Thesis Title: A Methodology for Smart-Verifications of Coordinate Measuring Machines
PhD Supervisors: Alexandre Ferreira da Silva (UMinho), Arlindo Silva (IST-UL)
Thesis Topic: Nowadays, the globalization of economic activities has a progressive restructuring of business, tax and imposed the need to implement a set of cross-cutting strategies which privilege the dynamic factors of competitiveness, including internationalization, scientific research, innovation and development, quality certification, qualification of human resources, safety management, environmental management and energy efficiency.
An economy supported in scientific knowledge search in innovation and development processes a decisive support. As such, innovation in processes and technology, products, services and management is clearly a strong impulse to the economic development. Considering the decisive importance of the knowledge and innovation to the economy, and to the development of the technological processes, the main purpose of this work, in dimensional and geometrical metrology field, is develop a methodology and a standard artefact to evaluate the performance of coordinate measuring machines (CMM’s), of different manufacturers, existing in research institutions, accredited laboratories, industry laboratories, etc.
Although international standards such as ISO 9001:2008, ISO 10012:2003, ISO 10360-2:2009 or ISO/IEC 17025:2005 does not specify any type of methodology, but refer the importance and the need of carrying out intermediary verifications for conformity assessment of this type of equipment.
According to the direct support that the CMM provide to the quality control process of the dimensional and geometric characteristics of manufactured products, the development of this project intends to contribute to reduce the nonconformities caused by metrological tests performed with equipment’s out of specifications, and thus minimize the economic, social and environmental impact that the situations can generate for an organization and a society.
Thus, the main motivation for the development of this project is to contribute to the purpose known as the search for the “Zero Defects”, especially in the automotive industry (Matias, Oliveira & Coelho, 2011).
The purpose of the search for the “Zero Defects”, on one hand means that all individuals in the organization are committed to meet the requirements at first time, and on the other hand means that are implemented several tools to support the processes that actively seek to ensure there are no parts out of specifications, typical of the manufacturing processes, which after released in the market may lead to the occurrence of failures and potential major accidents.
Develop a methodology for implementation of conformity assessment tests for different types of CMM’s from different manufacturers, will be a complex task. In parallel, research, design and development of a standard artefact for execution of the tests will also be a major challenge In order to make the smart verifications tests a quick and intuitive task, and generator reliability.