Verisurf Software has announced its Precision Part Inspection (PPI) Solution, a turn-key quality inspection and reporting solution in support of the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS), certification testing process. The measurement, inspection and reporting solution allows instructors to check students test parts right in the classroom, lab or shop in minutes, and includes all software, hardware and programming needed to be up and running quickly.
“Verisurf is a leader in quality inspection and measurement software for manufacturing; we feel we have a responsibility to help close the skills cap for advanced manufacturing,” said Ernie Husted, President and CEO of Verisurf. “By developing educational programs, curriculum, and instructor productivity solutions we are connecting teaching institutions and students with practical technology being used in industry, today.”
The new Verisurf solution is the result of a nationwide pilot program conducted in 2018 designed to develop and validate a process and toolset to improve the ability of NIMS Certified instructors to inspect and report on NIMS Level 1 (L1) Mill and Lathe testing parts. The pilot program proved to reduce the time required to verify machined test parts submitted by students as part of their NIMS Certification process, from weeks or even months to minutes.
The Verisurf NIMS PPI Solution is based on the concept of keeping the quality verification of machined test parts within the class room and in the control of NIMS Certified instructors, which also supports overall traceability. The Verisurf Solution also takes into consideration deployment in an education environment, ideal measurement performance matched to the NIMS part tolerances, safety, small footprint, reliability, single phase power and no need for compressed air. “We realized from the beginning that to achieve practical and consistent implementation, the inspection and reporting solution needed to be comprehensive, easy to learn and easy to use,” said Ray Elledge, Education Program Manager for Verisurf. The Verisurf NIMS PPI Solution includes comprehensive online training hosted by Immerse2Learn, a platform widely used by educators and industrial trainers alike to develop skilled workers in fields such as engineering, manufacturing, and automation.
Until now, schools offering NIMS Certification training were required to send out all their student’s machined test parts to be inspected and evaluated by a NIMS sanctioned Met-Tec review committee. The individual Met-Tec reviewers are working professionals and volunteer their time, so depending on workloads the process often takes one month or more, holding up the students final NIMS Certification.
Lincoln Tech, with 20 campuses spread out across the United States, has NIMS Certified thousands of students using the Verisurf Solution; reducing the average time-to-certification per student by 27-days. “The added efficiency and control we realized through the program has truly helped us get students through the program, NIMS Certified, and out into the workforce, quicker,” said Clinton Smith, Lead Instructor at Lincoln Tech.
“The results of the testing and feedback from NIMS Certified instructors has been very positive,” said Montez King, Director of Education at NIMS. “Instructors now have more control over the process of testing and evaluation of student parts while better managing the expectations of students regarding timing to receive NIMS Certification.”