- May 23, 2016
Users of portable metrology systems are invited and encouraged to take the survey, which will address usage scenarios and issues impacting industries, such as automotive, power generation, oil and gas, and any related field that manufactures precision parts that require in-place measurement.
May 23, 2016 – The Coordinate Metrology Society, in collaboration with UNC Charlotte, announced the PrecisionPath Consortium for Large-Scale Manufacturing will officially launch an industry-at-large survey on Monday, May 23, 2016. Participants should select the "Take our Survey" button on the home page to contribute to the PrecisionPath Technology Roadmapping initiative. Users and managers of portable metrology systems are invited and encouraged to take the survey, join the PrecisionPath community, and enter the giveaway for an Apple iPad. The survey is being conducted purely for research purposes and all answers are private. To ensure confidentiality, no identifying personal information is collected with the survey. The PrecisionPath survey will address usage scenarios and issues impacting many industries, such as aerospace, automotive, defense, power generation, boatbuilding, satellite, oil and gas, and any related field that manufactures large-scale, precision parts that require in-place measurement.The PrecisionPath team has prepared their first industry-at-large survey based on member feedback from the consortium's "Needs Assessment and Gap Analysis" workshop held in February 2016. This study will gather information about current capabilities and requirements, as well as anticipated future needs, for portable metrology systems in support of large-scale precision manufacturing (LPM). More than 20 members of the PrecisionPath Planning and Visioning Council participated in the pivotal "Needs Assessment and Gap Analysis" workshop. The bulk of the meeting was spent reviewing the technology drivers and usage scenarios identified at their October 2015 meeting, then addressing questions about the various attributes of metrology instruments utilized in manufacturing or scientific applications. The group also discussed additional needs for workforce development, data management, and the industry standards required to support this field. This project is funded by an Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia (AMTech)Grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department. The PrecisionPath Consortium is comprised of representatives from leading manufacturing companies including Lockheed Martin, The Boeing Company, Spirit AeroSystems, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and Siemens. Participating OEMs and metrology service providers included Automated Precision (API), New River Kinematics (NRK), Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, ECM Global Measurement Solutions, FARO Technologies, Nikon Metrology and Planet Tool and Engineering. Consortium organizers are Ron Hicks, CMS PrecisionPath Chair, and UNC Charlotte representatives Ed Morse, John Ziegert, Ram Kumar, and Antonis Stylianou. Thomas Lettieriof NIST serves in a consulting role for the consortium.Learn More
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