New Origin CMM Translators eliminate the programming bottleneck which can make the cost to move legacy parts to facilities with excess capacity prohibitive

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Built on Origin's proven CheckMate Engine, CMM Translators cut the time and labor to translate programs between CMMs of different vendors by up to 95%

Companies that are involved in large programs that run for decades need to move inspection activities among CMM assets from time to time, resulting in substantial unbudgeted costs - and Orign translators solve this problem. The translators are now available as stand alone products.

Origin is in a unique position to deliver this solution. The company was formed in 1992 to provide tools to monitor process capability, anticipate problems and determine the best fix in software, minimizing down time and tooling costs. A more immediate problem soon became apparent: incompatibility of inspection programs.

This led Origin to be a founding member of the Digital Metrology Standards Consortium. Over the years Origin’s work with pretty much every CMM and programming language helped it contribute to the evolution of the DMIS standard.

Programs may contain bugs that do not affect inspection integrity but wreak havok with automatic translation algorithms. Programs can contain user defined extensions unique to the requirements of a specific part. And due to a number of factors the initial programming techniques may have been more complex or roundabout than necessary.

Finally, programs written to inspect legacy parts may be written in languages that pre-date the DMIS standard.

The bottom line often turns out to be that the only way to move inspection to a different CMM is to re-write all the inspection programs. When thousands of programs are involved, as is often the case, costs can escalate fast, sometimes into the millions of dollars.

This is the business case Origin translators were created to address. Origin translators automate the process of translating legacy inspection programs between CMMs and eliminate 95% of the work.

Origin developed a loader that evaluates inspection programs and detects and corrects bugs. It converts custom DMIS extensions to statements within the standard and simplifies complex methods. The resulting programs require less code to execute and still provide all the data needed for downstream use and analysis. And at the same time, the automatic translator removes 95% of the manual labor of converting the inspection program from one CMM to another.

The stand alone CMM Translators read Native and DMIS CMM Programming languages and convert them to one of many CMM native and DMIS flavored output programs. http://info.originintl.com/products/cmm-translators

All of this functionality is in the Origin’s CheckMate add-in for SolidWorks, plus Origin’s offline CMM programming tools to verify that probe paths are correct and collision free. http://info.originintl.com/products/checkmate/programming

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