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Product News: NX CMM Inspection Programming First To Be DMSC-Certified

The goal of an information exchange standard is interoperability

Published: Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - 13:41

(NIST: Gaithersburg, MD) -- Siemens PLM Software’s new NX CMM Inspection Programming application, the latest addition to the NX software part-manufacturing solutions, has become the first inspection programming software application officially certified by the Dimensional Metrology Standards Consortium (DMSC) to produce Dimensional Measuring Interface Standard (DMIS)-conforming part programs.

Interoperability is the goal of an information exchange standard, including the DMIS international standard. Manufacturing companies that use open standards, such as certified DMIS output, can achieve leaner and more efficient quality processes. Because NX CMM Inspection Programming outputs DMIS-certified programs, customers are able to build quality processes with a higher degree of automation and interoperability while minimizing data translation and miscommunication errors.

NX CMM Inspection Programming is a new off-line inspection programming application that works in the context of a 3-D, solid-model environment and delivers reductions in inspection programming time by as much as 80 percent.

The Dimensional Measuring Interface Standard (DMIS) has been under development for more than 20 years by the nonprofit standards-generating DMSC organization. DMIS is and continues to be the only international standard (DMIS version 4.0 is an ISO standard) for quality measurement information exchange. DMIS version 5.2 is expected to become an ISO standard during the first quarter of 2011.

Currently, the NIST DMIS Test Suite (NDTS) and the certification criteria both address the conformance of DMIS generating software only, though there are plans to define a test for DMIS consuming software as well.


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