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Consider a CMM for Gear Inspection

CMMs offer a capable, affordable and flexible gear inspection option. Gear inspection has long been considered a highly specialized, expensive and difficult part of the gear manufacturing process, requiring a wide variety of complicated gages, testers, dedicated CNC equipment and highly trained experts. But if you want to make good gears, you need to have all that stuff, right? probe picWell, maybe not, says John Fox, senior CMM software application engineer for Mitutoyo America Corporation. According to Fox, the time may be right to consider a coordinate measuring machine (CMM) for your gear inspection needs. “We have many customers who are using a CMM for gear measurement, production and setup,” Fox says. “Customers including Honda, Kawasaki, Hitachi, Molon Motors, etc. use the CMM to measure purchased gears. And there...

Expand Your CMM’s Capabilities

Moving from tactile and scanning systems to newer optical and laser sensor technology increases the productivity of your CMM. During the past 25 years, coordinate measuring machine (CMM) sensor technology has expanded from tactile and scanning systems to now include optical, laser and surface finish sensors, effectively expanding the CMM’s capabilities. While each CMM sensor technology has its own advantages and limitations, the expanded measuring capability provided to the CMM compels anyone with measuring requirements to consider adding additional sensor technology to a current CMM or for a new CMM purchase. OPTICAL SENSOR Optical sensors for CMMs provide non-contact measuring capability that perform [caption id="attachment_4887" align="alignright" width="300"]The process of measuring surface finish begins with selecting the planar area to be analyzed, then positioning the surface finish sensor stylus so that profile being measured (also... 						
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Improving the Inspection Process

Michael Nahum, Ph.D., is presi- dent of Micro Encoder Inc., Kirkland, Wash., a wholly owned R&D subsid- iary of Mitutoyo Corp., Kawasaki, Japan. MEI develops new technologies and software for products, such as small hand-held measurement instruments like calipers and micrometers, and capital equipment like machine vision systems and coordinate measuring machines. The company employs a combined 85 people at its 30,000-sq.-ft. (2,787-sq.-m) facility in Kirkland and 4,000-sq.-ft. (372-sq.-m) facility near Los Angeles. These facilities include state-of-the-art temperature and vibration controlled laboratories, electromagnetic and optical test and measurement equipment, more than 15 machine vision systems and five CMMs. Nahum spoke about the company’s areas of focus, how part miniaturization influences inspection, new metrology devices and techniques that can help part manufacturers meet their needs, and what still needs to...

CNC CMM Delivers Greater Productivity and Accuracy for Automotive Supplier

Looking for speed and accuracy for its unique processes, an automotive supplier incorporates a surface finish probe in a CMM to obtain dimensions and surface testing in a single operation. “In the remanufacturing business, you can take apart a transmission, clean it, replace all the soft parts and get it back to the customer when they need a new part,” said Gary Noel, chief operating officer and member of the board at Dynamic Manufacturing, a premier supplier of world-class OEM new and remanufactured drivetrain components for the automotive industry. “The real creativity comes from developing unique processes that can repurpose that experienced part so that it performs as good as new.” Headquartered in the Chicago suburb of Melrose Park, IL, Dynamic Manufacturing is a TS 16949, ISO 14001 and WBENC-certified woman-owned and -operated business with operations covering...

Advances in Model-Based Measurement Can Reduce CMM Programming Time

While manufacturers have applied model-based definition to product definition for some time, they have only recently applied it as a quality assurance process. With more man-hours being spent on programming work, differences in worker-created measurement programs, and inefficient programs being created due to proficiency issues, the industry has moved from 2-D drawings to 3-D annotated models. A number of factors—the increased emphasis on quality control, the growing diversity of parts and components being measured, the development of more complex global supply chains and reduced product lifecycles—have led to a considerable demand for automatic measurement programming in recent years. Automatic measurement program generation software uses 3-D CAD and product manufacturing information (PMI) to enable one-click automated generation of measurement programs. A complex program that previously would have taken five hours to complete manually can now be completed in...

Plating Tolerances Guaranteed

Incorporating a laser scanning micrometer into a quality control routine pays off for metal plating ad coating services supplier. Tawas Plating Co. & Tawas Powder Coating Inc. (Tawas City, MI) provides metal plating and coating services to automotive, aerospace and other manufacturing sectors. Almost from the beginning, Tawas experienced strong demand for its electroless nickel plating, which provides a combination of lubricity and wear-resistance, as well as dimensional control, corrosion protection and superior cosmetics. As the name suggests, electroless nickel plating does not rely on passing an electric current through a solution to form a deposit. Instead, the process depends on an auto-catalytic reaction to deposit a nickel coating on a substrate. According to Al Alexander, plant manager at Tawas Plating Co., an important advantage of the electroless process is the relative ease with which it can be...

Custom Solution Meets Demanding Automotive Manufacturing Requirements

Vision system facilitates measurement when heavy fixturing constrains access to a workpiece. Ramcel Engineering Company (www.ramcel.com), located in Northbrook, IL, was founded in 1950 with the mission of providing precision, custom metal stamping, as well as contract mechanical assembly services, and robotic MIG & TIG welding services. Ramcel Engineering serves diverse markets with its output evenly split across automotive, computer/telecom and consumer applications. Housed in up-to-date facilities totaling 60,000 square feet, the company is equipped with a full range of stamping presses supported by extensive engineering capabilities, leading-edge software and automation. Ramcel prides itself on accepting and successfully delivering jobs that its competitors often find too challenging. Safety-critical steering column component Such is the case with a component currently in development for use in an automobile power steering column. The program was awarded to Ramcel Engineering when the work...

New Product Announcement – MeasurLink 8

We are pleased to announce the release of MeasurLink 8 Real-Time SPC software. MeasurLink 8 is the replacement for MeasurLink 7 including Real-Time, Process Analyzer, Process Manager, Gage R&R and Gage Management. For more detailed information including part numbers, download a pdf file of the New Product Announcement for  MeasurLink 8....

New Product Announcement – Wide Field of View Video Microscope Unit

We are pleased to announce the release of the new Wide Field of View Video Microscope Unit (Wide-FOV VMU). The Wide-FOV VMU can be integrated into custom equipment easily, while supporting Mitutoyo's Finescope Objectives. Horizontal and vertical models help avoid wide-FOV camera interference, when combining two or VMUs. This exciting new optical unit further establishes Mitutoyo as an industry leader in the Microscopy field. For more detailed information including part numbers, download a pdf file of the New Product Announcement for Wide-FOV VMU....

New Product Announcement – 505 Series Dial Calipers

This notice is to inform you of changes to our 505 Series Dial Calipers. Due to product enhancements and changes to specifications and features, new part numbers have been created.
Update Overview
-  Improved finish on sliding surfaces for longevity
-  Removal of TiN coating on sliding surfaces without sacrificing wear life
-  New font for easier readabilityFor more detailed information including new part numbers, download a pdf file of the New Product Announcement for the  505 Series Dial Calipers. 
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