First Article Inspection or FAI for short, is a method of examining and testing products near the beginning of production. It’s used to verify the products produced will meet customer requirements as well as industry and quality guidelines and standards. FAI is heavily used in environments where stringent quality inspection is a must and specific procedures must be followed – such as aerospace, medical and automotive. During FAI, a quality professional such as a CMM machine operator will inspect the product, comparing measurements and dimensions with those specified by the customer and in the design. It’s often needed for PPAP approval also.
Since 1994, the ISO 10360 “Acceptance and re-verification Tests for Coordinate Measuring Machines” has been in force. This standard describes the procedures to verify the performance of Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMM’s). Before purchasing a CMM, it’s crucial to get familiar with the basics of this standard. You can find out more about this ISO standard and CMM performance testing in our infographic below.
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COVID-19 has had a huge impact on most industries and manufacturing businesses have been hit particularly hard, largely because most of the jobs cannot be carried out remotely. As we begin to see the light at the tunnel and return to the new normal, manufacturing facilities are now back in full swing. However, due to the disruption, there are many facing a significant amount of debt or just scraping by. It will likely take years for the sector to fully recover from the impact of the pandemic but there are certain things that you and other manufacturers can do to increase productivity and profitability thanks to cutting-edge metrology technology.