How to Efficiently Collect Data from a Coordinate Measuring Machine

Published by CMMXYZ on August 7, 2015

Gathering and analyzing large amounts of dimensional data is the most effective technique for maintaining control of the manufacturing processes.

The last thing you want is a loss of investment in time, energy and raw material by producing defective parts. 

In order to avoid this, efficiency is key. Here is some valuable information when it comes to improving your inspection capabilities on the shop floor and improving final product quality. 

How to receive, analyze and collect faster data:

A 3D Laser Scanner boosts CMM inspection productivity and accuracy. It also drives a digital inspection process, which offers full geometry feedback. Customers in aerospace, automotive and general engineering industries can particularly benefit from this technology; as it will help speed up the entire inspection processes.

So, how does a 3D Laser Scanner work? Essentially, it projects a laser onto the measurement piece and the built-in digital camera captures information under a fixed angle. 

Hexagon Metrology offers various laser scanners that can deliver the results you need. In particular, the CMS108 Laser Line Scanner is the first ever laser scanner with a zoom function - providing three different line widths (24mm / 60 mm /124mm), while keeping a 2,000 point per line density. It can be used on complex surfaces) and can be used effectively on work pieces that require reverse engineering or inspection applications.

Why are probes so important when it comes to accurate scanning?

Scanning probes provide a continuous output by moving along the surface and gathering data as it moves. For accurate results, the probe needs close integration with the sensor of your CMM in order to convert the data into useable surface information.

Scanning uses algorithms and can adjust to the contours of the part you are measuring. The scanning speed can also adjust automatically according to the surface– for example, it can go faster on flatter surfaces and slower on surfaces that are more complex.

With Hexagon Metrology scanning probes, accuracy and generating quality results can become a reality. You can also perform fast, accurate contouring and shape measurements.

Available in small and large versions - the HP-S-X1 series, the HP-SX3 series and the HP-S-X5 - you can perform standard measurements including self-centering measuring, discrete scanning, and continuous highspeed scanning.

What role does data collection and reduction system software have?

Reducing estimating errors is always a top priority. By using data collection and reduction system software, your data collection and calibration can be precise and offer a peace-of-mind to any user. Finally, you no longer need to go through thousands of lines of irrelevant data to identify critical figures. Data collection and reduction system software does this for you.

When you are searching for appropriate software, it is best to purchase robust software that works with a variety of outputs; this way you will have flexibility in linking with numerous CMMs and working with their outputs.

Hexagon Metrology offers a wide range of software suites that can suit your needs. For example, PC-DMIS Software is an advanced metrology tool for CMM machines that can easily simplify any job, save time on setup and also on alignment.  Many other types of CMM software are also available, including: PC-DMIS Planner, PC-DMIS Gear, PC-DMIS Blade and more.

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