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.