This unit covers operating coordinate measuring machines (CMM) in a production environment. The unit also covers basic setting up of components and manually aligning probes.

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - reading and following routine, familiar information for loading, setting probes and measuring components; - identifying and following pre-start check procedure; - following safety procedures; - selecting specified fixture/clamping device; - positioning and clamping components; - taking manual hits and determining probe alignment; - verifying probe/s configuration to specifications; - selecting and activating part programs as required where machine is fitted with microprocessors; - verifying and confirming correct program operation; - applying correct measuring techniques; - reporting out of tolerance measurements; - shutting down the part program; - removing and handling components; - cleaning machine and site; - following verbal instructions, and; - orally reporting routine information.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - task-related information on job sheets or equivalent; - pre-start checks; - hazards and control measures associated with operating a CMM, including housekeeping; - use and application of personal protective equipment; - safe work practices and procedures; - fixtures/clamping devices and their uses; - storage location and procedures; - fixing/clamping methods; - procedures for undertaking pre-measurement manual hits for manual alignment; - procedures for checking probe configuration; - procedures for running and verifying part program; - methods/techniques for interpreting results; - procedures for reporting results and recommendations for adjustment; - procedures for shutting down part program; - procedures to safely remove and handle components; - required cleaning tasks and the importance of cleaning the CMM, and; - effects of contamination.

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