AUG 2018

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Page 6 of 23 | The Machine Tool Search Engine 5 rotor is a complex task, but this process can be dramatically simplified with automated software features. Similarly, data analysis and reporting for each sensor type should produce uniform and compatible results. Both software and hardware for metrology equipment are being developed to interact, thanks to interoperability standards. Generic software compatible with single devices will give way to an integration of all devices. Simplicity and ease of use are key benefits of this trend. Likewise, open-platform controllers are available to enable any front-end software package written with an I++ interface to talk to any control system that supports an I++ client. This provides complete flexibility to run virtually any software package on any CMM with almost any sensor. Operators and programmers are no longer required to learn a multitude of software programs to run various machines and sensors. Shop-Hardened CMMs CMMs have long been the source of bottlenecks and frustration on the manufacturing floor. Machine tools may sit idle for hours, even days, waiting for the inspection results from the QC lab prior to the production. It's not hard to understand why many production managers would like to see CMMs taken out of the QC lab and put onto the manufacturing floor. Unfortunately, CMMs utilizing the traditional air-bearing construction with granite tables do not perform well in an open shop environment. Unlike temperature-controlled

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