Int. J. Metrol. Qual. Eng.
Volume 1, Number 1, 2010
|Page(s)||1 - 6|
|Published online||03 May 2010|
The management of measurement processes – key to robust and cost optimal production of high quality products
Chair of Metrology and Quality Management, Laboratory for Machine Tools and
Production Engineering, RWTH Aachen University, 52074 Aachen, Steinbachstr. 19,
Accepted: 5 February 2010
Today’s production industry has to face considerable challenges. Decentralised and cross-linked production processes lead to a highly complex production control and a worldwide financial crisis causes drastic movements in demand. To succeed in business under these conditions, production needs to be transparent. One key factor to increase transparency is the management of measurement processes. The management of measurement processes focuses not only on the measurement process itself that enables the decision on the conformity of a measurand but, beyond that, it considers the acquisition of knowledge throughout the production process, its validation, processing and feedback into the process chain. With proof of measurement process capability, the determination of the optimal trade-off among measuring and production process, the adjustment of optimal working points and tolerances is achieved. The management of measurement processes allows obtaining a maximum benefit from metrology under the consideration of technical, organisational and economical boundary conditions.
Key words: Management of measurement processes / transparency / validation / capability / tolerance design
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