Closing the Loop – Part 2 of 2

Part 2 of 2 - Closing the Loop There is a school of thought in manufacturing that quality inspection is not necessary to build a high-quality vehicle. When major programs are launched, the focus is on building the part and often the inspection systems are last in line for installation and commissioning. Additionally, when budgets [...]

Data Rich and Information Rich – Part 1 of 2

Part 1 of 2 - Data Rich and Information Rich One of the long-standing challenges of managing a 100% data sample is being data rich but information poor. In today’s modern manufacturing facilities, the fast cycle times and large data sets can often paralyze the people responsible for managing the overall quality of the parts [...]

Machine Learning and Industry 4.0 for Proactive Process Control

In our last blog we discussed automation as it relates to metrology. That post focuses on the data collection side of the quality equation. Putting sensors on robots to monitor in real-time was just one area where automation could be deployed to benefit the manufacturing plant. Now with the full arrival of Industry 4.0 through [...]

Are You Ready to Automate?

Automation considerations If you have spent any time in a major automotive plant, you understand that automation is a critical part of the infrastructure for building vehicles. Robots, conveyers, and other automation equipment are accepted at a level unseen in many industries. This automation helps auto manufacturers be more efficient, building high quality parts at [...]

History of Automated In-Line Accurate Measurement

Looking Back ... Prior to the advent of automated in-line measurement, the traditional dimensional quality control strategy in the automotive body shop relied on sampling production with off-line CMM machines in temperature-controlled measurement rooms. The metrology science and techniques for touch probe contact measurement were developed in the 1970s by metrology engineers in collaboration with [...]