Original Date: 11/03/1996
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Inspection Facility and Equipment
The Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant Inspection Facility has converted its weapons manufacturing capability in precision metrology to a testbed for examining and solving common issues that face the American manufacturing industry. Consequently, the Y-12 Plant Inspection Facility is a leader in precision metrology through the use of high precision coordinate measurement machines (CMMs). Nine existing machines have been selected to handle small, medium, and large parts with accuracies from less than 50 micro inches to less than 200 micro inches. Within this laboratory setting, the thermal environment is controlled from + 1° F to less than + - 0.1 ° F.
Because of the variety of CMMs within this facility, Y-12 experienced common industry-wide problems. Multiple machine specific calibration routines, multiple part programming languages and machine controls require extensive operator cross-training. To address these issues, Y-12 has developed an Intelligent Inspection System (IIS) with objectives to provide one standardized operator interface, one analysis software package, and one part-programming language which is dimensional measurement interface specification (DMIS) compliant. One machine is currently complete and all machine upgrades to implement an IIS will be completed in 1999 (total of seven). The Generic Analysis tool Y-12 has selected is Brown & Sharpe's Quindos software. The operator's interface is a Silicon Graphics workstation running under the Motif Windows environment. Custom developed machine controller interfaces have been developed jointly with Brown & Sharpe. The Common Part Program Language is DMIS compliant and passes through another interface for this control.
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