A coordinate measuring machine is a long-lasting piece of equipment, with many experts saying that with the right retrofits, a coordinate measuring machine can be mechanically sound for up to thirty years. But these machines are also responsible for highly precise measurements counted in fractions of microns. They require care and maintenance as well as regular repair and calibration to stay accurate and precise. A well-cared for coordinate measuring machine is less likely to produce errors and less likely to breakdown.
A coordinate measuring machine breakdown is a costly event that can set back your schedule and produce a bottleneck while you scramble to fix it. Never let your equipment surprise you; regular maintenance and repair means you can predict and control when your coordinate measuring machine is unavailable. If you do experience a surprise breakdown, Same Day repair from metrology companies like Canadian Measurement Metrology Inc. (CMM) can save your schedule. But they also offer regular repair and calibration services that can prevent that from happening.
Common coordinate measuring machine repairs typically include replacing damaged probing styli, as even small nicks and scratches on ruby probe heads can lead to errors, air quality issues, electrical supply issues, moisture in air bearings, and clogged air filters. In addition to these common repair needs, you may also need professional metrologists for regular calibration and certification. Coordinate measuring machines need to be calibrated regularly, including certifying linear accuracy, volumetric accuracy, straightness, flatness, angularity, velocity, and parallelism. Metrologists will also conduct performance inspections according to ISO 10369.
Machine relocation is another great reason to call metrology professionals. Shipping a coordinate measuring machine is a delicate procedure – flipping the machine could permanently ruin the bearings and axes, rendering an expensive piece of equipment useless. There are several factors that go into machine relocation, the first of which is the footprint and making sure the machine will fit through doorways in the new location. Companies will carefully choose where to place a coordinate measuring machine to closely integrate it with production and reduce labor hours of loading and unloading, or make automation possible. What they often forget are factors like air quality and electrical quality. Poor air quality can contaminate air bearings, while an inconsistent current can cause errors with the controller. Have a metrologist inspect the new location and ship it reliably. Companies like CMM service countries across the globe, including the US, UK, Mexico, China, and Canada.
Preventative maintenance, repair, and calibration are essential ingredients to the longevity of your coordinate measuring machine. Whether you need to relocate your coordinate measuring machine, have it certified, or you’re looking for CMM repair and calibration services, an independent metrology shop can take care of you. Look for an ISO-accredited metrology shop that offers full service on all major metrology brands like Zeiss, Mitutoyo, Faro, ROMER, and all Hexagon brands. Keep your coordinate measuring machines in top notch condition and get the most out of your investment.