AIMS Metrology Blog

AIMS Metrology Blog


CMMs and Climate Change

In the Northern Hemisphere spring will officially begin on March 19. For 10 to 20 percent of the population, winter, with its short days, murky skies and lack of sunlight, means the onset of seasonal affective disorder (SAD).  The depressive condition is said to occur four times more often in women than in men.  Whether or not you have SAD, the environment—outside or inside—can influence behavior, mood and motivation.

What’s In An Air Bearing?

Over the years I’ve often heard it said that it is the little things that make the big things happen. In recent years, digitization has put the spotlight on software tools as a means to improve CMM performance. But software can only take one so far. Getting back to basics—good designs and sound engineering—are the keys to a high-performing CMM.

Fasten Your Seat Belts – 2020 Promises To Be Exciting

Industry 4.0, Industry 5.0, digitization, automation and 3D printing—the manufacturing process has changed dramatically over the last decade. Now, looking ahead to a new year and the start of a new decade, one of the biggest changes for companies is data. Automation and precision measurement will help companies make better products faster but those elements rely in part on a database infrastructure.

Closing Out 2019 With a Bang!

The global coordinate measuring machine (CMM) market in the automotive industry is expected to reach $1.278 billion by 2021. The global CMM market as a whole is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than seven percent between now and 2021. The primary drivers are 3D inspection of products using CMMs, rising electric vehicle sales and the increasing use of metrology in the power sector.

CMMs and Their Future in Manufacturing

We all know that CMMs measure the geometry of physical objects by using a probe to sense discrete points on a part’s surface. Numbers tell an interesting story.  In fact, the laws of mathematics govern everything around us from the ability to tell time to balancing a checkbook, cooking a meal or being able to assess whether a sale price on an item is really a good deal or not.

All About Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMMs)

Automotive Manufacturers: The Future Is Closer Than You Think - Are You Ready?

Some experts believe we are years from realizing self-driving cars. But if you take a look under the hood and kick the tires, the timeline for the autonomous car might be closer than we think. The world’s top automakers have made some interesting predictions and companies like Ford, GM, BMW and others have established their own timelines

Spooky Good Savings Before the Year is Over

With October 31 right around the corner, many of us are thinking about carving pumpkins, scary movies [or the timeless classic “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”], and candy of course. Lots of candy.  And depending on where you live and how populated your area is with children, you may or may not get a hoard of trick or treaters.  We’re talking about Halloween of course. The first of the fall holidays, the tradition is rooted in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. By the eighth century Pope Gregory III marked November 1 as a time to honor saints. When all Saints Day borrowed some of the activities from Samhain, the evening before became known as All Hallows Eve and later Halloween.

Manufacturing Day Was a Hit

Manufacturing Day is an annual event that takes place on the first Friday in October. This year the celebration of modern manufacturing took place on October 4, 2019.  Last year 3,000 events took place across the country to inspire and educate students, communities and policy makers on this integral component of the local, national and global economy.

Closing the Skills Gap – It’s Complicated

A recent conversation with a metalworking equipment supplier revealed an interesting perspective on the skills gap. A 25-year careerist in the press brake industry, he said, “Operators had to have an understanding of principles like bend allowances, v-die selection, and how materials react to bending. That kind of know-how came with experience. Fast forward to today. We’ve removed sheet metal and wood working from high schools. We’ve effectively removed an avenue for young people to nurture the creative bug with the idea of working with ones hands.”

3-Axis Contact Probes vs. 5-Axis Contact Probes

One of the major challenges of precision machining is obtaining the accurate measurements necessary to conform to tight tolerances. Without accurate data about a component’s geometry, it’s impossible to configure machinery or monitor the shaping process for errors properly.

CMM probes, such as those provided by AIMS Metrology, are designed to solve this problem. These devices gather key data points before, during, and after the machining process to maximize efficiency and reduce the need for time-consuming manual measurements.

What Do Profilers and Manfacturing Distributors Have in Common?

Profilers analyze a person's psychological and behavioral characteristics to predict their most likely actions. Borrowing a page from criminal profilers, many manufacturers do something similar when looking for a distributor. They usually have a set of ideal attributes in mind, a preferred vendor profile of sorts. The profile often prioritizes service as much (or maybe more) as the products and equipment offered. Seven key traits distinguish distributors who emphasize service and value-added capabilities:

Mutualism in Industrial Applications: The Manufacturer-Distributor Relationship

We’ve all heard the phrase, “I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine.” Or maybe you are more familiar with the idiom, “One hand washes the other.” Both phrases describe a symbiotic relationship where one individual helps another to get something in return. Such a relationship can be obligate or facultative according to  As the word infers, obligate symbiosis is a relationship where one species can’t live without another. Facultative symbiosis characterizes two species that choose to live together.

What Is a Distributor Network and Why Do We Need Them?

"Will Amazon’s one-day shipping kill the distribution industry?” It’s a question that was posed recently by Modern Distribution Management (MDM), a specialized information business that provides resources to executives that serve the wholesale distribution market. Amazon Prime members can receive items in one day with complimentary shipping. And the service isn’t just for consumers. Some B2B buyers are also benefitting. Electrical contractors, facilities managers and plant managers to name a few.

Aerospace Parts Production and CMMs

In its’ 2019 Global Aerospace and Defense Industry Outlook Deloitte reported that the aircraft order backlog for the commercial aerospace sector remains at an all-time high due to “demand for next-generation, fuel-efficient aircraft in response to surging oil prices.”

High demand means that manufacturers must ramp up production rates yet Deloitte states that companies will likely “experience supply chain interruptions as some fabricators struggle to keep up.

Can You Measure a Holiday?

On July 8, 1776, Philadelphians heard the first public readings of the Declaration of Independence against a backdrop of ringing bells and band music. The following year the city chose July 4th to celebrate the country’s birthday.  Interest in recognizing the special day spread to other towns and was commonplace by the close of the War of 1812. Congress established Independence Day as a holiday in 1870. In 1938 Congress earmarked the day as a paid holiday for federal employees.

Keeping it Clean: Calibrating and Certifying a CMM


Have You Done Your Coordinate Measuring Machine Spring Cleaning Yet?

If you look at the typical household “spring cleaning checklist” you’ll see items like dust crown molding, wash table linens, dust and clean windows inside and out; clean and disinfect light switches and outlets and polish wood cabinets. “Spring cleaning” is equally important for job shops and manufacturing facilities—especially when it comes to equipment like the 5-axis coordinate measuring machine (CMM).

Flying the Friendly Skies: Can CMMs Help the Aerospace Market?

In spite of supply chain challenges, Airbus, Boeing, and Embraer closed out 2018 with confirmed orders for more than 400 jetliners. Airbus and Boeing delivered record numbers of aircraft and each has racked up seven or more years of production to satisfy a 13,450 airplane backlog.

In terms of the aerospace market, 2019 is proving to be the year of artificial intelligence (AI), augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR), data analytics, advanced sensors and IoT. Data analytics continues to take on a bigger role. Forecasters report that the “amount of data being created by the industry is overwhelming.”

CMM 101: The What and Why for 5-Axis CMMs

Events like the Vietnam War, Civil Rights protests, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King punctuated the 1960s which ended with Americans watching astronaut Neil Armstrong become the first man to set foot on the moon. The coordinate measuring machine (CMM) also traces its’ roots to this tumultuous decade. Those early models were limited, capable of nothing more than manual inspections with hard probing.

3 Axis vs 5 Axis CMM - A Problem Solved 

“Avengers: Endgame” is predicted to pass $937 million shortly. When that happens, media experts will crown the latest Marvel film as the biggest hit ever. The film debuted April 24 but its’ directors along with a number of media outlets have asked viewers not to spoil Endgames for others by talking about it.   The point to this is that individuals have gone to great measures to protect the film from leaks and fans have endured long lines and hours of waiting in some cases, to be among the first to see the film on opening weekend.

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