size and extension before the instrument is released to inspect parts. Operators will also be able to use the camera system to set up probe configurations allowing personnel with minimal training to operate CMMs.”

AIMS, an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of coordinate measuring machines, recently introduced its Revolution LM series, which employs linear motors with a Renishaw REVO 5-axis scanning system and its Revolution Series HB Shop Floor CMM line. Designed and built around Renishaw 5-axis technology, the Revolution HB is the only mobile 5-axis CMM on the market. Both models are specially suited to the needs of the automotive, aerospace, and medical markets.

The OEM worked with the University of Dayton Research Institute to apply for the grant and has a long term relationship with SK Mold, which tests and produces components for its LM and HB CMMs. “It’s the first of many projects we have slated to further improve the reliability of operator interfaces,” Delph says. “We’re committed to our customers and proud of the fact that we are the only 5-axis CMM OEM in the United States. We manufacturer our CMMs and components right here in Dayton, Ohio. To help customers adopt the new technology we’re offering Ohio manufacturers first-mover advantage with free training and startup support along with a 25-percent discount on the AIMS Renewal Server. An AIMS product, the server will support the new system.”

For more information visit www.aimsmetrology.com.


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AIMS, Advanced Industrial Measurement Systems, was founded in 2009 to equip the industry with the tools to perform accurate, flexible, 3D inspection of in-process and finished parts. In 2015, the Dayton, Ohio-based OEM introduced its Revolution HB and LM Series coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) designed and engineered with Renishaw 5-axis measurement technology. AIMS’ products support Renishaw probe heads, touch probes, scanning probes, incremental encoder scale systems, change racks, styli, controls, and software. In addition to matching customer requirements with the right turnkey CMM system, AIMS provides installation and after-service support, retrofit and maintenance services, and training.