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Mitutoyo America Corporation Releases New MeasurLink® Collection Schedule Module

Mitutoyo America Corporation Releases New MeasurLink® Collection Schedule Module

We are pleased to announce that Mitutoyo is introducing a new module into our MeasurLink Suite. MeasurLink’s Collection Scheduler is a module that allows the user to track measurement collection times for multiple active or suspended runs on that Real-Time station. The module displays tiles for each run and shows several color stages based on checkpoints to keep measurements on track. In addition, an email can alert the supervisor if no measurement is started within specified time. Designed for customers that manufacture and measure on a timed measurement schedule, Collection Scheduler works in conjunction with any Real-Time edition to alert operators when the next measurement is due with a colorful Andon display and timer. The perfect tool to keep measurements on-time for operators running multiple machines or jobs, the...

Smart Measuring Systems for the Smart Factory

Leveraging the Power of Real-Time Data Visualization

Ken Myers, Solutions Manager Gene Hancz, CMM Product Specialist

Industry 4.0 and Smart Manufacturing Today’s manufacturers are under pressure to be more flexible, reduce downtime and costs and increase efficiencies. In addition to making new investments in production and technology, data-driven manufacturing companies are responding to these pressures by leveraging the capabilities of artificial intelligence (AI), the industrial internet of things, (IIoT), cloud computing technologies and innovations in smart measurement and quality data management systems—resulting in greater visibility into their operations. AI is already transforming manufacturing by outperforming humans in its ability to provide insights that inform timely, data-driven decisions and productivity improvements. In some operations, AI looks for conditions like idle equipment or scheduled maintenance in order to make decisions about reassigning parts measurement. AI can also leverage inspection results for decisions...

Industrial Evolution

Bringing QA to the Point of Production

Ken Myers, Solutions Manager Gene Hancz, CMM Product Specialist

Challenging the Measurement Status Quo Today’s manufactured components are more complex than ever, with more parts diversity, more model year changes and tighter tolerances than ever before. This is driving a need for increased quality control and the implementation of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) and other metrology processes into the manufacturing process. And, with demands to produce parts even cheaper and faster, manufacturers are taking a new look at where the components measurement process should happen. Traditionally, components manufacturers have relied on a measurement process in which skilled operators use computer-controlled equipment to validate randomly selected parts in batches, usually post-production and offline in a quality laboratory or other controlled environment. Sometimes referred to as “tailgate measurement,” this process can be problematic. When the...

Factory Intelligence

Looking Beyond the Model‐Based Enterprise

By Larry Maggiano, Senior Systems Analyst Mitutoyo America Corporation

Today’s factory intelligence is the collaborative orchestration of people and machines. By blending intelligence from multiple sources, factories are truly becoming smarter. But it’s not just about the machines. Rather, people are improving machines through a true partnership that turns human experience into smarter machines. This shift marks a re‐orientation to a thought process that’s more natural to people. After decades of working with 2D blueprints, designs and dimensioned drawings, factory intelligence leverages 3D models that are easier for people to comprehend and use. Plus, many people find more satisfaction in intelligent factory work that challenges them to manage relationships among machines, rather than repeatedly working on a single piece in a line. In smarter factories, people direct machines to adjust for shifting customer requirements and...

Mitutoyo America Corporation Releases New FORMTRACER Avant Measuring System

Mitutoyo America Corporation Releases New FORMTRACER Avant Measuring System

Mitutoyo America Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the FORMTRACER Avant Series Contour and Surface Roughness measuring system to our product line. The FORMTRACER Avant is Mitutoyo’s next generation Formtracer measuring system that measures advanced contour and surface roughness features with high precision, speed, flexibility and efficiency in one machine. The new FORMTRACER Avant enables conversion between contour and surface roughness measurements in seconds without closing down the software or switching off the controller. Key features of the FORMTRACER Avant include:
  • NEW quick sensor exchange without turning off machine
  • NEW enhanced stylus protection function
  • Increased drive speed on X and Z axes
  • NEW faster retraction of the stylus after measurement (58% improvement)
  • Increase in the amount of retrofit selections of optional surface/contour detectors
  • Easier part programming with the...

Filling Your Customers’ Calibrated Tool Orders is Now Easier & Faster

Our New Product Numbering System & Open “Date Put Into Service” Certificate Simplifies the Purchasing & Inventory Control Process Mitutoyo America Corporation is launching a new feature to make ordering a comprehensive list of Calibrated Products faster and easier while improving inventory control for your distribution center.  These Calibrated Products include an ISO/IEC 17025 Accredited Certificate of Calibration packaged with the product. The Certificate of Calibration is fully endorsed and includes the accreditation symbol, A2LA certificate 0750.01, from the Mitutoyo America Calibration Laboratory in Aurora, Illinois. The accredited certificate represents the best practice in calibration and is a requirement in many industries. These calibrated tools will have a new, single part number with its own bar code and can be a part of your normal inventory. When a customer orders one of these calibrated tools, the tool...

MeasurLink® Transforms QC for Pinnacle Machine Works

Customer Profile:

Located in Houston, Texas, Pinnacle Machine Works is a manufacturer of oilfield couplings ranging in size from 4.5” to 10.625”, as well as a provider of threading services of full-length pipe in the same size ranges. Established in 2013, Pinnacle Machine Works has more than 100 employees and is housed within a state-of- the-art facility licensed by API to API 5CT and to API Q1 standards.

Challenge

As Pinnacle grew, in late 2017 they embarked on a mission to transform and improve productivity. This involved a re-organization of the manufacturing plant, the rollout of lean initiatives and an investment in new tooling. As this transformation progressed, it unveiled additional opportunities for improvement. In particular, it became clear that quality still needed to improve and inspection only, as a means of improving the quality of their product, was not...

Mitutoyo America Corporation Releases New MiSCAN Vision Measuring System

Mitutoyo America Corporation Releases New MiSCAN Vision Measuring System

Mitutoyo America Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the new MiSCAN Vision Measuring System. The MiSCAN Vision Measuring System, or MVS, is a multiple sensor microscopic-form measurement system, using combined technologies of coordinate and vision measurement system technology. The MiSCAN system is the ideal hybrid measuring machine with vision head and scanning probe (MPP-NANO, SP25M). The image head enables precise positioning and targeting measurement even in locations where visual checking is difficult. If you would like further information or assistance regarding this product, please contact your Mitutoyo Sales Representative or nearest regional Mitutoyo Sales Office. You can view specific information on the full product announcement here.
  1. Product Name: MiSCAN
  2. Delivery Information: Available for Quoting Now
  3. Literature: Bulletin No.: 2293
  4. Demonstration Sample: No
Remarks: Two machine sizes...

New QS-L Series Generation C Vision System

Mitutoyo America Corporation Releases New QS-L Series Vision Measuring System

Mitutoyo America Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the new QS-L Generation C Vision Measuring System. The QS-L Generation C has updated optics that now utilizes the same optics, lenses and lights as the QV Active. It has high-speed autofocus to help reduce measurement time as well as improved X- and Y- Axis accuracy with its high-rigidity cross-travel stage and improved Z-Axis accuracy with its Vision AF (originally developed for MF Generation D). The QS-L Generation C offers increased high-speed measurement and accuracy as well as newly updated software functions, increasing its ability to take new measurements and make it more user-friendly for operators. If you would like further information or assistance regarding this product, please contact your Mitutoyo Sales Representative or nearest regional Mitutoyo Sales...

New QM-Height High Performance Height Gage

Mitutoyo America Corporation Releases New QM-Height Series Height Gage

Mitutoyo is pleased to announce that Mitutoyo is introducing a new product into our line of Small Tool Products. The QM-Height has best-in-class accuracy of +/- (2.4 + 2.1L/600) um. This height gage can optionally include a built-in air-suspension feature using an internal pump that allows smooth movement over a surface plate. An easy-to-view, simple control panel enables most measurements to be made with a single keystroke. New features on the QM-Height include a longer operating battery life (up to 1200 hours) and USB and d2 Digimatic output capabilities that displays up to 8 digits total. If you would like further information or assistance regarding this product, please contact your Mitutoyo Precision Tool Sales Representative or the Mitutoyo Sales Office in your area.  
  1. Product Name: QM-Height
  2. Delivery Information:...