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11 Reasons to Use Automated Metrology

Journal Article
2019-01-1369
ISSN: 2641-9637, e-ISSN: 2641-9645
Published March 19, 2019 by SAE International in United States
11 Reasons to Use Automated Metrology
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Citation: Flynn, R. and Miller, C., "11 Reasons to Use Automated Metrology," SAE Int. J. Adv. & Curr. Prac. in Mobility 1(2):375-380, 2019, https://doi.org/10.4271/2019-01-1369.
Language: English

Abstract:

Aerospace structures manufacturers find themselves frequently engaged in large-scale 3D metrology operations, conducting precision measurements over a volume expressed in meters or tens of meters. Such measurements are often done by metrologists or other measurement experts and may be done in a somewhat ad-hoc fashion, i.e., executed in the most appropriate method according to the lights of the individual conducting the measurement. This approach is certainly flexible but there are arguments for invoking a more rigorous process. Production processes, in particular, demand an automated process for all such “routine” measurements. Automated metrology offers a number of advantages including enabling data configuration management, de-skilling of operation, real time input data error checking, enforcement of standards, consistent process execution and automated data archiving. It also reduces training, setup time, data manipulation and analysis time and improves reporting.
This paper draws on experiences from a recent automated metrology project and examines some of the challenges and benefits of successful measurement automation.