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Where Have All The Programmers Gone?

Where Have All The Programmers Gone?

 

Global Industry Analysts reports that by 2020, an increasing focus on quality is expected to push the coordinate measuring machine (CMM) global market past $2.9 billion. Examples include the expanding need for high precision automotive parts inspection on assembly lines and advancements within the medical device market. Both are credited with fueling CMM industry growth.

But if the CMM market is growing, where have all the programmers gone? 

Weighing In On Offline Programming

Weighing In On Offline Programming

Philippe Cochet, GE’s chief productivity officer, wrote in a recent GE Report that “advanced manufacturing industries account for 24 million jobs - 13 percent of all American jobs - and each of those jobs supports another 3.5 jobs throughout the supply chain.” He continues,

The integration of hardware and software is changing the way products are conceived, produced and installed…we can now embed sensors onto our machines, leverage software to gather data and use those insights and analytics to ultimately drive greater productivity.

CMMs are a key component in the push for higher throughput. Their ability to precisely measure parts and part features gives manufactures a critical tool for verifying tolerances. Additionally, the data derived from a CMM can be used for design, testing, assessment, profiling and reverse engineering. 

A Rare Breed: Companies On The Hunt For The Elusive CMM Programmer

A Rare Breed: Companies On The Hunt For The Elusive CMM Programmer

Finding Forrester, Finding Nemo, Finding Neverland – Aside from sharing similar titles, each of these films features a protagonist who is looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack.  Nowadays, it’s a little like that for companies looking for coordinate measuring machine programmers.  Having worked in this business for more than 30 years (and having done my fair share of watching headhunters and combing through listings), I have some theories about why qualified CMM programmers seem to be as rare as spotting an endangered snow leopard in the wild.

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