Gear Production

SEP 2016

Gear Production

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14—GEAR Production Supplement F E A T U R E new implementation. No longer at maximum capacity, the company is able to take on additional work and more complex assemblies. "The new CMM and probe changers allow us to use multiple probe build- ups while maintaining efficient runtimes," Mr. Farr says. "We originally purchased the CMM to make inspection of the gear casing more efficient, but it also allowed us to run multiple jobs that required the larger inspection capability. In the past we had to schedule our larger jobs back-to-back. Today, we have doubled the overall capacity to inspect parts, which shows in our throughput." Operational Efficiency Triumph relies on inspection software to handle the growing complexity of its parts. Mr. Farr feels that PC-DMIS inspection software is ideal for the first-time programmer to learn on, but also offers high-end capabilities at a novice level. "One of the benefits of the software is the information you have with the cursor position," he says. "When editing inspection routines, the system tracks your current workplane, pre-hit/ retract, probe tip angle and alignment. In other software programs I have used, you had to manually recall without inserting code into your program, which sometimes caused mistakes." Running operations more efficiently is important to the Triumph team. By incorporating PC-DMIS scripting to input serial number, shop number and lot number into one interface, Mr. Farr is able to create a repeatable process for a more fluid user experience. When it comes to hiring and training new recruits, the software's user-friendly interface enables him to hire someone new to the industry and train them to effectively use it. Alternatively, locating a user who is proficient in PC-DMIS software is not difficult, as the software is so widely known in the metrology field. Another example involves the company's efforts to alleviate bottlenecks in its supply chain. Triumph uses graphical reporting to show the location of component alignments that may be hard to duplicate on a machine. For example, the company provides a report to show a bore package at a best low fit situation. In addition, the report also states where the current bushings are located, enabling the supplier to machine the bushings back to the best fit bore package. Providing inspection reports and visual information enables the supplier to produce parts faster and without errors. The company also creates special reports for its customers based on their engineering specifications. In some instances, a customer will want to see the location of surface features in relation to the rest of the part to ensure accuracy, The Hexagon CMM includes features such as thermal compensation, advanced software and a high-performance analog scanning probe.

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