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Analysis of Dimensional Metrology Standards



Thomas R. Kramer, John Evans, Simon P. Frechette, John A. Horst, Hui-Min Huang, Elena R. Messina, Frederick M. Proctor, William G. Rippey, Harry A. Scott, Theodore V. Vorburger, Albert J. Wavering


This is an analysis of standards related to dimensional metrology, with recommendations regarding standards development. The analysis focuses on the degree to which existing and developing standards provide a complete set of non-overlapping specifications for information needed to perform dimensional metrology. The analysis identifies four major software systems and their interfaces. It also identifies 15 dimensional metrology activities, each of which is expected to correspond to a software module. The major systems are made up of sets of modules. Twenty-two application programming interfaces and data formats for dimensional metrology are identified and discussed. The analysis also discusses issues regarding languages in which standards may be written.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 6847
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dimensional, DMIS, inspection, metrology, NIST, numerical control, process-planning, standard


Kramer, T. , Evans, J. , Frechette, S. , Horst, J. , Huang, H. , Messina, E. , Proctor, F. , Rippey, W. , Scott, H. , Vorburger, T. and Wavering, A. (2001), Analysis of Dimensional Metrology Standards, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed April 17, 2024)
Created June 1, 2001, Updated February 19, 2017