Why are multi sensor CMMs becoming a pre-requisite for UK manufacturers?

The importance of a futureproof inspection system to UK manufacturers has grown considerably over the years, as speed, agility and flexibility have become a vital detail of modern industry.

Having access to an inspection system with advanced functionality such as a multi-sensor CMM, VMM or OMM (Coordinate/Video/Optical Measuring Machine) is a benefit that companies cannot discount in an increasingly digitised economic landscape. Inspection is an essential part of quality control, employing complex and thorough measurements of data points to analyse an object.

Seven reasons multi sensor CMMs are giving UK businesses the edge

Offering distinct advantages to UK manufacturers, inspection systems can completely transform processes increasing productivity, efficiency and competitiveness. Discover the top seven reasons why a multi-sensor CMM is a must-have in British industry.

1. Competitive advantage

The aim of a multi sensor inspection system in a manufacturing context is to measure complex components against specifications ensuring they are manufactured within tolerance, giving manufacturers security in quality assurance. Consistency in results means a better reputation for the company leading to repeat business and greater success in a competitive market.

With the demands placed on critical components so extreme, and the stakes so high, the ability to produce certified products and parts in line with various industry regulations is a huge advantage to businesses operating at the cutting-edge, as well as suppliers working within tier one.

Additionally, a higher level of quality in production often results in a shorter turnaround time for products, which translates into greater productivity for the manufacturing company and lower costs for customers which is why businesses are turning to multi-sensor CMMs.

2. Efficiency

Multi sensor CMMs provide a much more precise way to measure certain dimensions of a product than traditional methods, with greater versatility allowing video, optical, contact and laser measurements for the best possible results for any measuring challenge. Eliminating or reducing human error results in greater efficiency and management of resources within a manufacturing facility.

An efficient manufacturing process helps improve productivity and can improve profitability by reducing manufacturing costs and increasing the quality of products and services offered. In addition, an efficient manufacturing process also saves time and reduces the amount of waste generated during production.

3. R&R

Ask five different people to measure an object, and you’ll get five different results. Not to place any fault with the individuals – we all have our own ways of doing things and approaching tasks. Those measurements might be accurate and correct, but which one can you trust as the answer?

This is one of the core strengths of an advanced multi sensor coordinate measuring machine: it gathers everything, and it does so with repeatable methodology. Forgetting the comparison of several individuals above, even the same, sole operator may give different answers regarding the same object, between measurements. Human error is inevitable, but its pitfalls don’t have to be. A multi sensor CMM will measure the same part in the same way, with the same accuracy, every time.


4. Longevity

The “big picture” is always a focus of UK manufacturers to maintain relevance and competitiveness in the UK landscape, as well as globally. As any industrial revolution stipulates, at some point, if you don’t move you get left behind which is why the Industry 4.0 blueprint has arisen to help guide companies to realise the potential of new and emerging technologies that can save time and money, as well as increase productivity and efficiency.

Automation is a broad focus of the Industry 4.0 guidelines, and the benefits of technological advances are guiding companies towards a more productive future. While, it is not crunch time yet, the industry leaders are moving and more are following suit. The landscape is changing fast and the more prepared a company is for the demands of the factories of the future, the more agile they can be.

5. Speed and accuracy

Inspection systems such as multi-sensor CMMs operate to pinpoint accuracy, and they do so with stunning speed. Machines like those of OGP’s Vantage range can incorporate touch probes, lasers, and advanced optics to thoroughly measure whatever’s presented to them. Liquid cooled; servo-driven motor drives move the machine’s sensors with precision. The faster and more optimised the act of taking measurements, the quicker and sooner the readout. It’s all about optimising time.

6. Higher throughput

Using an OGP 3D laser scanner or multi sensor coordinate measuring machine, data can be gathered up to three times faster than with a traditional co-ordinate measuring machine. With large bed sizes, like that of the SmartScope SP 663, multiple parts can be measured simultaneously for a level of productivity that would take a team of people to match – all in one interconnected machine.

7. Rapid return on investment

All the benefits of an inspection system boil down to higher productivity, more profits, and greater control of production processes. Factories can create parts uninterrupted whilst an OGP multi sensor CMM automatically gathers live data, allowing quick intervention if something goes wrong.

Correcting problems early and ensuring tolerance means less scrap and fewer reworks, reducing or even eliminating production bottlenecks. Companies can be sure of their jobs achieving ‘right first time’ status, building their reputation and not letting mistakes get in the way of production. For businesses hoping to compete in today’s economy, automated metrology isn’t just an advantage – it’s a necessity.

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