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AIMS Metrology Blog

AIMS Metrology Blog

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CMMs Take Starring Role in Industry 4.0 Production

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A lot of manufacturers are asking: Is Industry 4.0 actually here? Reports acknowledge that 2017 was “a breakthrough year for digital factory solutions. Additive manufacturing, Industry 4.0, and digital transformation all gained momentum, cementing the need for factory Ethernet if manufacturers want to compete globally.” Predictions for 2018 trends include IT and OT convergence, the rise of smart mechatronics, big data and analytics and the emergence of intelligent automation. So where do coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) fit in?

A Look Ahead: The Future of CMMs

A Look Ahead: The Future of CMMs

The global market for CMMs is expected to reach U.S. $2.9 billion by 2020, according to Coordinate Measuring Machines: A Global Strategic Business Report.  Authors Global Industry Analysts Inc. state that “growth will be driven by the acute need for precision dimensional measurement and validation of geometric accuracy in manufacturing automotive, aerospace, military and other industrial equipment and components.”

IMTS Wrap-up

IMTS Wrap-up

 

The biennial International Manufacturing Technology Show, also known as IMTS, concluded September 17, 2016 (and our feet have finally stopped hurting). The show just released final attendance numbers for this 31st edition, which are:

  • 115,612 registrants (3rd highest)
  • 1,370,256 net sq. ft. of exhibit space (3rd largest)
  • 2,407 exhibiting companies (the most ever)
  • 76 million pounds (the weight added to McCormick Place after IMTS exhibitors moved in) 

It was AIMS Metrology's first time exhibiting at IMTS, and we were pleased with the excellent booth traffic. Demonstrations on the Revolution Series LM, which employs linear motors with a Renishaw 5-axis scanning system, and the HB shop floor machine, the industry’s only mobile 5-axis CMM, attracted a lot of visitors. AIMS Metrology also had a presence at two other booths: Machine tool builder Mazak displayed the HB while Renishaw showcased the LM.

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