AUKOM – A Global Training Standard For Production Measurement Technology

Type ‘CMM’ into Linkedin and the search returns 123,697 results. CMM Programmer is a profession that is becoming ever more critical since the role of the coordinate measuring machine (CMM) in manufacturing continues to increase as quality and production become ever more integral. Today there are professional CMM Programmers all around the globe, and all with a working knowledge of vendor specific CMM software’s.

Behind every effective CMM Programmer must be a sound understanding of three-dimensional coordinate metrology. Where did they learn this fundamental knowledge? The answer for sure is very varied. In many case this theoretical knowledge is already assumed when attending a CMM software training class to learn specific software functionalities.

So who teaches the theory of coordinate metrology and how it relates to coordinate measuring machines? Technical Colleges? CMM Machine & CMM Software Vendors? Self Teaching?

Following a three-year research project by the Quality Research Association (FQS) in Germany, financed by the German Ministry of Labor and Economy, and in cooperation with equipment manufacturers, large end-users of coordinate measuring machines and the QFM faculty of the University of Erlangen, the AUKOM Training Standard for Production Measurement Technology was born.

January 2018 witnessed the 25,000th AUKOM training Level 2 certificate being handed to course participant Hervé Papale by organizer COFFMET in the training rooms of Mitutoyo Toulouse, France. Classes are performed by partners globally and now available in 12 languages and 28 countries.

The increasing trend of class participants is caused by ever-increasing demands on the qualification of employees due to increasing digitization and automation in the field of production metrology according to AUKUM management.

Mechanical filter effect due to use of larger and a small stylus diameter

AUKOM training modules provide the opportunity to increase CMM knowledge and enhance measuring skills. AUKOM teaches standardized methods of measuring and provides in-depth training in all aspects of coordinate measuring technology. The multi-level, modular design of the courses enables trainees to obtain standardized knowledge and to have enhanced trust in the executed CMM measured results.

A GD&T course modules are also now available providing an in-depth knowledge in the topic including form & and positional tolerances in accordance with DIN ISO and ASME for advanced measuring technicians who work at interfaces to other departments and must communicate effectively. Design engineers, developers and production engineers gain an insight into the topic of form and positional tolerances from the viewpoint of the measuring technician who have to successfully implement drawing specifications.

The AUKOM website provides an e-learning section with extensive animation comprising 14 sections; e-learning is suggested as a prerequisite before attending an AUKOM Level 1 class. It’s a great refresher for all CMM Programmers.

An example of the level of detail in the e-learning section can be seen in the adjacent image.

AUKOM training modules have been extended in past years and now include CT, and a Management Workshop.

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