I suppose its never been a more interesting time to be a metrologist. It seems that virtually every day there is some new innovation in the world of measurement. Certainly, technologies that not so long ago were confined to R& D labs are now commonplace and making their impact on manufacturing processes and product design.
Non contact measurement and inspection technologies, in particular, have made their mark - white light blue light vision systems, laser trackers and scanners, x-ray CT systems, acoustics, etc., all are now almost commonplace. Whether it is sub-micron or large volume measurement, there is a technology to hand to speed up the process and deliver more accurate information. As manufacturing moves into the era of digital design and manufacturing, adopting a model-based measurement approach, there is an increasingly urgent requirement for accurate data. These new metrology systems provide data in incredible amounts and the metrologist’s job is to make sense of all this. It is no good having a digital approach to design and manufacturing if the measurement data on which all is predicated is bad data, unverified and mutually incompatible. It all makes for interesting times for metrologists!