5 MORE Questions You Should Ask Yourself When Budgeting for a CMMby April Lemois on February 9, 2018 From Technology, Ask The Experts
If you’re a manufacturer then you’re all too familiar with the importance of meeting specifications when it comes to Quality Assurance. Measurement errors are a common reason why products fail to meet specifications, which is why it’s a good idea to integrate a coordinate measuring machine (CMM) into your operations to ensure pinpoint accuracy. We’ve previously covered the Top 5 Questions to Ask Yourself When Budgeting for a CMM, now we’re expanding the topic to include 5 MORE questions you should ask yourself before establishing your budget.
- Will this CMM meet my standards and regulations?
ISO compliance ensures that the machine meets international standards for reliability and quality. In order to safeguard your investment, it’s wise to purchase a CMM that is ISO 9001 compliant, and also meets your company’s standards and regulations.
- Will this machine be environmentally friendly and cost-efficient?
A CMM with eco-friendly features can reduce power consumption when the machine is idle to improve energy efficiency, promote sustainability, and support productivity goals without impacting machine performance. Not only is a power-saving option good for the environment, it’s good for the bottom-line by reducing electricity costs.
- How will I train personnel on the machine?
Integrating a CMM into your workflow will require your team members to be trained on the machine. Ask what type of training your CMM supplier provides and the associated costs, if any. A good supplier will not only offer free training, but also provide supplemental resources (likely online) that your staff members can turn to when they need to find solutions to challenges.
- What are my financing options?
Determine the best method for purchasing your CMM: by using capital, acquiring a loan, or other financing vehicle. A reputable CMM manufacturer should be able to provide easy financing options, as well as rental or leasing options
- What is the installation/transition period?
Time is money so you’ll want to get your CMM up and running as quickly and seamlessly as possible. Be sure to ask your CMM supplier how long it will take, not only to install the CMM, but to train the staff on it. A short transition period will help your organization avoid costly operational downtime.
April Lemois is a Product Marketing Manager for Bridge and Shop-Floor CMMs at Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence located in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. Lemois has written numerous articles and blog entries for both technical and nontechnical industries. Before joining Hexagon, she served as a marketing coordinator for a global analytical instrumentation manufacturer with experience in marketing, social media management, public relations, and digital marketing. Lemois holds a Bachelor of Science in Advertising and Marketing Communications from Johnson & Wales University.