Metrology is the science of measurement and the field that integrates various measurements and methods. From quality control to precision engineering, metrology has consistently been at the forefront of innovation in the manufacturing process. In this article, we’ll talk about some of the ways that metrology has had a significant impact on manufacturing.
Exact measurements of varying parts are the key to quality control. It is difficult to monitor or perform experiments on the manufacturing process without proper metrology. This is why metrology was so revolutionary as we see it today. It enabled the measurement of parts by creating a system and mindset that helped us understand part measurements, ultimately revolutionizing our manufacturing process and making life easier for all of us.
1. Precise Manufacturing and Measurements
Metrology has developed techniques, methods, and equipment that allow perfect and precise measurements of parts. Modern manufacturing systems depend on metrology to ensure the consistency and precision of every part in every manufacturing process.
Precision engineering is a term used to describe the process of using metrology to perform perfect and exact measurements. The precision engineering process begins with the measurement of parts with machines. Once these measurements are recorded, they are stored in a database that other machines can access. These measurements become a protocol for these other machines and help ensure that all parts are metrologically sound and consistent no matter who or what machine performs the task.
2. Faster Production
The first step to faster production is accurate and consistent measurements. Equipped with precise metrology, manufacturers can build their manufacturing process faster than ever. With the ability to accurately measure parts at multiple locations throughout the process, manufacturers can finish more parts daily. When you handle smaller amounts of parts, this leads to a higher quality product that is less likely to be rejected or damaged.
Dimensional measurement provides several benefits in production processes. It allows part dimensions to be measured repeatedly and minimize variation. This, in turn, allows quality control personnel to notice problems as they arise and decide whether to reject the part or not. When rejects are eliminated from production, it becomes much faster and easier to produce parts.
With quality control being paramount in the production of parts, precision engineering was the key to unlocking the door to faster production.
3. Cost Savings
Quality costs money, and with metrology at the forefront of innovation in quality control, we see that the quality assurance of products is a major cost-saving factor. The main cost-saving factor is the reduction of rejects. Because parts are measured with precision engineering and stored in a database, manufacturers can produce high-quality parts consistently every time. This does away with the traditional “try and error” method for production processes, allowing for less money spent on process improvements and product rejection.
In conclusion, metrology is the engine that drives the manufacturing process forward. It provides quality control and precision that’s hard to find elsewhere. With improved production rates, cost savings, and fewer rejects, metrology has revolutionized manufacturing forever.