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Machined parts are becoming increasingly complex, with more measurement features and tighter tolerances. Higher productivity with high standards of precision and accuracy demands high inspection throughput. Co-ordinate Measuring Machines (CMMs) have replaced traditional methods of inspection with gauges and fixtures which in-turn has reduced inspection time and manpower requirements drastically. The most dramatic advantage of the CMM is the increased inspection efficiency when compared to traditional surface plate/precision hand tool techniques. Process control and quality assurance depend increasingly on the performance of CMMs.
In measuring operations, choosing the right CMM makes all the difference. CMMs allow you to inspect standard geometrical dimensions, as well as parts with special features such as gears, camshafts, and airfoil shapes. In a traditional manufacturing environment, each of these special inspections would require a single-purpose testing machine. In order to address the appropriate methods of using a CMM, right from selection of CMM to effective usage, Care, Maintenance and Calibration