Flexible multisensor coordinate metrology is finding increased use in incoming inspection and production monitoring for complex workpieces.  There is always a choice to be made between faster or more precise sensors and machines.  As a result, the evaluation of measurement uncertainty is increasingly significant.  Customers and suppliers need to consider the interaction of tolerances and measurement uncertainty when defining a working relationship.

The more precise and reliable the measurements are, the lower the occurrence of interventions in the process, which reduces production costs.  The use of a precise measuring machine can even allow production equipment to be less precise.

The fundamental principles that lower measurement uncertainty allow greater production tolerances and lower material costs apply to both the manufacturer and the receiver of workpieces.

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