Learn the principles of fixture and functional gauge design to improve your product quality, shorten lead times and boost profitability and reputation.
Many engineering companies find excess variation in their parts and that a percentage of their parts do not assemble or function, both in factory build and in the field. This is costly not only in terms of scrap, lost production, factory efficiency and profit, but also in terms of the costs of poor quality and associated loss of reputation and sales to competitors. The recent growth in global sourcing, where mating parts are often designed and manufactured not only in different plants but in different continents has amplified the opportunities for these damaging situations.
The principles of exact constraint may be used to design fixturing that substantially reduces variation in manufactured product. Functional gauges (also known as hard gauges) are then a means of checking immediately that the parts output from a manufacturing process are good for both assembly and function. This means that only good parts get passed forward through the value stream and, in the event of a problem with the manufacturing process it will be identified immediately. This effectively prevents bad parts from being produced. In addition it may be possible to eliminate or reduce non-value added measurements and inspection.
Functional gauging is worth its weight in gold; a must have quality policy for any engineering operation serious about guaranteeing quality from the point of manufacture all the way through the value stream to the customer. It is essential to any lean or quality-led operation seeking to become a market leader.
Who should attend?
Jig, fixture, gauge and tool designers; manufacturing, quality, design & development engineers; and toolmakers.
Delegates should have already completed the -3-day Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing course (or equivalent), and be fully conversant with, and able to calculate, MMVC boundaries.
How will I benefit?
After the course you will be able to:
- Design, dimension and tolerance fixtures for production and inspection processes
- Reduce variation in manufactured parts and inspection results
- Design, dimension and tolerance functional gauges
- Guarantee the assemblability and function of parts at the point of manufacture
- Help protect the value stream and quality to the customer