Practical Applications of Machine Tool Metrology

This course is designed for manufacturing engineers and technicians looking to assess, characterize, and understand the accuracy errors of a machine tool and perform the necessary tests for specific applications. It provides a comprehensive review of the latest national and international standards for CNC machine tool evaluation. Current metrology instruments are reviewed including newly developed systems such as autocollimators, electronic levels and compliance systems, telescoping ballbars, and spindle analysis systems.

Class Details

Class Name:
Practical Applications of Machine Tool Metrology
Job functions concerned with machine tool productivity and purchasing specifications. It is also appropriate for managers, engineers, and technicians engaged in plant management and supervision, manufacturing operations, quality assurance, control, and maintenance, machine tool builders and designers, machine tool rebuilders and distributors, machine tool sales, service, and testing representatives, technology educators, machinists, factory, assembly and field service technicians.
3 Day Course

Learning Objectives

  • Understand, assess, and characterize the accuracy errors of machine tools
  • Perform the appropriate tests for error evaluation
  • Create specifications based on standards
  • Communicate in terms used and understood by the machine tool community
  • Become familiar with the use of recently developed metrology instruments
  • Identify machine tool accuracy error sources
  • Compare the accuracy of similar machines
  • Make informed purchase decisions
  • Effect machine tool error corrections
  • Plan maintenance action

Outline At-a-Glance

  • Fundamentals of Machine Tool Metrology
  • Introduction to the ASME B5.54 Standard
  • Metrology Instruments: Principles, Applications, & Utility
  • On-Machine Demonstration: Level & Compliance Measurements
  • Geometric Errors & Their Measurement
  • On-Machine Demonstration: Geometric Error Mapping with the 5-D Laser Measurement System & Cold Tests with the Spindle Analyzer System
  • Dynamic & Thermal Error and Their Measurement Methods
  • On-Machine Demonstration: Telescoping Ballbar Spindle Dynamic & Thermal Analyzer System (Warm Tests)

Job Roles