Manufacturing firms of all sizes have a need to cut costs where possible without reducing the quality of what they produce, and the coordinate measuring machine (CMM) is one of the essential pieces of equipment which helps factories retain quality while saving money. Because of their ability to provide high-level metrological information about newly produced parts, CMM machines gather data about the production line while ensuring the product meets the highest standards.
But just because this kind of equipment saves your factory money doesn’t mean you need to pay top dollar for it: buying used CMM equipment from an authorized dealer will get you a better price upfront, and will help you find savings down the road.
After you buy used CMM machines from an independent seller or from auction, your relationship with them is permanently over. Purchasing the equipment from a dealer authorized by the Machinery Dealers National Association (MDNA) entitles you to formal assurances you can get no other way.
For example, the MDNA code of ethics requires authorized dealers to respond to inquiries about their products with accurate descriptions about the machine’s specifications and condition. Plus, they’ll refund any equipment that has mechanical problems, or repair it at dealer’s option.
Would you buy a used car without knowing everything is working underneath the hood? Before you purchase used CMM equipment from an authorized dealer, all the probes, air lines, drive systems, bearings and cabling will undergo a thorough inspection.
This way, you’ll be confident that everything will work perfectly to spec, so it delivers the precise and dependable results you need as soon as it hits your shop floor. Not only does the dealer complete a full inspection, but if for some reason the equipment doesn’t work the way it’s supposed to they will fix it for free.
If the CMM machine itself is the body, the software inside it is the brain. Buying used CMM machines from an authorized dealer enables you to get the best guidance on CMM software.
If the software already inside the used CMM machine is what you need, they will confirm it. If the software is outdated, they can point you to a better option. Either way, you’ll have trustworthy and expert knowledge about CMM software at your disposal.
You can’t simply plug sensitive industrial manufacturing equipment into the power outlet and use it right away. Machines that perform quality control and are counted on to give precise and repeatable results need to be installed professionally.
It’s essential to calibrate the machines for variables like the room’s temperature so you know it’ll work to spec, and you can only get this level of installation when buying from an authorized dealer.
CMM equipment plays a vital role in factories around North America because they manage to both cut costs and ensure the parts produced are top quality. Buying this equipment used and from an authorized dealer is the best way to get the best quality machinery, while saving your company even more money.