Unlock the Full Potential of Your 3D Measurement


Data Management & Digital Connectivity

Unlock the Full Potential of Your 3D Measurement


Data Management & Digital Connectivity

Unlock the Full Potential of Your 3D Measurement

Digitally defining, realizing, and better managing 3D measurement data lifecycles drives better decisions, higher quality, more collaboration, and improved processes (and profits!) for manufacturing organizations.

In today's rapidly evolving manufacturing landscape, every phase of product development generates a wealth of valuable data that is often hard to access and exploit. Digitally managing the way data travel between systems and individuals is essential to ensuring efficient workflows, seamless collaboration, and enabling data-driven decision-making.

For example, consider the 3D measurement data files created by quality control processes. Surprisingly, most companies persist in storing this invaluable data on the local disks of the computers that oversee their 3D measurement devices. This practice leads to the creation of data silos, consequently amplifying the risk of errors. With 3D measurement data, file sizes can rapidly achieve gigabyte status for multipiece inspection projects. When manually handled, files must first be copied and zipped with download instructions written for correspondent retrieval. Then every team member needs to read and follow the instructions, copy the file onto his own computer, and unzip it, creating duplicates. Every step that slows and complicates access to this data increases the cost of solving issues and the risk of compromising product quality.

As a direct consequence of handling files in this way, the inspection data is out of its context. If you had an observation, suggestion, or correction to convey to your team, you would have to send it through a different communication channel. Even though discussion is the basis for collaboration and product improvement, such discussion is not tied to the 3D measurement data.

Having the option of intelligently collecting and sharing 3D measurement data digitally reveals the shortcomings and inefficiencies of sharing data manually and can greatly accelerate each of the 4 phases of the product development process: product design, process design, validation, and production.

Realizing the Digital Data Lifecycle

By tracing the lifespan of a particular data type, it becomes easy to uncover and comprehend the advantages of adopting a digital approach.

For example, an aerospace OEM wants to improve critical communications with faraway supplier organizations. With a digital data management system, suppliers can safely share their 3D measurement data with the OEM, greatly facilitating collaboration. The OEM can then quickly identify, define, and share important design modifications that accelerate engineering progress while catching during the design phase any issues that would be phenomenally more expensive to correct later in the production phase. All this takes place between design and fabrication teams in different companies and countries!

Or consider how one part’s 3D metrology data can contain valuable information for design, engineering, fabrication, and quality control teams. More effectively managing all the dimensional controls of every part’s development means each team can capture the vital information they need from a multitude of measurement sources in the formats they require, all on a single platform.

Updating, saving, and later retrieving such valuable 3D measurement data when needed also adds immense value. Digital manufacturing knowledge is preserved and effectively documented. The latest iterations (and not starting from scratch) are the new starting point for future efforts.

The concept of enterprise data as individual units of information is no longer viable. Data has permeated every aspect of our lives, and moreover, it is intricately interconnected. In any given organization, a single dataset is handled by numerous individuals and influences decision-making processes across various departments. Corporate data needs to evolve into a unified and dynamic entity that circulates through information systems.

Breakthrough Efficiencies With Dimensional Control Across the Organization

From better thinking, better tools. From better tools, better products.

A report by Deloitte states that organizations that effectively utilize data-driven quality control experience up to a 30% reduction in defects. Achieving these substantial gains require efficient digital processes to collect the data, share and analyze it, and act upon quality-related issues throughout the product development and manufacturing processes. 

Implementing a robust digital data management system can revolutionize the way manufacturing companies operate and unlock the full potential of their 3D measurements. By creating, defining, and digitally managing 3D measurement data lifecycles, manufacturing organizations are achieving transformative levels of success. Embracing a digital approach to data lifecycles allows for manufacturing businesses of any size to experience a multitude of benefits. 

First and foremost, the ability to track and manage data throughout its entire lifecycle empowers companies to make better decisions fast. Valuable insights can be extracted from the data, leading to enhanced product design, improved processes, and ultimately, higher quality outputs. This, in turn, translates into increased profitability for manufacturing organizations.

Furthermore, a digital data management system fosters collaboration by seamlessly connecting different systems and individuals involved in the product development process. Instead of relying on manual sharing and duplication of data, teams can access and work with the same accurate and up-to-date information, eliminating error risks and improving overall efficiency.

A data management solution like PolyWorks|DataLoop™ brings modern digital communication technologies to the process, including hyperlinks, tagging, and notifications. It also offers a discussion thread within every inspection project to facilitate information exchange between internal and external collaborators, no matter the physical distance.

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PolyWorks|DataLoop revolutionizes data management, providing engineers and decision-makers with seamless access to extensive metrology data from multiple sources, including 3D measurement information provided by suppliers via secure access. Faster decisions, improved productivity, and optimized processes are achieved through streamlined data retrieval and analysis. Stay ahead with PolyWorks|DataLoop transforming how you leverage your metrology data.