Design of an information system for metrology contents

Carlo Ferri, Jafar Jamshidi, Craig Loftus, Paul Maropoulos

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    Dimensional and form inspections are key to the manufacturing and assembly of products. Product verification can involve a number of different measuring instruments operated using their dedicated software. Typically, each of these instruments with their associated software is more suitable for the verification of a pre-specified quality characteristic of the product than others. The number of different systems and software applications to perform a complete measurement of products and assemblies within a manufacturing organisation is therefore expected to be large. This number becomes even larger as advances in measurement technologies are made. The idea of a universal software application for any instrument still appears to be only a theoretical possibility. A need for information integration is apparent. In this paper, a design of an information system to consistently manage (store, search, retrieve, search, secure) measurement results from various instruments and software applications is introduced. Two of the main ideas underlying the proposed system include abstracting structures and formats of measurement files from the data so that complexity and compatibility between different approaches to measurement data modelling is avoided. Secondly, the information within a file is enriched with meta-information to facilitate its consistent storage and retrieval. To demonstrate the designed information system, a web application is implemented. © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2010.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 6th CIRP-Sponsored International Conference on Digital Enterprise Technology
    EditorsGeorge Q. Huang, K.L. Mak, Paul G. Maropoulos
    Place of PublicationBerlin (DE)
    Number of pages14
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-10430-5
    ISBN (Print)978-3-6421-0429-9
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    Event6th CIRP International Conference on Digital Enterprise Technology - Hong Kong, China
    Duration: 14 Dec 200916 Dec 2009

    Publication series

    NameAdvances in Intelligent and Soft Computing
    ISSN (Print)1867-5662


    Conference6th CIRP International Conference on Digital Enterprise Technology
    Abbreviated titleDET 2009
    CityHong Kong


    • metrology
    • data flow diagrams
    • dimensional measurement
    • entity relationship diagrams
    • relational database


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