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.
During the last few years Industry 4.0 has ushered the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) onto production floors across the U.S. According to IHS Markit, the number of connected IoT devices worldwide “will jump 12 percent on average annually, from nearly 27 billion in 2017 to 125 billion in 2030." Simply put, the IoT is a massive network that connects people, machines and devices. So what does that mean for quality?
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?