What is Dimensional Metrology in Manufacturing?

by James Rawstron on December 27, 2016 From News And Comment
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Dimensional metrology is a practice used across a variety of industries and specialties to measure the physical size and dimensions of a particular object with different scale technologies. On a global scale, this measurement practice is used to quantify the shape and size of objects and to ensure parts will fit together, which is vital when parts are sent from and delivered to a variety of countries as part of a global supply chain before coming together into the final product. Global trade would be severely hindered without dimensional measurement, making it a fundamental necessity for companies across the globe.

How is Dimensional Metrology Used in Manufacturing?

A critical part of dimensional metrology is that the practice guarantees a product or piece of equipment will perform as designed because of the consistency and accuracy instilled throughout the manufacturing process. If the dimensional measurements are incorrect, the product may malfunction and can result in safety issues.

Metrology in manufacturing establishes a common measurement that can ensure overall plant safety, quality control, and proper maintenance and tool calibration. Metrology has much to do with improving the processes of inspection and checks as well, which will then provide a safe product at the end of the production process. It helps to ensure the product going into the manufacturing line is accurately measured and set. Such good process control will accelerate manufacturing times because the operators will have good information to make business-critical decisions for process optimization.

The value of metrology is even greater when it comes to reducing the frequency of product recalls, accidents, and other operation-related risks. Dimension metrology helps engineers diagnose manufacturing risks prior to the mass production of a prototype while mitigating risks throughout the process.

Additionally, dimensional metrology provides the right measurement data for CAD and CAM designers, who use this information for tolerance in machinery. Metrology, and 3D metrology, allows designers to have data on product creation, the machines suited for manufacturing the product, and the effectiveness of these machines. This data is incredibly valuable across the manufacturing process, and to manufacturers around the world.

Dimensional metrology is a specialty that manufacturers rely on from the beginning to the end of the manufacturing process. Metrology, ensures the correct parts go in the correct places and function properly. Without this information to ensure accuracy and the validity of the process, manufacturers are at risk for safety problems, faulty equipment, defective final products, and can be subject to millions lost in the bottom line.

James Rawstron

James Rawstron is a Senior Marketing Specialist at Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence North America, located in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. Rawstron has 20 years of marketing communications experience in the software, high tech, industrial, advanced manufacturing machinery and medical device markets. He has written numerous articles for B2B publications, including blogs for a variety of industries. Prior to joining Hexagon, Rawstron served as a web marketing professional at IBM and a Marketing Manager at Vector Software. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and European History from Union College of Schenectady, New York.