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Three Ways Coordinate Measuring Machines Can Improve Efficiency


January 29, 2018 ( Newswire) In the manufacturing industry, where competition from international producers is fierce and there is a constant drive toward automation, success rests on one's ability to keep costs low without compromising on quality. In this environment, streamlining production operations and maintaining high standards of quality control is key to securing an advantage over the competition.

But how can you improve quality and efficiency without a massive investment in manpower that, especially in manufacturing-intensive parts of North America such as Ontario are seeing an increase in the minimum wage, means adding expenses elsewhere?

One of the key ways to balance the needs to reduce costs and increase the profit margin without sacrificing excellence is by automating parts of the quality control process, and a simple way to do this is by using a coordinate measuring machine, or CMM, in the factory process.

Here are three ways a CMM and coordinate measuring software can help you improve the efficiency of production at your factory, and reduce the amount of waste to keep your production process as competitive as possible.

1. Cut down on waste with CMM

By using specialized technology, CMM measurement ensures the dimensions of factory-produced parts are correct down to the micrometer. Coordinate measuring machines, electromechanical devices that can be operated by a person or a computer, measure the geometric characteristics of objects to ensure regular quality control of parts produced on the factory floor.

Even small miscalibrations can render entire batches of product useless, and even minor measuring errors can pass over flaws that can compromise the integrity of your products. But with CMM, you can catch these small miscalculations quickly, saving on both raw materials and your employee's time.

2. CMM is customizable to your needs

In today's automated production economy, measuring instruments need to be optimized to meet the particular needs of many different industrial products and processes. For this reason, it is vitally important for factories to use the equipment best suited to the particulars of their own floor.

Fortunately, coordinate measuring machines are highly customizable, and can handle everything from microchips to auto parts to aerospace industry components. They can also be programmed to meet very precise specifications, which allows for a high degree of precision and accuracy.

3. CMM training courses are available online

Much as new technological solutions can solve a whole suite of problems, they can also create problems of their own when it comes to training. Few businesses can afford to send employees away for extensive training, and given increasing rates of labour turnover in some North American jurisdictions, managers may find themselves needing to regularly train new employees on the same machine. To make matters worse, research shows that employees only retain a small percentage of the information they are presented with during training, no matter how thorough. Fortunately, Canadian Measurement-Metrology Inc., North America's largest measurement solutions provider, offers e-learning options that allow workers to access training from their place of work, and to refresh their knowledge as they need to.

Not only can Canadian Measurement-Metrology advise on finding the best metrology equipment for your business, it can also provide the necessary customer support through specialized and flexible CMM training and support.

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