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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?

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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.

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The PrecisionPath Consortium (PPC) for Large-Scale Manufacturing has completed and released their Technology Road Map for Large-Scale Manufacturing.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Change is inevitable in every organization. Planned or not, forces inside and outside the enterprise can sometimes encumber a workforce and lead to nonvalue-added processes. Growing spurts, major technology implementations, or even small supply-chain organizational projects can present more issues than expected. However, when a company has a proactive improvement program in place, one that uses lean manufacturing and Six Sigma principles and tools, potential roadblocks can be identified and eliminated.

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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.