QMT News: August 2013
CMSC 2013 launches portable 3D operator certification exam

The 29th annual Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference (CMSC) attracted more than 500 professionals worldwide in the 3D portable measurement and inspection field. CMSC 2013 was held July 22-26, 2013 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina in San Diego, CA, USA. Organised annually by the Coordinate Metrology Society (CMS),  the event had 27 technical presentations conducted in five sessions during the conference.

The CMSC technical presentations covered measurement accuracy and performance, metrology in aerospace tooling and manufacturing, integration of laser trackers and robotics, coordinate measurement systems, equipment optimization, 3D scanning and sensors, and other applications in quality control, production, and precision assembly.

The programme included speakers from The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin, AIP Aerospace, Electroimpact, Nuclear AMRC/Manchester University (UK), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), UNC Charlotte, National Physical Laboratory (NPL - UK), Fermilab, ISRO Satellite Centre (India), University of Ontario Institute of Technology (Canada), University of Bath (UK), and other leaders in the field.

At the confeence, the CMS y launched the industry’s first Level-One Certification Program for Portable 3D Metrology. Examinations were held during the week at the conference. 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.

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 Level-One examination is a proctored, online assessment covering foundational theory and practice common to most portable 3D Metrology devices. The Level-Two Certification exam on a portable CMM (coordinate measuring machine) was also piloted at the 2013 CMSC.

The conference also offered advanced workshops covering GD&T, the CMSC Measurement Study Review, and Good Measurement Practice Tips.

After the first successful Gauge R&R Study in 2010, the Coordinate Measurement Society has organized large-scale, interactive studies each year in the Exhibition Hall. Garnering enthusiastic participation from conference attendees, this year’s study was conducted to evaluate how the decisions made by metrologists during and after measurement affect the measurement result.  The objective of the 2013 study was to engage the metrology community in practical methodology required to support certified operators and programmers. The results of the study will be released later this year.

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