As part of the modernization, the plant obtained a turnkey solution. The whole configuration was determined by the specific tasks and parts at hand. The solution included positioning devices, loading systems, probes, and complex probe configurations.
Parts are sampled for measurements in accordance with a manufacturing technique. A special temperature-controlled room with constant temperature and a special temperature stabilization system is used for precise measurements. The laboratory employs trained coordinate measuring machine operators whose task is to check the surface for cleanliness, install the part into the machine, measure the part's temperature and confirm that it corresponds to normal ambient temperature, and initiate a measurement program.
Each part has its own program, for example, some 9 operations along with 6 interoperation measurements are performed for the cylinder block of the 530 engine, and a separate program is provided for each of these measurements. Twelve probe systems are used for these operations. They are installed in a magazine and changed automatically. The probe systems are completely different: there are inclined probes, simple stars, or disk probes for measurement of grooves. If necessary, optional probes, probe systems, and extensions are purchased.
Special programs are written as required, for example, for the purpose of incoming inspection, when parts from various suppliers are inspected and it is necessary to check specific parameters rather than all drawing dimensions. Sometimes, when changes are made to the process or design documentation, the existing programs must be updated. This is performed by a specialist who received training in Germany at the Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology facility; he/she makes changes in the program and tests and approves them.