As Manufacturing traverses the road to Industry 4.0, one thing has become perfectly clear: more and more data is generated as part of the ever increasingly complex manufacturing process. A single part could result in millions of digital data points that will need to be collected and analyzed. Dimensional and other measurement data are key elements that help assure product quality and monitor design compliance.
While real-time data analysis can provide immediate process corrections if needed, the retention of this data for statistical or analytical purposes presents a daunting data management task. This important need is magnified when designs and processes become more complex. As the supply chain evolves and expands, manufacturing and metrology data need to be communicated to outside vendors or factories that could be literally on the other side of the world.
QIF is a standard (ISO 23952-2020) that can help communicate product information and digital metrology data from CAD design all the way through to manufacturing and inspection.
Hany Abdel-Motaleb (Mitutoyo America) explains how the digital thread is being used to guide progressive Aerospace companies to continued manufacturing success. Read more: Data Management Software Aligns with QIF
For more information about the Digital Metrology Standards Consortium (DMSC) and its working groups responsible for maintaining and enhancing the Quality Information Framework (QIF) standard, contact Mark Thomas, Executive Director.