The U.S. Navy‘sÂ Fleet Readiness Center Southwest has acquired a Zeiss-built machine for $500,000 to help support accuracy in the manufacturing of aircraft parts.
The NavyÂ said Tuesday theÂ Coordinate Measuring Machine works to provide 0.001-inch manufacturing measurement precisionÂ andÂ help measure manufactured parts ahead of installation.
FRCSW purchased CMM through the Naval Air Systems Command’sÂ Capital Investment Program which aims to invest in new technology to aid efficiency, the Navy added.
Martha Hoffman, CIP project manager, said the project wasÂ awarded in April and completed in November ahead of a projected 12-month schedule.
Machinist Kevin Guittar said CMM runs approximatelyÂ six times faster than its predecessor that was built in the 1990s.
Guittar addedÂ CMM is the manufacturing department’sÂ third measuring machineÂ and a fourth will arrive soon from the reverse engineering unit.
The new machine is designed to apply a computer-aided design and manufacturing software toolkit as well as adapt to future sensor and software requirements, the Navy noted.
Zeiss administered a week-long certification class to five personnel who will operate CMM, the Navy added.