There are a wide range of so-called fixed metrology products, including CMMs, optical comparators, vision and FOV systems and height gauges which provide metrologists and technicians with a means of achieving highly accurate dimensional measurement results whenever they are used.
Fixed metrology products provide both highly accurate as well as repeatable results and can range from purely manual through to full CNC-controlled systems. An array of different types of fixed metrology products are available and these are explained in more detail below.
Sophisticated motorised tactile touch probe systems are available as it multi-sensor machines with touch probe, vision and laser scanning head options which allow users the ultimate in measurement flexibility.
Fixed metrology is the cornerstone of 3D dimensional measurement and despite the many advances in portable metrology systems and other technologies still remains the fundamental building block of metrology. When there needs to be a reference back to a known standard or practice the role of the CMM is fundamental to these requirements and probably, as such, will never be replaced.