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AIMS Metrology Blog

AIMS Metrology Blog

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Is A Direct Drive Linear Motor Powering Your CMM?

Is A Direct Drive Linear Motor Powering Your CMM?

Linearity is a term used to describe mathematical relationships, but it also refers to a type of high-performance motor. Basically, the technology uses linear motion to move a payload at a specified acceleration, speed, travel distance and accuracy. You’ll see linear motors used in gimbals, rotary tables, 6-axis robot arms and coordinate measuring machines like AIMS’ 5-axis LM and its new Summit 10.10.10.

CMM FAQ

CMM FAQ

Although our clients recognize the need for precise metrology solutions, buyers are not always familiar with coordinate measurement machines and their specific capabilities. Here, we provide answers to our most frequently asked questions regarding CMM technology and how it can benefit your manufacturing process.

What is a CMM Retrofit and Why Should You Do It?

What is a CMM Retrofit and Why Should You Do It?

A retrofit will extend the service life and improve the performance of an older coordinate measurement machine (CMM) for a fraction of the cost of buying a new machine. More than just a software update, a CMM retrofit may involve replacing the controller, providing any relevant software upgrades, replacing measuring scales, rewiring, and more.

Gearing Up For EVs

Gearing Up For EVs

Electric cars with their “green” electric motors continue to grab the spotlight, having unseated the internal combustion engine from its perch as the heart of the automotive industry. A growing number of car makers are unveiling new EV models they expect to release to the marketplace over the next five years. The wish list is made up of well-established manufacturers and some new names like Byton, Lordstown and Rivian.

Insights on CMMs in the Electric Vehicle And Hybrid Market Space

Insights on CMMs in the Electric Vehicle And Hybrid Market Space

You'll start to see a surge in consumers purchasing electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrids in the near future. So how does this impact us in the industrial manufacturing space? Well, the EV and hybrid market space will need our coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) and applications to meet demand for quality automobiles. Read below for more insights on CMMs in the electric vehicle and hybrid market space.

I, Cobot: Collaborative Robots in Industrial Manufacturing

I, Cobot: Collaborative Robots in Industrial Manufacturing

 

In the early 1950s, George C. Devol invented and patented a reprogrammable manipulator he called “Ultimate.” For the next decade he tried to sell his product without success.  

Fast forward to 1977, when the iconic film Star Wars hit movie screens across the country. Fans were introduced to iconic characters Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, along with their sidekicks: collaborative robots R2-D2 and C-3PO.

Today, cobots are used for so much more than entertainment. Read below to learn what cobots are, the difference between robots and cobots, and about cobot capabilities.

A Brief Guide to CMM Software

A Brief Guide to CMM Software

A Brief Guide to CMM Software

Market Shape Up Or Shake Up?

Market Shape Up Or Shake Up?

Commercial air travel is expected to make a slow recovery according to a recent Deloitte Aerospace and Defense Industry Outlook report which stated passenger traffic dropped 73 percent in 2020 while capacity levels declined 63 percent. In fact, despite an effective COVID-19 vaccine, passenger traffic isn’t expected to rebound before 2024. As a result, commercial aircraft order backlogs are down as well as rotorcrafts. New orders will likely lag, but according to Deloitte, the changing climate could boost higher demand for narrow-body aircraft.

Navigating Market Disruptions in 2021

Navigating Market Disruptions in 2021



Like most companies, we are creating new ways of doing business this year while we continue to strengthen customer support. Deloitte, in its 2021 Manufacturing Industry Outlook report went so far as to say that, “2020 has been a year like no other in recent history …and that recovery may take longer to reach pre-pandemic levels. The audit and financial advisor used the Oxford Economic Model (OEM) to project annual manufacturing GDP growth levels for 2021 at -5.4 percent. The latest U.S. Industrial Production Index numbers were recorded at 101.5 in September 2019, a drop from a pre-pandemic level of 110.

Linear Motor CMM

Linear Motor CMM

Linear Motor CMM

While most electric motors have round stators and rotors to produce rotational force known as torque, linear motors are longer and have straight stators and rotors to create linear force. Low- and high-acceleration models operate slowly over long distances or quickly over short distances, respectively. 

A Season For Optimism

A Season For Optimism

Monday, December 21 marked the longest night and the shortest day of the year. Known as the winter solstice, it marks the first day of winter and the day that Earth’s Northern and Southern Hemispheres trade places in receiving the sun’s light and warmth most directly. Because Earth is tilted on its axis by 23 1/2 degrees, the tilt of the Earth is what causes winter and summer.

Are You Automated?

Are You Automated?

Across the board more and more OEMs are recognizing the fact that medium to large-sized contract job shops have embraced automated machines. There are several reasons for that. Companies continue to grapple with a shrinking skilled labor pool as experienced workers retire. Manufacturers also want to eliminate secondary operations in lieu of more finished parts and they want to reduce part handling.

The Low Down On Tactile or Noncontact

The Low Down On Tactile or Noncontact

It’s no secret that job shops are juggling stricter quality standards with customer demand for parts that are more complex. When it comes to inspecting parts, we’ve talked quite a bit about the differences between 3-axis and 5-axis coordinate measuring machine technology.

Uses of Metrology for Medicine in the Medical Industry

Uses of Metrology for Medicine in the Medical Industry

Uses of Metrology for Medicine in the Medical Industry

The New Summit 10.10.10 – The Nuts & Bolts Behind The Machine

The New Summit 10.10.10 – The Nuts & Bolts Behind The Machine

In our last blog we talked to you about some of things that go into designing a new coordinate measuring machine. It’s a delicate balance between the right people, technology and software.

Applications for Metrology for Aerospace

Applications for Metrology for Aerospace

Applications for Metrology for Aerospace

The Proof Is In The Pudding – Launching New CMM Technology

The Proof Is In The Pudding – Launching New CMM Technology

Entrepreneur and domestic lifestyle innovator Martha Stewart will be the first to tell you that before you start cooking, you have to have the right staples in your pantry. These items range from baking essentials such as pure vanilla extract, baking soda and cornstarch to items like dried pasta, flours,  grains, rice, nuts, oils, sugars, spices and other seasonings. It’s a little bit like that when you sit down at the drawing board to engineer a new machine.

What’s Your Silver Lining?

What’s Your Silver Lining?

Poet John Milton wrote about a “cloud with a silver lining” in 1637. The phrase has since been used to signal hope in an unfortunate situation. In the midst of a pandemic that shuttered businesses and prompted stay-at-home orders in March, has seen the cancellation of numerous trade shows and continues to impact the personal and professional lives of people around the world, it may be too soon to find the silver lining.

The New Normal

The New Normal

Transparency in business builds trust. The Business Dictionary defines transparency as a “lack of hidden agendas or conditions, accompanied by the availability of full information required for collaboration, cooperation, and collective decision making…” In simpler terms, transparency means honesty in the way he or she does business.  Accountability has a symbiotic relationship with transparency.

R&R For The Shop Floor – Retrofit and Rebuild

R&R For The Shop Floor – Retrofit and Rebuild

Webster’s Dictionary defines the word “retrofit” as installing new or modified parts or equipment in something previously manufactured or constructed. Lots of things can be retrofitted or rebuilt. From vintage cars and houses with history to energy systems, infrastructure and aircraft, the demand to extend the life of an item or structure and increase its performance is stronger than ever.

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