A visit to the engine factory in Chemnitz provides an example of all that the MCC can achieve with these modules: “Of the 16 coordinate measuring machines, eight of them are located directly in production,” says Matthias Kurth. All measuring machines are networked and connected to the MCC. This enables all authorized personnel in production, planning and quality assurance to access all MCC data from any workstation. “The measurement log database gives me access to the central data pool,” states Kurth, “everything works without paper and we also have long-term documentation at our disposal.” The management function enables not only professional data backup, but also traceability of all measurement plan modifications. All measurement plans for all measuring machines are saved in the measurement log database and are approved for volume use. This guarantees that only approved and up-to-date measuring programs are used. Approved measuring programs are read-only files and can only be uniformly edited and reversioned by those responsible for measurement plans. The PDA and OBD software modules provide an effective measuring machine management system in Chemnitz. Access to the operating status of each machine is now possible. This allows you to monitor not only the temperature gradients, but also the level of utilization which is an important criterion in measurement planning. A knowledge database, which ensures centralized provision of operating manuals and general metrology know-how, was set up as a by-product with the existing MCC data. The new system enabled the factory to meet the increased demands of highly flexible production without additional personnel expenses.