Explaining Shopfloor Metrology


Shop floor metrology has a significant amount of terminology, technologies, benefits, and challenges attached. First, we should explain what shopfloor metrology is at its basic definition. Simply put, shopfloor metrology means performing measurements for inspection in a shop floor environment.

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Most inspection is done in a lab area at a facility where objects can be measured in a controlled environment. Let’s look a little deeper into what shopfloor metrology entails.

There are multiple types of metrology to learn here. Firstly, we have traditional tools as a type of metrology. But the more advanced measuring technologies include laser trackers, handheld scanners, optical scanning and probing, photogrammetry, and automated measuring devices. The applications for these metrology technologies include quick inspections, detailed reports, reverse engineering, and machine adjustments.

The benefits of shop floor metrology include the convenience provided, reduced costs, portability, and ease of use. All of these pros eliminate the lengthy processes of sending machines to internal or external measuring labs. Furthermore, extensive measurements can be made for medium and large parts alike.

For a more comprehensive look at shop floor metrology, give this video a look and discover the measurement technologies and advancements made for evaluating systems on a shop floor.