QMT Features: September 2014
CMSC Round-up
Historic Charleston was the perfect venue for 30th Annual Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference, writes Belinda Jones

The Coordinate Metrology Society made a little history this summer in Charleston, South Carolina. The organization hosted its 30th annual Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference (CMSC), which attracted metrologists from all corners of the globe.

CMSC provides an open, educational atmosphere that draws the top brass in the business, as well as those getting their feet wet for the first time. The weeklong conference was attended by manufacturers, engineers, scientists, quality control specialists, metrologists, educators, and students. Simply put, the field of 3D portable metrology is critically important to the fields of manufacturing and science.

Attendees are encouraged to discuss problems, find solutions and check out the newest technology advancements from service providers and OEM manufacturers of close-tolerance, industrial coordinate measurement systems, software, and peripherals.

Wide spectrum of industrial measurement applications
While the CMSC is hosted in a different city each year, the core competency of the conference is the same each year…unrivaled, expert-level technical presentations covering topics from theory to practical applications to analysis of data captured, 

This year, twenty-four metrology professionals covered subject matter such as the application of photogrammetry for antenna measurement, the absolute positioning of robots, automated production measurement of an auto welding line, comparing optical vision systems and much more.

This year’s Keynote speaker was Mr. William Gressler, the Telescope and Site Manager for the LSST (Large Synoptic Survey) project based in Tucson, Arizona.  He discussed the advancements in metrology that enabled the 3-mirror LSST telescope and its 3-element refractive camera designs to provide a 3.5-degree field of view integrated optical system. His keynote address entitled “Metrology Systems Enable Big Science” covered how telescopes were among the first key metrology systems to help scientists to understand the Universe and provide a glimpse of the future of our planet.  

The diverse technical presentations roster included speakers from The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin , Electroimpact Inc., Gancell Pty. Ltd (Australia), NMS s.r.o. (Switzerland), Escola Politecnica da Universidade De Sao Paulo (Brazil), Espace2001 s.a., National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), University of California Davis, National Research Council of Canada, Premium AerotTech (Germany), Shanghai University (China), Rolls Royce, National Physical Laboratory (NPL - UK), Sigma Space, FFT Produktionssystemme GmbH (Germany), NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Hitachi Power Solutions Co. (Japan), and other leaders in the field.

Level-two PCMM certification
The CMS also launched its Level-Two Certification, a hands-on performance examination for users of portable CMMs (coordinate measuring machines).  This is the industry’s first device-specific assessment conducted by CMS-authorised proctors. Candidates are required to complete an application process and qualify in order to take either examination.  Applicants for the CMS Level-One Certification must meet eligibility requirements, sign the CMS code of ethics, and pass a peer review. Applicants for the CMS Level-Two Performance Certification must have a Level-One Certification, two years’ basic experience (minimum 400 hours) on an articulating arm, and submit an application with two references who can attest to their hands-on expertise.

Last year, the Coordinate Metrology Society rolled out the industry’s first Level-One Certification Program for Portable 3D Metrology. The CMS Certification credential aids in quantifying an employee’s knowledge of metrology, which is essential to ISO certified manufacturers and companies with Quality Management Systems. Examinations were held during the week at the conference. The Level-One examination is a proctored, online assessment covering foundational theory and practice common to most portable 3D metrology devices. Applicants for the Level-One Certification must submit an application, meet eligibility requirements, sign the CMS code of ethics, and pass a peer review.

The career credentials gained through the CMS Level-One and Level-Two Certification process helps to quantify an employee’s knowledge of metrology, which is essential to ISO certified manufacturers and companies with Quality Management Systems. During the Level-Two Certification exam, the candidate uses the metrology instrument to collect a series of measurements on an artifact, then analyses specific features of that artifact. The proctor evaluates the applicant’s measurement techniques, accuracy of the results, and overall performance on the portable CMM. The Level-Two Certification program was professionally designed and developed in cooperation with the CMS.

Full Tilt in the Exhibition Hall    
The CMSC featured 43 exhibitors in the action-packed exhibition hall where attendees viewed technology, services, and solutions for their portable metrology requirements. Several companies debuted important new products at CMSC including Geodetic Systems (GSI), Brunson Instrument Company, Metrologic, Aicon, Surphaser, Rhino Metrology Works, Innovmetric and more. The CMS also welcomed first-time exhibitors Acquip, InspectionXpert, Rapidfit, Rayco and TPM. Attendees leveraged the opportunity to meet with exhibitors and discuss their metrology requirements during the convenient exhibition floor hours.

New Measurement Zone and other Events
Located in the center of the Exhibition Hall, the all-new 2,500 sq. ft. Measurement Zone was the focal point for daily educational activities focused on advancing the knowledge of metrology. In this arena, there was a popular e-learning center with multiple topics, seminars and workshops. The Measurement Zone also served as a learning hub for Portable arm applications, where attendees learned the correct way to approach a PCMM and metrology software. The exciting laser tracker competition utilized a full size BMW for participants to accurately measure a part and compare it to its design model. Clearly, the redesigned and expanded Measurement Zone was “the place” to learn about metrology, test skill levels, and gain hands-on experience with portable metrology devices.

CMSC is a well-rounded event that also included networking events, User Group Meetings, a popular 5 Billion Micron Fun Run/Walk, and the annual CMSC Banquet. Many attendees caught the Friday tour of the Boeing – North Charleston facility, and enjoyed a tour of the beautiful Charleston Harbor.

New CMS Officer Slate
Ron Hicks presided as the Chairman of this year’s conference, and will serve as Past Chairman. The Coordinate Metrology Society also elected officers for the 2015 membership year. Ron Rode will serve as the 2015 CMSC Chairman, with Rina Molari in the supporting role of Vice Chairman. Other members serving on the 2014 CMS Executive Committee are Robb McIvor (Past Chair), Scott Sandwith, Gary Confalone, Randy Gruver, Keith Bevan, Nathalie Blanco, Rina Molari, Lisa Spoon, Jan Rode, Cali Schwartzly, Tara Mitchell, and Ulysses Green. Scott Sandwith and Gary Confalone were elected to serve again on the 2015 Executive Committee.

To learn more about the Coordinate Metrology Society and the 2015 CMSC to be held in Hollywood, FL, July 20 - 24, please visit http://www.cmsc.org regularly, as the web site is updated throughout the year.
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