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Automating Quality Control The latest offerings in quality control software include an automation solution combining Web-based SPC data from In- spectionXpert Corp. (Apex, NC) and the Model-Based Defi nition (MBD) capabilities of the CAD-based Verisurf X9 software from Verisurf Software Inc. (Anaheim, CA). Verisurf and InspectionX- pert announced their intensifi ed collaboration on an automated quality control solution, QualityXpert from InspectionXpert, in February at the Control show in Stuttgart, Germany. “We’ve been integrating with Verisurf on the Inspection- Xpert side for years. What’s new is we’ve actually built a full-blown Web-based quality automation system,” said Jeff Cope, founder and chief technical offi cer, InspectionXpert. “I describe it is as a Salesforce.com for quality engineers. What Salesforce did for automating the sales process we are doing for automating the quality process, and specifi cally the inspection process, although we’re rapidly adding other functionality. We have a real-time, inter- active environment, where the machine operator can actually do inspection at the source. So instead of doing your inspections later, after you’ve already produced the part and are inspecting in a refrigerator room, you can inspect right at the machine.” With the QualityXpert software, users can easily run SPC analysis or use point-cloud inspections using only a Web browser, he added. “Whether we import the measurements into Verisurf or into an iPad, users basically just need any HTML5-capable device. We do the SPC right in the browser, and render the CAD right in the browser,” Cope said. “We generate real-time quality alerts so they know if they’ve made a bad inspection or if their process is drifting. The key thing is it’s GD&T. We provide the SPC, and Verisurf does the point-cloud analysis.” Verisurf’s X9 update adds important automated features that speed the inspection process for customers using point- cloud data, noted David Olson, Verisurf director of sales and marketing. In January, Verisurf began shipping the X9 ver- sion, which added the 3D solid-modeling application Verisurf Solids, previously an add-on module. The new software also includes new automated functions, including a “Do It” icon,


to run a macro for quick alignment, registration, analysis, and reporting. “We’ve automated the entire point-cloud analysis and reporting process,” Olson said. “The technology is now automated and easy enough to use for a machinist or a qual- ity technician with only a few days of training.” A multi-tenant, cloud-hosted Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution, QualityXpert has balloon callouts on models that give users more information including PMI and GD&T data. “The geometry alone isn’t suffi cient. There are annota- tions that call out what the geometry means,” Cope said. “It’s also not just having the PMI, you need to know which PMI. In your model, you might have 300 0.05-profi le-of-a-surface callouts. Which one of those 300 profi le-of-a-surface sym- bols are we talking about? Companies are demanding more.”


The latest Verisurf X9 release from Verisurf Software adds new automated functions, including a “Do It” macro for quick alignment, registration, analysis, and reporting.


In addition, the AS 9102 standard for Aerospace First- Article Inspection (FAI) also requires that aerospace manufac- turers follow stringent reporting guidelines. “Anyone making an aerospace part has to generate an AS 9102 report,” Cope said. “What the traditional CMM reporting consisted of was the measurement results—the expected value, and the loca- tion of those, called out on a balloon model.” In many instances, manufacturers need to measure and


report data on details of manufacturing processes that aren’t found in traditional CMM reports, he said. These reports can include data on material requirements, like the percentage of chromium content by weight or on process specifi cations, such as whether a part is anodized or hardened. “We pull in


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