The portal warns when routine maintenance is due for inspection machines or other equipmentClick image to enlargeCoordinate measuring machine (CMM) manufacturer LK Metrology’s Metrology Gate web portal service help manufacturers monitor and control inspection activities around the clock.

Originally aimed at multinational organizations with factories worldwide, the system has proved equally applicable to medium-sized companies with several production facilities.

The web-based platform provides remote access to the status and performance of all connected metrology devices.

Data includes measurement results and a summary of errors, a record of program changes, uptime of the CMMs and OEE (overall equipment effectiveness). Historical logs assist troubleshooting and warn when routine maintenance is due, not only of the inspection machines but also of the machine tools or other equipment.

Comprehensive daily reports include total output per shift and the number of parts measured, sudden changes in process averages, and comparisons between different machines producing the components. Graphical CAD reports, statistical process control (SPC) analyses with Cp and Cpk results, and environmental logs including operating temperature are generated and communicated, alongside charts to aid interpretation and understanding.

In the case of critical dimensional discrepancies or hardware failure, the software shares the information with users immediately by sending alerts via email, SMS, WeChat or WhatsApp. Metrology jobs can be stopped and reset if performance is inadequate, maximising yield and minimising scrap. A dashboard containing details of the errors may be viewed on a web page.

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