With the International Manufacturing Technology Show, aka IMTS, less than three months away, I interviewed Dave Delph, president and co-founder of AIMS Metrology. He talks about what manufacturers need most and how coordinate measuring machine (CMM) technology stacks up to the challenges.
When it comes to OEM service and support for coordinate measuring machines, it should be a no brainer right? Truth is, the only thing harder to find than a CMM programmer is a technician with the skill sets to calibrate and service a CMM. It’s an industry wide problem and it has left a lot of manufacturers high and dry. One of the contributing factors can be traced back to 2007 when dire stock predictions prompted large CMM companies to start shedding service technicians. Anticipation of a downturn in machine requirements led companies to reboot their bottom line by picking low hanging fruit [well-paid service technicians] first.