There are many benefits for using wireless gages, whether as a gage only or with an advanced data collection system – a process gaining acceptance and momentum for the highest levels of quality control.

1) First and foremost, wireless measuring tools eliminate the need for bulky and cumbersome hardware such as backpacks and cables which can be safety hazards.

By eliminating backpacks and cables, there’s less equipment to purchase, startup costs are decreased, and related maintenance requirements are reduced within the manufacturer’s tool calibration program.

2) Collecting and transmitting measurement data is faster and less error-prone, facilitated simply by measuring and pressing a button to send data to a mobile phone, tablet, or PC.

This way, operator subjectivity is removed when manually transcribing data. The time spent manually recording data is no longer a concern. In addition, wireless tools eliminate any recording measurement errors from manual entries. In simple terms, wireless provides speed, convenience, and ease of collecting and storing data.

3) Wireless precision measuring tools are engineered for efficient data collection for a wide range of end uses.

Whether for International Organization for Standardization (ISO), government, aerospace, medical requirements, or smaller shops, the need for accurate data is crucial for traceability to demonstrate qualified parts or to trace any manufacturing errors. Accurate measurement data provides assurance for the end user and insurance for the manufacturer.

4) By using wireless tools and an advanced data collection software system, data can be efficiently integrated into ERP/ MRP programs.

Also, wireless gages promote a cleaner work environment by removing the need for a log journal and pens/pencils, making an ideal setup for lean manufacturing.

5) Quality control is the last step when producing manufactured parts, so if a bad part slips by, it can result in problems in the final product assembly or final product.

Using wireless precision gages, inspectors can measure with confidence to qualify the part. With a simple push of a button, measurement data is stored for future analysis or history purposes. The time and money saved by going wireless and implementing a data collection system is incomparable. Digital calculators are available that can demonstrate that.

With Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0 being the omnipresent new paradigm in manufacturing, increasing the speed, amount, and accuracy of data generation is critical. Precision measurement data acquisition/collection for quality control applications benefits significantly from wireless and mobile retrieval. Wireless Data Collection systems, such as those from Starrett, should be mobile, exceptionally robust with levels of encryption/protection, suitable for multiple needs ranging from unrestricted distances and gage compatibility, and easy to use and integrate into automated manufacturing operations. Solutions should dramatically increase productivity, reduce errors, provide full documentation, and automate the acquisition process.

The L.S. Starrett Co.