FIRST ARTICLE INSPECTION
API's, on-site, first article measurement services provide inspection data on parts and assemblies with direct comparison against CAD models or drawings. Generated 3D measurement data,from our portable metrology equipment and 3D scanners, offers a comprehensive analysis of the physical part under measurement. Inspection reports can include 3D color maps or generated 3D models for detailed computer analysis.
API's accurate, and accredited, 1st article inspection services allows informed decisions on volume production or equipment 'buy-off'."Review your 1st Article Inspection project with the experts."
Ensuring that a manufacturing process, for a part or assembly, will yield quality product is a critical step before commencement of further production units. API's rapid-response measurement services team can attend site to validate a part conformance, using our standardized 1st article inspection process, validating against design intent. API can also validate manufacturing equipment and machining, stamping, molding, fabricating, 3D printing and additive manufacturing processes.
Third party supported 'buy-off' of tooling and equipment from external vendors is crucial to validate performance before acceptance. API measurement services can support your efforts and bring an accredited judgement to the decision process. API can provide support at the vendor location and subsequently at the final installation site ensuring full data correlation. In addition to 1st article inspection we can also provide in-depth process capability studies.
Whether it's a new manufacturing facility, production line, or manufacturing process being validated API measurement services can support your on-site inspection and alignment needs. As a technology leader in the supply of laser based measurement equipment our technicians are equipped with the latest measuring equipment available from laser trackers to portable arm CMMs integrated with tactile and laser scanners and laser interferometers.
Diagnosis and troubleshooting
When manufacturing quality is not being delivered as expected the API measurement services team are available to perform on-site part measurement and equipment validation to troubleshoot and diagnose the issues. Our experienced team bring an independent and unbiased approach to identifying root cause and recommending an action plan to go forward. API has experience across all manufacturing sectors and processes.