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Planning is key and Measurement Strategy before designing and purchase of measurement equipment or systems. Many decisions made during the planning stage could affect the direction and selection of measurement equipment. What is the purpose and how will the measurement result be used? The planning stage will set the course and have a significant effect on how well the measurement process operates and can reduce possible problems and measurement error in the future.

In some cases due to the risk involved in the component being measured or because of the cost and complexity of the measurement device, the OEM customer may use the APQP process and committee to decide on the measurement strategy at the supplier.

Not all product and process characteristics require measurement systems whose development falls under this type of scrutiny. Simple standard measurement tools like micrometers or calipers may not require this in-depth strategy and planning. A basic rule of thumb is whether the characteristic being measured on the component or sub-system has been identified in the control plan or is important in determining the acceptance of the product or process. Another guide would be the level of tolerance assigned to a specific dimension. Common sense is the guide in any case.


The type, complexity, and purpose of a measurement system may drive various levels of program management, strategic planning, measurement systems analysis, or other special consideration for measurement selection, assessment and control. Simple measuring tools and devices (i.e., scales, measuring tapes, fixed-limit or attribute gages) may not require the level of management, planning, or analysis that more complex or critical measuring systems demand (i.e., master or reference, CMM, test stand, automated online gaging, etc.). Any measurement system may require more or less strategic planning and scrutiny depending on a given product or process situation. The decision as to the appropriate level shall be left to the APQP team assigned to the measurement process and customer. The actual degree of involvement or implementation in many of the activities below should be driven by the particular measurement system, consideration of the supporting gage control and calibration system, profound process knowledge, and common sense.

Identify the Purpose of the Measurement Process

The first step is to establish the purpose for the measurement and how the measurement will be utilized. A cross-functional team organized early in the development of the measurement process is critical in accomplishing this task. Specific considerations are made in relation to audit, process control, product and process development and analysis of the “Measurement Life Cycle”.

source : Analysis of measurement systems

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