INSPECTION DATA IS CRITICAL TO DELIVERING PERFECT PARTS FASTER, EXPERTS SAY.
By Genevieve Diesing
Proper fixturing addresses several key parts of quality: It ensures that inspected parts remain in a repeatable and reproducible orientation on a measuring device. It keeps parts from moving during the inspection process. And it minimizes operator error during the inspection process.
Whether used for custom or modular metrology, fixturing provides several advantages, says Doug Emory, regional sales manager, Renishaw.
“The primary benefit is maximizing efficiency in the measurement operation by reducing part loading and unloading time,” Emory says. “Bringing consistency to the measuring operation allows part programs to run smoothly without error and brings repeatable results.”
In other words, he says, proper fixturing saves time and money.
Too many inspectors are expected to use machines that cost $150k-$250k or more — “which are only great when you can turn them on,” says Allan DeLisle, technical sales coordinator, Phillips Precision.