A New Owner’s Guide: How to Ensure Your CMM Performs to its Highest Potential

Published by CMMXYZ on October 20, 2015

As a new owner of a CMM machine, you might be overwhelmed with many aspects that come with this powerful piece of technology. For starters, you want to ensure that it operates under its full efficiency and highest potential. Not sure where to start or what to look for? This is a common reaction.

Here are a variety of factors that you should take into consideration, which generally affect the way a CMM performs:

Take part in Courses, Tools and Software

To expand your knowledge and reduce operator errors, proper training on your CMM machine is essential.  It is vital that you know how to run your CMM properly and with the highest amount of competency. One way to expand your knowledge is by taking part in CMM E-Learning, from Canadian Measurement-Metrology Inc. . This will allow you to train at your own pace in a factory setting – in fact, you will never have to leave your workplace! With a comprehensive online library, you have access to tools and valuable information at your fingertips, which can be used for future measurement problems, directly on-site.

All courses are Internet-based and allow you to start or finish at your own convenience. Reference material, quizzes and a training certificate (upon completion) is included in each course, as well.

Furthermore, using the proper software is also essential. By using compatible software with your CMM machine, you will be able to use advanced features and simplify any job that you need to complete. You will also save time on setup and throughout the alignment process.

There is a wide variety of software that is available through Canadian Measurement-Metrology Inc. . For example, there is: PC-DMIS software, laser scanner and tube inspection software, DataPage+ SPC, and much more.

Understand and learn Basic Metrology Practices

Starting with the basics is always a good idea. Baby steps are essential – and learning too much too soon can be an overwhelming experience, especially when a CMM is new territory for you. A good starting point is reviewing the PC-DMIS software, which will give you a firm handle on the basics within the metrology industry. By learning basic practices, you will have more confidence day in and day out when you operate your CMM. Some of the basic metrology practices that you should cover include: file management, alignment, dimensioning, user interface, construction features and DCC modes.

Ensure you perform Preventative Maintenance

As a new owner of a CMM, you should know that preventative maintenance should never be an afterthought. It will help keep your machine performing to its highest capability and will also eliminate down time on the shop floor. The machine should be kept clean at all times. Regular routine maintenance should be also be applied to your machine. During your routine maintenance, you should ensure that the following parts are inspected: the motors, guideway, controller electronics, filters, transmission or friction rollers, drives, and air bearings.

If you need help with maintenance or repairing your CMM, Canadian Measurement-Metrology Inc. offers full service repair and same day service on most CMM brands and styles.

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