How to get the measurement system that is right for you

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

How to get the measurement system that is right for you

In manufacturing it is critical to have the right metrology solution, because the choice of precision measurement system has a major impact on quality, performance and costs.
In an ever-more competitive marketplace governed by stringent guidelines and a relentless desire for cost-efficiency, every decision at every step of the product journey counts, including the one you make about measuring tools.

How to choose the right metrology solution

Identifying the correct metrology solution can be a challenging task. What is demanded of a precision measurement system can vary on a product-by-product and an industry-by-industry basis.
To help you make the right decision and have the precision sensor measurement system in place that optimises your processes and delivers the performance you want, you should start by answering the following questions:

7 questions to answer when choosing your measurement system

1. What size is the part? This is a straightforward but essential requirement. The size of the part will have a significant impact on the type of measurement system that you need. It is equally as important to identify the size of the features on the part that you want to measure.

2. Are there specific challenges related to the part? The accurate measurement of parts very often comes with particular challenges. For example, design features, environment and visualisation are factors that can have a significant impact on the choice of metrology solution.

3. Do you need a bespoke metrology solution? Precision-sensor requirements can vary significantly between and within industries, and there are often part-specific challenges to overcome. Standard precision sensors may not be sufficient and you may need a bespoke measurement system.

4. Will there be contact with the part? This will determine whether you need a measurement system that features a probe or a touch mechanism. There are important choices to be made once it is clear which of these metrology solutions you need.

5. What standards must the measurement process comply with? You need the measurement and part to adhere to specific standards, so you will need your metrology solution to deliver the appropriate level of accuracy, reliability and repeatability. Linearity, resolution and stability must also be considered.

6. How do you want the results to be processed? It is important to consider output, in particular how you want to process, manage and share your measurement data. Would you benefit from using a digital measurement network?

7. What level of throughput is required? Will throughput be low or high? The answer to this question will help determine the measurement processes and measurement software that are best suited to your needs.

How the right metrology partner ensures the right measurement solution

Answering these measurement system questions may not be straightforward. This is why your choice of metrology solution specialist is important.

The right precision sensor manufacturing partner will work with you, take a consultative approach and offer expert advice, to ensure that you have the measurement system that will deliver optimal results and performance.
Your partner should have the systems, products and project experience and expertise to guide your decision-making precision so that you have the metrology technology that meets your exact requirements.
And should you require a bespoke measurement system, your partner should be able to offer affordable metrology solution customisation and provide you with the metrology tools you need.

To find out more about what Solartron Metrology can do for your business, contact us on +44 (0)1243 833333 or