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By: Ben Rennison, Chris Greer

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By: Belinda Jones

Dedicated members of the PrecisionPath Consortium gathered recently near the UNC Charlotte campus for their fourth working meeting and Technology Innovation Workshop in Charlotte, NC. The Coordinate Metrology Society and UNC Charlotte pilot the industry-driven coalition to advance large-scale precision manufacturing (LPM). The meeting started off with a focus on the structure of the technology roadmap, followed by a discussion of its overall architecture.

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By: Michael O’Shea

Being able to be in two places at once has been a dream for many metrologists in the measurement services business. Taking a page from the field of artificial intelligence (AI), ATT Metrology developed an “Expert System” to perform a wide range of measurement tasks based on more than 20 years of hands-on experience serving customers in the metrology field. By embedding this knowledge into an automated framework, we have enabled our technicians to be in not just two, but many places at once.

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released the Federal Laboratory Technology Transfer, Fiscal Year 2014, Summary Report to the President and Congress. Including both quantitative and qualitative measures of effectiveness, the report provides the most current comprehensive view of federal technology transfer efforts across 11 agencies.

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By: Ryan E. Day

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By: Donald Hillger

This year, 2016, marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the U.S. Metric Association (USMA). Our mission is to help the United States complete its transition to the metric system. Although we’ve always expected that the adoption of the metric system here was just around the corner, all these years later we find we’re still working for the metric cause.

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By: Ryan E. Day

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Variability is an inherent part of the measurement process. Purely from a statistical perspective, there are no “errors,” just products and parts that are either in or out of tolerance as per specifications. But whether variance can be considered an error or not, within manufacturing environments measurement mistakes often translate to migraines and lost profit.

By: Paul Sagar

Electronic temperature compensation has been successfully applied to shop-floor gauges for more than 25 years. It’s become a mature technology and proven to be one of the most easily cost-justified means to achieve gauge correlation and eliminate the most common cause of high-resolution gauge error, namely temperature. Yet it is still poorly understood and commonly undervalued.

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By: Joel Pollet of Cimquest Inc.

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