It’s called Hercules – the oldest and most versatile military aircraft product line in aviation history. First built by Lockheed in 1954, the C-130 has flown to both poles, supported missions in the Congo, Vietnam and Kosovo, and has even retrieved satellites in mid-air. And today, the quality control engineers at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics use API laser trackers to ensure this legendary aircraft’s quality and precision.
Dimensional measurement of components is routinely used throughout industry to verify the conformance of the manufactured product to the specification. To ensure measurements are reliable, it is important to ensure the measurement capability is suitable for the feature being measured. The capability to measure parts is influenced by
From smartphones to tablets to laptops, mobile devices are becoming the standard in virtually every industry, with the number of smartphones surpassing one billion worldwide this year, according to Strategy Analytics. Manufacturing is no exception, as many of today’s global manufacturers are realizing the value that mobile technology can bring to their enterprise’s quality program—due in part to the advancing capabilities and reliability of the cloud.
Are you thinking about buying a new co-ordinate measuring machine (CMM) within the next year? Well, if you are, the way CMMs are specified is about to change. The main parts of the international standard ISO 10360 that relate to traditional tactile-based CMMs changed in 2010 and, over the next year or so, these changes will be seen in specifications for new CMMs. So, what are the main changes you need to look out for when buying a CMM?
Advanced 3D software technology that simulates and visualises geometric variations that will be caused by manufacturing processes is enabling automotive manufacturers to deliver higher perceived quality while saving development time and costs.
Very rarely is a research area as dependent on 3D-measurement technology in the set-up of its major experiments as fusion plasma physics. When one realises how highly complex these systems are, and how deeply industrial 3D laser measurement technology, and in particular the mobile variants – highly-developed laser trackers, scanning and photogrammetry systems – have become interwoven with this research area in the meantime, one can imagine what the systems are now capable of achieving.