How to Maximize Your CMM’s Effectiveness: Train Your Staff

It sounds counterintuitive because automation is often framed as a force that threatens to reduce employment, but actually, there are many stages of the process of automation which require human assistance. Automation has already played a role in making North American production lines efficient enough to compete against the competition in countries with fewer regulations and cheaper labour costs.

This narrative is largely true, but that doesn’t mean that production lines are fully automated. Whether you’re looking for a rewarding career in the metrology industry, or you’re a business owner looking to maximize the effectiveness of your CMM machine, here is some information about what to expect your CMM training experience to look like.

In-Class CMM Training

Metrology (the scientific study of measurement) is a highly-specialized field, and you should make sure that you’re only getting instruction from the true experts. Often the best teachers are associated with accredited metrology companies which primarily sell, repair, and service CMM machines.

One of the big advantages of in-class training is that the facility will be equipped with a few different high-grade CMM machines, such as a Bridge CMM, Equator, and a ROMER Arm. Learning is much easier when the lessons feature hands-on experience with the equipment itself.

There are different lessons corresponding to different specialties and levels of expertise, such as: PC-DMIS levels 1/2/3, PC-DMIS CAD++, PC-DMIS Portable, PC-DMIS Pro, Datapage+, Polyworks and Quindos. 

You can get up to date on the latest textbook fundamental with specialized Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing training course, along with multiple revision charts. Expect some tests and quizzes to make sure that you’ve truly absorbed the lessons, and so that you can enter the workforce with an operational level of understanding.

Finally, in-class training sessions should take between 1-5 days.

Online CMM Training

Online E-Learning modules can teach students about PC-DMIS Portable, PC-DMIS levels 1/2, and MODUS for Renishaw Equator. The drawback of not allowing for the opportunity to interact with the machines themselves is offset by the convenience of being able to take the courses in your home, or wherever is preferable.

You’ll be issued a certificate of completion after finishing the course, tangible proof that you’ve assimilated the skills in the module. You can get online CMM training from the manufacturer and from metrology businesses which have been in operation for a few decades.

People who fear that automation will reduce the number of manufacturing jobs in North America should consider that the remaining jobs definitely wouldn’t exist if the industry had succumbed to the competition unlocked by globalization. Automation helped save North American factories years ago, and this equipment is still evolving with the times to deliver even more sophisticated machinery that can keep up with international competition.

It can be equally important to make sure your employees evolve alongside this machinery, so that they can have rewarding careers in metrology while you enjoy getting the most you possibly can from your CMM machine.