An exploration into measurement consistency on coordinate measuring machines

Per Saunders*, Alan Wilson, Nick Orchard, Neil Tatman, Paul Maropoulos

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    In high precision industry, the measurement of geometry is often performed using coordinate measuring machines (CMMs). Measurements on CMMs can occur at many places within a long and global supply chain. In this context it is a challenge to control consistency, so that measurements are applied with appropriate levels of rigour and achieve comparable results, wherever and whenever they are performed. In this paper, a framework is outlined in which consistency is controlled through measurement strategy, such as the number and location of measurement points. The framework is put to action in a case study, demonstrating the usefulness of the approach and highlighting the dangers of imposing rigid measurement strategies across the supply chain, even if linked to standardised manufacturing processes. Potential mitigations, and the requirements for future research, are outlined.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)19-26
    Number of pages8
    JournalProcedia CIRP
    Issue numberC
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    Event8th international conference on Digital Enterprise Technology - Stuttgart, Germany
    Duration: 25 Mar 201428 Mar 2014

    Bibliographical note

    8th International Conference on Digital Enterprise Technology - DET 2014 Disruptive Innovation in Manufacturing Engineering towards the 4th Industrial Revolution.

    © 2014 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (

    Funding: EPSRC funded Industrial Doctorate Centre in Systems (Grant


    • CMM
    • simulation
    • uncertainty


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