Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2009
The time and labor to set up a CMM can be reduced as much as 80 percent using PAS CMM software. PAS CMM uses a combination of sophisticated 3-D model feature recognition and probe control to almost completely automate the generation of the code to control the CMM.
The current economic downturn may have reduced a company’s business, but it has not reduced the requirements associated with doing business. This is particularly true for the numerous activities associated with technical data interpretation and application. For example, although the quantity of parts to be produced may be significantly less than last year, everything associated with the technical data package must still be addressed. This includes reviewing the constituent documents to determine accuracy and completeness, setting up first article inspections, generating manufacturing process plans, and so on. In this period of reduced resources, there is even less margin for error. This means that those companies that get it right the first time have a distinct competitive advantage over those that can’t. The former are more productive, more cost-efficient, better able to meet schedules, and more valuable to their customers who are being whipsawed by rapidly changing economic conditions. Fortunately, there are a variety of reasonably priced software tools available to greatly reduce the occurrence of errors. These tools enable the user to dramatically enhance accuracy and productivity when working with a customer’s technical requirements. These tools help to identify a part’s detailed characteristics, derive specific process requirements, generate process plans, and automate the creation of inspection plans.
The CMM program is an essential complement to first article inspection and process planning. It closes the loop in measuring the actual results for the specific part characteristics. In most companies, CMM programmers typically review hard copies of the drawing and manually enter codes for probing the part. For a complex part, the labor effort can take days, and the manual setup of the CMM program is susceptible to errors.
The time and labor to set up a CMM can be reduced as much as 80 percent using PAS CMM software from PAS Technology (www.pastechnology.com ). PAS CMM uses a combination of sophisticated 3-D model feature recognition and probe control to almost completely automate the generation of the code to control the CMM.