QIF V1.0 DRAFT STANDARD AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW IN ANSI STANDARDS ACTION PUBLICATION BURLESON, TX—The Dimensional Metrology Standards Consortium has announced that the QIF v1.0 (Quality Information Framework) draft standard is now available for public review in the ANSI weekly publication Standards Action Vol 44 # 38. To participate in the formal ANSI public review and comment process, the public review period is from September 20, 2013, to November 4, 2013. QIF defines an integrated set of information models which enable the effective exchange of metrology data throughout the entire manufacturing quality measurement process - from product design to inspection planning to execution and analysis. QIF models include quality characteristics and measurement features as defined in the ASME Y14.5 specification and the Dimensional Measuring Interface Standard (DMIS). This new standard will cover a wide variety of use cases including dimensional metrology inspection, first article inspection (SAE AS9102), reverse engineering, and discrete quality measurement. QIF v1.0 provides a standardized solution for defining measurement scope (e.g., bill of characteristics), inspection plans, and measurement results. DAVIS INSTRUMENTS RELEASES NEW V79 SOURCEBOOK Davis Instruments has released its largest catalog of the year: the V79 Sourcebook. The 1,000-page catalog includes a wide range of temperature instruments, process equipment and control, test and measurement, and Pressure and flow equipment. Free ground shipping is available for qualifying orders, with no minimum. New technologies abound in the sourcebook, including the following: Masterflex I/P® Digital Process Pump Systems with antidrip functionality for more precise pumping and delivery.The peristaltic pump provides accurate and efficient liquid pumping and includes programmed calibration. Digital Pressure Calibrators offer high calibration accuracy and a wide range up to 36,000 psi. The Additel 672 calibrator uses advanced microprocessor technology and silicon pressure sensors to provide a high-accuracy calibration solution for gauges, transmitters, and switches from vacuum to 36,000 psi. High-Performance Digital Benchtop Multimeters provide superior measurement, precision, sensitivity, and traceability.These digital multimeters not only deliver performance specifications usually associated with higher priced instruments, but they also offer functions not typically available in benchtop digital multimeters. ZYGO TEAM WINS PRESTIGIOUS ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR AUTOMOTIVE METROLOGY EFFORTS MIDDLEFIELD, CT—Zygo Corporation congratulated the Zygo Automotive Precision Optical Metrology Team on winning the 2013 Paul F. Forman Engineering Excellence Award from the Optical Society of America. The team’s OSA Award cites “over a decade of outstanding engineering work in developing custom optical metrology solutions for the automotive industry, enabling ever-higher precision engineering toler-Ances for improved emissions, reliability and fuel efficiency. In the late 1990fs, major automotive suppliers were driven by tightening tolerances related to air pollution, fuel efficiency, and high]pressure diesel injector development began to seek practical alternatives to mechanical stylus metrology and mechanical CMM systems for surface topography, texture and form. The Zygo Team began collaborative work with supplier R&D groups to find effective solutions based on non]contact optical gaging. The engineering included demonstration of tool capability and fixturing of automotive parts, measuring roughness and shape within high precision requirements, and detailing topography of features that were difficult or impossible to adequately evaluate using then-standard contact metrology. The team's demonstrated successes led to installations in quality control labs, then into pre]production lines.And finally onto the production floor as the default metrology. Among other substantive benefits, these advances in optical metrology have played a key role in enabling the industry to pass the stringent EU5 and EU6 emission laws. The work involved cooperation with national institutes to create new calibration standards and evaluation procedures.Through their efforts, interferometric systems superseded stylus and other gage technologies to become gold standard, in]line production tools. This work persuaded process control engineers that there was value in making the switch, producing a sea change: whereas initially the challenge was to correlate to existing stylus and other pre]existing methods, now the most advanced automotive providers demand that new metrology correlate to the interferometric solutions developed by the Zygo Team. The Zygo Team is led by Dipl.- Ing. (FH) Frank Stanzel of ZygoLOT, Darmstadt, Germany, and is comprised of team members Dr. Robert Sachs, Herbert Grois, Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Udo Waigand and Johann Ableitner. Their contributions.to lowered engine emissions and improved reliability through the use of optics-based metrology.well exceed the high standards established for the Paul F. Forman Engineering Excellence Award. View the latest in quality industry news by visiting our headlines at qualitymag.com—updated daily. Just click the tag now and see what you’re missing. If you don’t have the mobile app on your smart phone, visit http://gettag.mobi to get started.
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