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CMSC 2011 Attracts Hundreds of 3-D Measurement Professionals Worldwide

Agenda included technical presentations, workshops, exhibitors, and measurement study

Published: Tuesday, August 9, 2011 - 12:56

(CMSC: Benbrook, TX) -- The Coordinate Metrology Society announced that its annual Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference (CMSC) 2011 attracted more than 400 professionals in the precision 3-D measurement and inspection field. Manufacturers, engineers, scientists, quality control specialists, metrologists, educators, and students attended the weeklong event. The 27th gathering of the organization was held in late July at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. CMSC members are professional and novice users, service providers, and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of close-tolerance industrial coordinate measurement systems, software, and peripherals.

Authoritative source for portable metrology professionals

Frank Foeller of Boeing was the keynote speaker at the 2011 CMSC. The conference delivered a comprehensive program of 26 expert technical presentations delivered by CMSC members, special industry guests, and master users of portable measurement technology for quality control, quality production, and precision assembly. Industry experts from more than 10 countries covered a wide spectrum of 3-D industrial measurement topics and applications. The agenda included speakers from Boeing, Mann+Hummel USA, Rolls-Royce North America, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, Sigma Space, Argonne National Laboratory, National Physical Laboratory (UK), University of Arizona, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, and more leading companies.

CMSC exhibition hall displayed bright ideas, new technology 

The CMSC also showcased 47 exhibitors in the sold-out Exhibition Hall, which held new product introductions, technology previews, and end-to-end solutions for portable metrology requirements. Advanced workshops were also conducted, including a 3-D metrology hardware review, a Coordinate Metrology Society Certification Committee update, and a venue covering geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) software as applied to 3-D scan data.

After the successful gauge repeatability and reproducibility (GR&R) study in 2010, the Coordinate Metrology Society organized a new large-scale, interactive study for this year’s conference focused on measurement strategies and behaviors of coordinate metrologists. The participants used a laser tracker, portable articulating arm, and an optical system to perform a series of prescribed measurements. More than 130 attendees participated in the daily data collection activity coordinated by the National Physical Laboratory (UK) and assisted by members of the CMSC Certification Committee. The results of the two-day study were presented in a fourth workshop titled “Results of the CMS Measurement Study and Statistical Analysis.”

The CMSC agenda also included well-attended networking events including a kick-off Icebreaker, Social Hours, User Group Meetings, and the CMSC Banquet and Trivia night. New to the conference was the early morning 5 Billion Micron Fun Run/Walk which attracted more than 70 participants. Many CMSC visitors also attended a tour of the Boeing Advanced Development Center for Rotorcraft in Mesa, Arizona, and concluded the day with a community outreach event in support of the Mesa United Way.

New CMS officer slate 

The Coordinate Metrology Society also elected officers for the 2011–2012 membership years. Chuck Pfeffer will serve as the 2012 CMSC chairman, with Robb McIvor in the supporting role of vice chairman. Talion Edwards is the past chairman. Other volunteer members serving on the CMS Executive Committee are Michael Raphael, Martin Lambky, Nancy Reeves, Randy Gruver, Nick Moffitt, Rina Molari, Trevor Toman, Lisa Spoon, Jan Rode, Cali Schwartzly, Tara Mitchell, and Ulysses Green.

To learn more about the Coordinate Metrology Society and the upcoming 2012 CMSC, to be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, visit www.cmsc.org regularly because the site is updated throughout the year.

About the Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference 

The Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference is an annual event sponsored by the Coordinate Metrology Society. Established in 1984, the five-day conference is held each year at a different location, and attracts visitors from around the globe. CMSC has achieved world renown for its comprehensive program of top-shelf white papers and applications presentations given by industry experts from science and research laboratories and leading manufacturing industries. No other trade show rivals the high level of authoritative information provided by Coordinate Metrology Society members and master users of metrology instrumentation, software, and peripheral equipment for quality control, quality production, and precision assembly and metrology-aided alignment.


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The Coordinate Metrology Society (CMS)—presenter of the Coordinate Metrology Society Conference (CMSC)—is comprised of users, service providers, and OEMs of close-tolerance, industrial coordinate measurement systems, software, and peripherals. The metrology systems represented at the annual CMSC include articulated-arm CMMs, laser trackers, laser radar, photogrammetry and videogrammetry systems, scanners, indoor GPS, and laser projection systems. The CMS gathers each year to gain knowledge of the advancements and applications of any measurement system or software solution that produces and uses 3D coordinate data.