Not Maximizing CMM Output Data

CMMEven though CMMs are widely used and have become important to the quality operations of many companies, they remain complex and expensive. The value of this data collection is invaluable yet the cost of these can be in the tens of thousands, hardly a minor investment. Plus the cost to fully train the CMM programmer and produce the desired output can be an added drain to the company’s budget and resources. In the best case scenario, CMMs provide a seamless and efficient way to measure parts and provide the quality team with fast, accurate measurement data.

Yet when it is time to create the First Article Inspection (FAI) or similar inspection report, many progressive companies with their high-tech CMM machines are not maximizing the digital nature of the CMM output. After running the CMM, many quality personnel will manually enter the data into the inspection report and the chance of transcription errors rises immediately. The gains of the fast, accurate CMM data are virtually compromised in this situation.

Eliminate Human Error

Apparently, these companies are locked in a classic “Catch 22” situation: using the CMM to glean the measurement data for maximum precision, yet relying on manual entry to replicate the data in the inspection reports. As we know, humans make mistakes: misinterpretation of data, not saving work and mistyping in the wrong fields are all common errors seen in the data entry fields for most inspection reports. Ironically, a CMM program was supposed to eliminate this problem.

Suppliers can maximize their CMM output with software developed to read and import the data, digitally right into the inspection report. Regardless of the CMM model, this software can utilize the data and map the results into the appropriate characteristic for a complete, unambiguous report. This FAI software closes the loop for many companies who are seeking to maximize their CMM output and eliminate costly transcription errors. This is a quality solution you cannot afford to ignore.

Use CMM Report to generate the FAI Report

In fact, FAI software, DISCUS, has the ability to use the CMM report to generate the FAI report and balloon the associated drawing. This method has gained some strong advocates and eliminates redundancy of ballooning the print and then running the CMM. These two, often uncoordinated efforts, can be done in one seamless step, and has revolutionized the way many suppliers create the report. These suppliers are engaging the CMM programmer into the inspection reporting process from the onset and saving hours, if not days of time.

One supplier immediately found that DISCUS was an ideal solution by leveraging the high precision and accuracy of their CMM with a software that easily completes the inspection report with this data:

“We dramatically reduced the amount of time spent transferring CMM Report results, onto the inspection reports as well as the FAI reports. DISCUS CMM is a great tool for this task, with the new CSV format in the DISCUS CMM module it will become less time consuming to achieve this goal.” – Alejandra Ortega, CMM Programmer, Magellan Aerospace – Ellanef Mfg. Corp.

To learn how your company can maximize your CMM capability and create accurate and fast inspection reports, contact us to learn more.

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