Metrology Equipment Leasing
What is Metrology?
Metrology is defined as the science of measurement and has been used to establish a common understanding of base units in the modern world.
It was determined that from three fundamental qualities (length, time, and mass), all other mechanical quantities (volume, acceleration, power, and area) are derived. Additionally, electromagnetic quantities, temperature, and intensity of light were also added to this list.
Many organizations around the globe, such as the National Bureau of Standards (NBS), maintain the standards established through metrology, ensuring uniformity throughout science and industry. You’ll undoubtedly see metrology being put to use throughout:
- Aerospace and Aviation
- Defense and Military
- Science and Research and Development
- Electronics and Technology
- Consumer Products
The field of metrology is split into three categories, or sub-fields, defined by the International Bureau of Weights and Measures. Each category deals with distinct types of measurement:
This form of metrology, also referred to as fundamental metrology, is concerned with the organization and development of measurement standards. It is most associated with research and technological development for a range of industries that include healthcare, commercial goods, and government.
Also referred to as applied metrology, industrial metrology covers calibration, maintenance, and quality control (QC) and quality assurance (QA) of measurement instruments used throughout industrial manufacturing. Without properly functioning equipment or correctly measured manufactured parts and components, products would not meet strict industry and consumer standards and regulations. These measurement solutions help manufacturers meet those standards and increase productivity.
A very different branch of metrology, legal metrology is the application of legal requirements to measurements and measuring instruments. This includes determining the speed at which we drive, measuring the amount of electricity, gas, and water we consume and billing accordingly, and undergoing medical examinations that measure our level of health. Besides monitoring measurements that are used to impose sanctions, legal metrology also protects both the buyer and seller in a commercial transaction.
Metrology Equipment Leasing & Long-Term Rentals
Metrology equipment consists of a wide range of precision measuring tools, measuring devices, and measurement systems, all of which perform reliable and accurate measurements for scientists, engineers, and manufacturers alike.
Our metrology equipment leasing selection can help you access the equipment you need to manufacture high-quality parts and meet rigorous ISO standards. Furthermore, many of these selections feature automation, cloud monitoring, and more, as equipment manufacturers work towards making Industry 4.0 a reality.
Why Lease with Excedr?
Equipment leasing can be a better choice than purchasing new equipment outright due to lower upfront costs and affordable, flexible payment options. Leasing can also solve an assortment of pain points you may already have to deal with regarding equipment acquisition, such as limited capital expenditure budgets, expensive service fees and repair coverage, and more.
Implementing advanced, high-precision measuring processes and inspection systems, or replacing dated measuring equipment, can be difficult when you’re constrained by initial costs or limited budget.
Excedr provides manufacturers, engineers, and scientists with a solution.
We offer metrology solutions tailored to fit the needs of any inspection/measurement laboratory or machine shop. Our goal is to keep you ahead of the competition by providing access to state-of-the-art technology without having to make a large capital expenditure.
Industrial metrology is all about precision measurements, keeping production accurate and efficient. We are too. Want to learn more about leasing metrology equipment? Check out our CMM leasing page, or browse our options below.
The Benefits of Excedr’s Leasing Program:
- Eliminates the upfront cost of purchasing equipment by spreading its cost over time
- Minimizes equipment downtime with included complete repair coverage and preventive maintenance
- Takes advantage of potentially 100% tax deductible* payments, providing you significant cash-savings
- Expedites the administrative work needed for instrument procurement and logistics
- Conserves working capital, enabling you to reinvest in your core business and operations (staffing, inventory, marketing/sales, etc.)
- Accommodates all manufacturer and model preferences
*Please consult your tax advisor to determine the full tax implications of leasing equipment.
Industrial Metrology Systems & Equipment Leases
Three dimensional printing (3DP) is an emerging and revolutionary technology with many applications in the fields of industrial and applied sciences, medicine, and the biopharmaceutical, aerospace, and automotive industries. A 3D printer operates using the process of additive manufacturing (AM) to create an object by building it layer by layer. In contrast, subtractive manufacturing cuts away at a solid block of material until an object is complete. Subtractive manufacturing can lead to issues when an object is too small or has too awkward an angle to subtract materials in the desired way. AM eliminates these issues, and carries with it a list of benefits, such as removing intermediary steps in the supply chain.
Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining is an already booming industry with new and more precise machining functions constantly being introduced. CNC is a subtractive manufacturing process that uses computerized controls and machine tools to remove layers of materials from a stock piece. It has replaced many traditional, manually-operated machines on shop floors due to its ease of use and versatility.
CMM (Coordinate Measuring Machine)
As the coordinate measuring machine (CMM) has evolved, it has made dimensional inspection more accurate, efficient, and flexible, all while streamlining measurement and inspection processes through automation and its superb design. Computerized, software-based metrology has changed how measurement labs and machine shops uphold strict standards and specifications for manufactured parts.
3D Structured-Light Scanners
A structured-light 3D scanner (3DSL) is a type of non-contact, optical scanning technology that utilizes a single light source, projected light patterns, and multiple cameras to take measurements of an object’s surface height and produce a 3D scan. The resulting scans can be used for dimensional inspection, quality assurance (QA), quality control (QC), prototyping, manufacturing, and reverse engineering (RE). These devices are capable of optically measuring anything from blade turbines used on airplanes to orthopedic medical devices, anywhere non-contact metrology is needed.
3D Laser Scanners
3D laser scanning is a non-contact, non-destructive technology used to capture digital images of a manufactured part or object and provide information on the physical shape of the component. This data is used to create 3D models using laser light and straightforward mathematics. The models can be used to create digital design files for manufacturers that can be utilized in the future. These scanners are available in either stationary or handheld configurations.
Industrial CT Scanners
When you think of computed tomography (CT) scanning, you typically think of its medical uses. However, CT offers a wide range of capabilities for the industrial and manufacturing sectors as well. Through the combination of metrology and tomography, non-destructive, highly precise measurements can be taken where once it was only possible to collect this data through destructive testing. This makes industrial CT scanners valuable tools for manufacturers concerned with quality and who are required to meet specific industry standards.
An interferometer is a type of optical instrument used in surface metrology to determine surface topography, height variation, and characterization analysis, as well as thin-film thickness. Interferometers are used all over the world to provide production measurements for optical components and assemblies used in the construction of complete optical systems. Specifically, interferometers determine the flatness or sphericalness of an object.
Many different industries require large-scale, three-dimensional metrology solutions. The large objects these industries produce and use need to be measured, and inspection equipment must continuously be calibrated to prevent diminished quality. Quality, as well as meeting specific industry standards, is incredibly important when trying to stay ahead of competition while maintaining an optimal profit margin. If you are unable to meet requirements established by the FDA or OSHA, your engineering work may suffer.
A profilometer, or surface profiler, is a type of measurement instrument used in both QA labs and on the machine shop floor. Profilometers are used to measure the surface topography of a product or part, as well as coating thickness and step height. Optical profilers are also used for 3D imaging. By measuring the surface of an object, the surface’s roughness can be determined. Surface roughness is important to manufacturers who develop high-precision products and want to understand how long the product will last and how well it will perform.
In the precise world of industrial, high-volume manufacturing, quality control (QC) and quality assurance (QA) have become increasingly automated through the use of robotic metrology systems, as standards and regulations continue to change. Many industries have replaced aspects of their inspection processes on the production line with robotic metrology systems, where traditional methods were once used.
Quality control (QC) labs and machine shops inspect every manufactured part for correct geometric measurements. These days, metrology inspection can be done in a number of ways, but the optical comparator, a timeless piece of metrology equipment used for the past 50 years, has continued to stick around despite a number of technological advancements in inspection and measurement.
Metrology Equipment Leasing Options to Fit Every Need
Operating Lease Benefits
Operating leases make it easier to keep pace with technological advances in your field. The monthly lease payments can often be lower than monthly financing payments, and may be 100% tax deductible as well, yielding additional cash-savings. Furthermore, when you lease, you avoid the hefty upfront payments required when buying equipment with cash or a loan.
If you recently bought equipment, Excedr can offer you cash for your device and convert your purchase into a long-term rental. This is called a sale-leaseback. If you’ve paid for equipment within the last ninety days, we can help you recoup your investment and allow you to make low monthly payments. This also frees up money in your budget rather than tying it down to a fixed asset.