Engineering Talk - DCS's Blog on Quality and Engineering

QDM WEB Now Available on Mobile Devices, Bringing Industry Leading SPC Tools to the Palm of Your Hand

Dimensional Control Systems has brought the QDM WEB System into the world of mobile by upgrading it with a responsive design, instantly changing the interface based on the user’s device.

Dimensional Control Systems’ (DCS) in partnership with E7 Solutions, is releasing QDM WEB for Mobile, a new responsive design for the QDM WEB System. This adaptive design unlocks QDM WEB for all mobile devices, instantly adapting the system to deliver SPC reports, dashboards and real-time analytics to your phone or tablet.  

Topics: SPC QDM

Automate Measurement Plans from CATIA Data with 3DCS Inspection Planner

3DCS Inspection Planner Add-on Converts CATIA and 3DCS Points into Inspection and Measurement Plans

Users of CATIA V5 and CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE can convert their CATIA models into Measurement Plans, correlating CMM programs and measurements with the same points in their CAD model. 

The Add-on module 3DCS Inspection Planner gives engineers the ability to quickly generate inspection and measurement plans from CATIA and 3DCS points. Built on the QDM ANALYST engine, the integrated tool takes points from CAD, and creates report templates for measurement data, as well as full inspection plans to be used on the shop floor. 


See Tolerance Analysis and SPC Solutions at IMTS 2016 in Chicago, IL

Join DCS at the 2016 IMTS - International Manufacturing Technology Show - September 12 - 17 in Chicago Illionois

The DCS team will be showcasing 3DCS and QDM applications at the 2016 IMTS show at booth E3009 in the East Building. 


Topics: 3DCS Tolerance Analysis SPC QDM

Take Aways from SME MFG4 - Manufacturing for the Future - Hartford, CT, USA

DCS Showcased Plant Wide Quality Solutions at MFG4 in Hartford Connecticut

At the MFG4 - Manufacturing 4 the Future - Brought together industry leaders in metrology and manufacturing to discuss the future of both. 


Organized by SME - the Society of Manufacturing Engineers - the MFG4 conference began each day with a keynote. The first was presented by GE Global Chief Manufacturing Scientist Stephan Biller -

Keynote Presentation: The 21st Century Brilliant Factory
Stephan Biller, Chief Manufacturing Scientist, Manufacturing and Research
GE Global Research

I was very excited to hear Stephan Biller speak, and took away some great points. Some of the ideas that I took away from the keynote included the drive for Data Driven Manufacturing, America's Educational Shortcomings and the increasing Interconnection of Systems. 

(Connecticut Conference Center images courtesy


Topics: QDM

SAE 2016 World Congress: New Product Announcement and Presentation on Optimizing Weld Sequences in Automotive and Aerospace Structures

DCS Announces New Product, and Showcases 3DCS Advanced Analysis to Optimize Weld Sequences at SAE 2016 World Congress 

Dimensional Control Systems (DCS) is proud to announce the upcoming release of 3DCS Variation Analysis for NX. This new version of 3DCS, the flagship variation analysis tool developed by DCS, is now fully integrated in Siemens NX. This allows users to work within a single environment, streamlining the the worklfow of design to analysis and creating consistency in GD&T and engineering processes. 

Topics: 3DCS Tolerance Analysis FEA Webinar QDM Siemens NX

Going to AeroTech 2015? DCS to Present Paper on Aerospace Quality Assurance Using Process Capability Analysis

Total Quality Assurance of Aerospace Components Applying Process Capability Analysis

Dimensional Control Systems, Inc. (that's our full name, really. We're just going to use DCS if that's ok), will be presenting at this year's SAE AeroTech Congress and Exhibition in Seattle, Washington September 22nd to the 24th.

Hosted by The Boeing Company, this year's event will feature keynote speakers from Boeing, Airbus, NASA and the United States Air Force. It is the perfect opportunity to network with key actors in the aerospace industry as well as get up to speed on the latest innovations and developments from aerospace OEM's, customers and suppliers. 

Topics: 3DCS Tolerance Analysis SPC QDM

Upcoming Webinar: Manufacturing Plant Continuous Improvement (SPC)

Virtually Connected Plant Floor - Guided Tour of Data to Decision Making with the QDM Suite

Join DCS on Thursday, May 28th for a guided tour of a virtually connected plant floor using QDM. Using different QDM modules on their own can grant quick benefits to a manufacturing site, such as: 

- Stations to monitor real time analytics (SPC)
- Data entry portals for quick updates from the floor 
- Dashboards to keep updated on current quality metrics 
- Data automation for the measurement cells for instant reporting 
- Setup Automatic Alerts to notify key stakeholders as soon as any bit of data exceeds set limits. 

These processes can be used independently, however when combined using a central system, they can be used to track, identify and resolve issues in the manufacturing plant as they begin to appear. This saves plant managers from having to stop the line and waste valuable time responding to build issues and non-conformances. 

Topics: QDM

DCS Presenting SPC Software Release at BIG M Manufacturing Convergeance

DCS to Present Latest Version of Quality Data Management SPC System at BIG M Manufacturing Conference

DCS will be presenting their plant level solution of QDM SPC Software at booth 334 at the BIG Manufacturing Convergeance June 2nd through the 4th at Cobo Center, Detroit, MI, USA. 

Will you be in Detroit this June? If so, you should come to Cobo Center and found out today's manufacturers address the issues of global manufacturing enterprises and reduced cycle times. 

From SME's BIG M Event Page:

Topics: SPC QDM

3DCS and QDM Wizards - Tools and DLL's to Make CAD Modeling Easier


3DCS and QDM Wizards - Tools and DLL's to Make CAD Modeling Easier


Introduction: Model or Template Wizards 


We’re not talking about Gandolf or Merlin for 3DCS, but helpful tools that will help users with their overall modeling experience. These tools are often overlooked by both 3DCS and QDM users. If you are looking for specific information about these tools, visit the DCS Community and view the Help Manual. More information about these tools is available in the Community or the Help Manual         

 This month’s Tips and Tactics will go through a list of available Wizards and helpful tools for 3DCS and QDM; where they are at and how they can help users with their 3DCS model or with QDM template creation.



Topics: 3DCS T&T QDM

How to Bring Real Manufacturing Data into Your 3D CAD Simulation - Closed Loop

How to Bring Real Manufacturing Data into Your 3D CAD Simulation

3DCS Variation Analyst and QDM - Quality Data Management Systems can be used together to create a Closed Loop approach to quality. This creates feedback loops in process, bringing inspection data from manufacturing into the 3D CAD model for root cause analysis, design optimization and continuous quality improvement. 

So how does this solution work?

Topics: 3DCS Tolerance Analysis T&T QDM