Shop floor and in-process inspection has proven to be extremely beneficial for many manufacturing processes. Often parts can be inspected right on the CNC machine without having to move them to the QA lab; this increases shop safety, especially with large parts and avoids having the machine sit idle for long periods of time. In-process inspection by no means eliminates the role of the QA lab and stationary CMMs. Inspection of high volume production runs using automated routines and other specialized processes are best suited for the QA lab environment. The challenges for shops utilizing a combination of shop floor and QA lab inspection strategies are: • One common format for all inspection reports • One software interface and function controls for all measuring devices • One easy to use and learn software to improve employee training • One software that will drive all digital measuring devices – stationery or portable • One software that supports automated and manual inspection processes • One vendor that can provide and support complete solutions Verisurf X8 with AUTOMATE™, CAD-Based inspection software helps CAD, GD&T (Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing) datums, and measuring devices work together to ensure design intent and help manufacturers move towards a Model-Based Definition (MBD) environment. Verisurf X8 provides a common software platform designed to work with all CAD data formats, all portable measuring devices and all stationery CMMs committed to the I++ DME open communications protocol. This commitment to open interoperability is the key to providing manufacturing enterprise measurement solutions. VERISURF AUTOMATE™ FEATURES FASTER INSPECTIONS AND BETTER RESULTS The longer an inspection takes, the more opportunity there is for vibration, temperature change, compensation drift and numerous other environmental factors to degrade the accuracy of your results. AUTOMATE eliminates calculation time, minimizes overall measurement time and provides immediate notification of out-of-tolerance conditions. AUTOMATE yields increased accuracy by reducing the time required to inspect a part, thereby mitigating the changing environmental factors that can degrade accuracy. Manual and automated CMM inspection plans created in AUTOMATE are compatible with all brands and models of portable CMM arms, scanners, laser trackers, optical trackers and programmable stationary CMMs. In fact, the same measurement plan used to run a programmable CMM can be used with a portable arm. Whether the measurement job is on the shop floor or in the QA lab this high level of interoperability empowers the technician to choose the ideal measurement device for the job. Verisurf AUTOMATE improves measurement repeatability and reproducibility by ensuring that inspectors throughout your organization follow the same alignment, inspection and reporting process regardless of what hardware they’re using. AUTOMATE can even create CMM inspection plans to STL files and automate the inspection of 3D printed prototypes and additive manufactured parts. Whether you are looking to implement a single point inspection application or a company-wide measurement solution it is important to start with a software platform that has the power, flexibility and compatibility to work with all popular CAD programs and digital measuring devices.
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