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TheEndoftheEndGame

It wasn't so long ago that metrology and inspection were reserved for the end of the manufacturing process. Metrologists were often considered to be a necessary evil, a harbinger of bad (or good) news, and in some cases, the unfortunate person who explained after a first article inspection that those super-costly parts belonged on the scrap heap. You might say those truthsayers were the Rodney Dangerfields of the manufacturing industry. But my, oh my, times have changed. Metrologists are no longer riding in the back of the bus as Smart Manufacturing is here and now, not a distant dreamscape for manufacturers.

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Change is the only constant in life.” This quote is attributed to Heraclitus, a very influential Greek philosopher from the late sixth century BCE. His time-honored words still hold true in 2019, and change indeed continues to shape the metrology industry. The dynamics of the marketplace are captured in the following major announcements through the third quarter of the year.

Automated Precision Inc. (API) acquires Exact Laser Measurements

In July, Automated Precision Inc.  (API) announced the acquisition of Exact Laser Measurements, a provider of portable metrology services to the North America automotive and aerospace sectors. Exact Laser Measurements provides laser tracker, portable arm, and point cloud generation metrology services. The company was founded in 2003 and headquartered in Windsor, Canada, with subsidiary operations in Detroit. Its operations relocated to the existing API facility in Plymouth, MI, and commenced to offer ISO 17025 laser tracker accuracy certification to OEM specifications along with industrial robot accuracy certification and calibrations using API’s 6DoF technology.

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Women who crashed the glass ceiling in male-dominated fields have compelling stories about the trajectory of their careers. These days, I think a lot about those inadvertent role models, thankful for their determination to pursue big dreams so I could pursue mine. Trailblazers like Dr. Bonnie Dunbar built a door and opened it to generations of women willing to take on the trials and tribulations of making it in a competitive and closed work environment. Women in technical fields such as engineering and metrology are standing on their shoulders, well positioned to “see more and see farther” into the future than ever before. 

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There are plenty of opinions in the blogosphere about technical papers, their value to the marketplace, and the pros and cons of producing them. Despite all the debate on the topic, the tirelessly persisting technical paper is here to stay. For the measurement professional, there is no richer content than the knowledge transfer of timely, relevant information presented by industry experts each year at the Coordinate Metrology Society Conference.

Now in its 35th year, the Coordinate Metrology Society is once again pleased to announce 21 original expert presentations and related white papers will be delivered at the 2019 CMSC, which will cover research, innovations, best practices and substantive application successes. This annual event will be held at Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld in Orlando, FL, from July 22–26, 2019. The CMS has long served the specialized needs of 3D measurement/inspection professionals and scientists worldwide, now including both the portable and traditional coordinate measuring machine (CMM) communities.

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The Coordinate Metrology Society is pleased to announce Michael Raphael, president of Direct Dimensions and a veteran metrologist, will give the keynote address at this year's Coordinate Metrology Society Conference (CMSC). Former NASA astronaut, engineer, and educator Dr. Bonnie Dunbar will be the featured guest speaker at the Wednesday CMSC Banquet.

This event marks the 35th year of the CMSC, which is dedicated to portable and traditional coordinate measuring machine (CMM) measurement professionals. In the spirit of this landmark anniversary, Mr. Raphael will address the CMS at 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday, July 23 with a presentation entitled, “The Future of 3D Metrology.” He will draw upon his 30+ years of experience to cover the field and explore the evolution of 3D measurement solutions, scanning technologies, and digital modeling solutions for the wide range of applications and industries. The CMSC will be held from July 22–26, 2019 at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld in Orlando, FL.

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Achieving Smart Factory initiatives requires a seismic shift toward data-driven processes, sensors, and advanced metrology solutions. Large-scale manufacturers bear the load of crushing backlogs and internal pressures to eke out more productivity. What are the roadblocks? Will existing measurement technologies get us there, or do we need to rethink the current path? What is the 10-year plan for technology?

These all-important questions led to the formation of the PrecisionPath Consortium (PPC) for Large-Scale Manufacturing , a working partnership of commercial-industry partners, the Coordinate Metrology Society, and UNC-Charlotte. This collaborative effort brought together key users, managers, and developers of metrology software and hardware for their first two-year project.

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Shepherding the implementation of any new program takes strong leadership. Building a strong, legally defensible certification program calls for a herculean kind of dedication. Randy Gruver was just the guy for the job.

More than 10 years ago, a group of interested measurement professionals and industry supporters gathered to discuss the need to verify a user’s knowledge and hands-on skills level for a variety of metrology devices. The Coordinate Metrology Society (CMS) formed a Certification Subcommittee with Gruver as its chair, and his team never looked back. In 2019, CMS Certification is at its height with a comprehensive, two-tiered Certification program for metrologists to reach their professional development goals.

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The PrecisionPath Consortium (PPC) for Large-Scale Manufacturing has completed and released their Technology Road Map for Large-Scale Manufacturing. The consortium is a collaboration of commercial-industry partners, the Coordinate Metrology Society, and the UNC Charlotte working to determine and prioritize the technology requirements of manufacturers producing large-scale, high-accuracy parts and products. The PrecisionPath technology road map project was funded by an Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia (AMTech) Grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department. The full report is available at the PPC website and can be downloaded here.

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The Coordinate Metrology Society Conference (CMSC) has long been revered by measurement professionals for its original technical papers and presentations covering current and future industry trends. This year, the Coordinate Metrology Society (CMS) has outdone itself with its extensive slate of 28 unique technical presentations for this year’s conference, which will be held in Reno, NV, from July 23–27, 2018.

The organization has long served the specialized needs of the portable 3D measurement/inspection professionals and scientists worldwide. This year, the CMS opens their doors to the traditional coordinate measuring machine (CMM) community, and honors their attendance with seven technical presentations for this segment of the industry. The five-day event always provides an open, educational atmosphere for attendees and exhibitors to share their experiences and challenges, research, concepts, and theory.

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In 2013, the Coordinate Metrology Society (CMS) launched the first level-one certification for 3D portable measurement professionals. Since that time, the organization has consistently rolled out additional assessments to support the industry. This year is no different. The CMS has announced plans to launch two new certification programs in 2018. First, the CMS Certification Committee will offer a pilot examination for the industry's first level-one certification for coordinate measuring machines (CMM) operators. The proctored, online assessment consists of about 200 multiple choice questions covering foundational theory and CMM common practices. The CMM community is invited to take the pilot exam at no cost during the Coordinate Metrology Society Conference (CMSC) in Reno, NV from July 23–27, 2018. To participate, candidates must register online at http://cmscevents.org/2018_CMM_pilot.html.