Machining parts makes money—everyone knows that. Measuring them, on the oth- er hand, is not productive time. It is oſten considered a necessary evil, an overhead expense to be endured. Such an attitude is not always the case for those who think ahead. “Metrology can be a strategic tool to go aſter new markets or gain additional business,” says Rob Marr, vice president of C&A Tool Engineering (Churubusco, IN). “It is especially important in medical—if you cannot measure the part accu- rately you cannot get the business.” C&A, like others in the field, needs to comply with both the FDA 21 CFR Part 820 Quality System Regulation and the SO 13485 Medical Device Standard. Te right metrology equipment used well is vital.
Intricate, complex medical devices made in small lots are challenging to measure.
The QC20-W doesn’t disturb production setups, eliminating the need to reset the machine, here shown used in a medical manufacturing facility.
Investing in machines that deliver quality has been a cornerstone of the com-
pany’s strategy since its founding in a garage in 1969. It has grown since into four manufacturing locations totaling 750,000 ſt² (69,675 m²), employing more than 500. Industries it serves includes aerospace, defense, and automotive as well as medical. Jobs range from prototype components to complete assemblies. “For medical, we specialize in surgical tools and implants,” explains Marr. Tese include orthopedic