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Mitutoyo America Corporation Announces Three New VP’s

(Aurora, IL) Mitutoyo America Corporation would like to announce the appointment of three new VP's. Mr. Matt Dye will serve as the VP of Measuring Instrument Sales, Mr. Douglas Adkins will serve as the VP of Distributed Products and Mr. Michael Creney will serve as the VP of Measuring Instrument Sales Support. According to Mr. Shigeyuki Sasaki, President, these changes are effective November 1, 2012 and support Mitutoyo America Corporation's structure for continued growth. Mitutoyo Corporation is the world's largest provider of measurement and inspection solutions offering the most complete selection of machines, sensors, systems and services with a line encompassing CMM (Coordinate Measuring Machines), vision, form and finish measuring machines, as well as precision tools & instruments, and metrology data management software. Mitutoyo's nationwide network of Metrology Centers and support operations provides application, calibration,...

New Mitutoyo QVPAK® 10.0 vision measurement software includes numerous productivity enhancements

(Aurora, IL) Mitutoyo America Corporation announces availability of version 10.0 of its QVPAK® suite of vision measurement software. Now provided as standard with all Mitutoyo QuickVision® 3D CNC vision measurement systems, QVPAK® 10.0 makes it even easier and more intuitive to control all relevant vision measurement processes including lighting control, magnification and part programming. QVPAK® 10.0 includes new features that make part programming more convenient than ever. For example, the user interface can be freely split into windows that can then be dragged anywhere on the desktop, resized, minimized, placed atop one another or hidden. Each user can custom design individualized screen set-ups on several monitors including, for example, widescreen display of the workpiece image. The new loop generation allows virtual display and execution of complex loop strategies associated with part program creation. The operator is presented...

Mitutoyo America Corporation Announces New President

(Aurora, IL), Shigeyuki Sasaki has been appointed the new President at Mitutoyo America Corporation, headquartered in Aurora, Illinois.  Sasaki has served numerous roles within Mitutoyo Corporation for the last 35 years including; New Product Development and Quality Control Departments in Utsunomiya, Japan; Manager of Purchasing and Planning in Mitutoyo Germany; General Manager in Mitutoyo South America; and recently Vice President and Executive Vice President of Mitutoyo America Corporation. He will remain as an active member of Mitutoyo Corporation’s board of directors. “To retain the leadership role in the metrology market, Mitutoyo America Corporation is committed to continue providing high tech, durable products which meet our customers’ demands.  We are excited to move forward to the “next- level”, under the guidance of Mr. Sasaki, whose leadership success has been a result of taking a hands-on, bottom building...

New MeasurLink® 7 from Mitutoyo enables selection of the exact level of functionality needed

(Aurora, IL) Mitutoyo America Corporation announces MeasurLink® 7 – the latest version of its suite of quality control management software that combines real-time data acquisition, on-line SPC Software analysis, integrated networking and quality information sharing into an enterprise-wide solution. With four modules, MeasurLink® 7 enables users to tailor a Quality Management System to their specific requirements. MeasurLink® 7 Real-Time Standard Edition is designed for acquisition and analysis of data in real-time to enable checking of variable and attribute inspection data to help maximize production and minimize defects. MeasurLink® 7 Real-Time offers views that allow the user to create Part characteristics, with nominal and tolerance data, and traceability lists. The data collection interface provides real-time graphics for Run Charts, Histograms and Statistics. Standard views include Datasheet (observations and charts), Classic View (chart windows), and 2D...

Performance of CMMs: Testing, Calibration, and Uncertainty

[embedit snippet="2-columns"] 1. Introduction Coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) are the most advanced dimensional measuring instruments on the market today. Their unlimited versatility allows them to be used for an infinite number of measurements. But the inherent flexibility of CMMs can also make them difficult to implement. If you are new to CMMs, you are probably wondering how to determine which of the many available machines will be accurate enough for your needs and also how to best compare two similar looking machines. Once a CMM is installed, the question of how to calibrate a machine with so many capabilities is often asked. And now, with many new quality initiatives being pushed onto manufacturing and calibration, the big question is how to estimate the uncertainty of measurements being made using CMMs. We will try to answer all these questions...

On Measurement Uncertainty

The concept of measurement uncertainty is continuing to create confusion in the dimensional metrology community. As a supplier of measuring instruments and tools, Mitutoyo America receives many questions from customers about measurement uncertainty. I hope the answers to the questions below, along with the included example, will help reduce some confusion. -JGS What is measurement uncertainty? Measurement uncertainty is the estimation of potential errors in a measurement process. When determining uncertainty, you must consider all factors that impact the variation in your measurement results. Error in the measuring instrument, tool, or gage is just one source of uncertainty. Another contributor is the environment, particularly temperature for dimensional measurements. Other common factors to consider are calibration limits, operators, repeatability, and the geometry and condition of the measured workpiece. How is uncertainty expressed? Say you use an external micrometer to measure...

On Accreditation and Calibration

Over the past few years a number of new quality requirements have been released that have created some confusion in the dimensional metrology community. I have been asked many of the following questions, and I hope that these answers are useful to you and your organization. -JGS What is accreditation? Accreditation is the process of proving competency of calibration and testing services. In addition to management and quality systems requirements, accreditation demands proof of the technical ability of the calibration provider. The measurement capability of the calibration service is quantified using measurement uncertainty, which is a key requirement in accreditation. Accreditation also verifies that calibration procedures are appropriate and valid. Accreditation is therefore critical to ensuring traceability of measurements. What is measurement uncertainty? Measurement uncertainty is an estimation of potential errors in a particular measurement process. Uncertainty...