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Another Successful CMSC

Metrology conference offers career enhancements for metrologists

Published: Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - 16:49

(CMSC: Weatherford, TX) -- This year’s Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference (CMSC), which was held July 20–24, 2015, in Hollywood, Florida, attracted metrologists from 13 countries, all of whom are involved in the field of 3D portable metrology. Sponsored by the Coordinate Metrology Society (CMS), the 31st annual event is where measurement professionals convene to transfer knowledge from technology veterans and solution providers.

The CMS focused on expanding access to career-enhancement programming, and launched a new Measurement Zone with daily activities.

The CMS prides itself on the open, educational atmosphere cultivated at the CMSC. The event not only attracted the top brass in the metrology industry, but also manufacturers, engineers, scientists, quality control specialists, educators, and students. Attendees were encouraged to discuss applications, seek solutions, and explore the newest technology advancements from OEM manufacturers of close-tolerance, industrial coordinate measurement systems, software, and peripherals.

Keynote speaker Dana Bowman, a retired Sergeant First Class and member of the U.S. Army’s elite Golden Knights parachute team, kicked off the conference with his “life without limits” story on Tuesday morning. Bowman was the first double amputee to reenlist in the Army and later become the Golden Knight’s lead speaker and recruiting commander during his 20-year military career.

As it has done in the past, the conference included 19 authoritative white papers and application presentations provided by CMS members, special industry guests, and master users of portable measurement technology. Industry experts discussed their successful use of 3D coordinate measurement systems for a variety of applications, from aerospace assembly to shipbuilding to automotive inspection. The agenda included speakers from BMW Manufacturing, Newport News Shipbuilding, Northrop Grumman Aerospace, The Boeing Co., Naval Surface Warfare Center, FFT Produktionssysteme from Germany, Argonne National Laboratory, National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), the United Kingdom’s National Physical Laboratory (NPL-UK), UNC Charlotte, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (Canada), Leibniz University at Hannover (Germany) and other leaders in the field.

The CMSC’s career-enhancement programming included the CMS Level One and Level Two certification exams, an expanded Measurement Zone with five educational zones, laser tracker and advanced user competitions, practical workshops, and a packed exhibition hall featuring the latest trends and brightest minds serving the technology needs of the portable measurement marketplace.

The conference also included evening networking events, user group meetings, the 5 Billion Micron Fun Run/Walk, and the annual CMSC banquet.


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The Coordinate Metrology Society (CMS)—presenter of the Coordinate Metrology Society Conference (CMSC)—is comprised of users, service providers, and OEMs of close-tolerance, industrial coordinate measurement systems, software, and peripherals. The metrology systems represented at the annual CMSC include articulated-arm CMMs, laser trackers, laser radar, photogrammetry and videogrammetry systems, scanners, indoor GPS, and laser projection systems. The CMS gathers each year to gain knowledge of the advancements and applications of any measurement system or software solution that produces and uses 3D coordinate data.