San Diego manufacturing company simplifies its inspection processes with equipment from KEYENCE.
Like most of us, Jay Hegemann deletes a lot of emails every day. Everything from miracle cures for baldness to special offers from credit card vendors go right into the trash. However, something about the email from KEYENCE’s sales engineer earlier this spring caught Hegemann’s eye and he decided to take another look. It’s a good thing, because the product advertised in that message has been a game changer for this small manufacturing firm.
“You usually read one sentence and hit the delete button, but then I saw a little picture of the KEYENCE XM and it got my attention,” he says. “It was interesting enough for me to say, ‘Yeah, I’ll actually take time out of my day to look at this thing,’ so I gave our system specialist a call. I’m glad I did.”
Hegemann is self-taught. While working in his father’s small product development company during his early twenties, Hegemann convinced him to buy a CNC knee mill. Over the next six months, he read the manual and began making prototypes for his Dad. When a local business asked him to machine some parts, Hegemann jumped at the prospect. Since then he’s gone off on his own, continuing to add capabilities to his growing company, even though he’s often had to stay up all night learning a new skill or mastering a machine tool.
Hegemann says he wanted a piece of measuring equipment that anyone could walk up and use, without the need for complicated programming and extensive training. So when KEYENCE’s local XM specialist brought the system in for a demonstration, Hegemann knew a good thing when he saw it.“The writing was on the wall,” he says. “The XM is fast, accurate and easy to use. I ordered one that day.”
The KEYENCE XM Series CMM is small enough to fit on a bench, but thanks to its movable stage and handheld probe, it can even measure large and complex parts. It has a simple user interface with an extensive, but easy to understand list of measurement options. Tools such as lines, points, circles, and planes are displayed on the screen, walking the user through the measuring process while providing GD&T functionality, virtual figures, statistics and trend analyses, deviation display, and other advanced features.