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What to Look for When Buying a Used CMM

Buying a used coordinate measuring machine is a cost-effective and sustainable way for industrial businesses to automate their processes. That said, not every used CMM is made equal.

If you’re buying a used CMM, make sure to work with a retailer who will provide you with the right service, transparency, and training so that you can make the most of your equipment.

When shopping for a used CMM, or any used product for that matter, you want to ensure that you are getting your money’s worth and elevating your business processes. Consider these factors when you are looking to buy a used CMM:

Visual & Operational Transparency

It can be hard to buy a used CMM when you don’t know what the product looks like or how it works. For peace of mind, look for a CMM retailer that has a website where you can browse pre-owned coordinate measuring machines online and decide which is best for you.

It is best to buy a from a transparent retailer who will show you precisely what you are getting. Some CMM retailers will offer videos online so that you can see how different products look and operate.

Equipment Check & Certifications

Work with a retailer who runs complete checks for every product before selling. A full inspection will help retailers confirm a product’s functionality, and if any additional repairs, refurbishments, or retrofits are necessary.

Every CMM must undergo a check to ensure functionality and security of:

  • Probing systems 
  • Airlines 
  • Bearings 
  • Drive systems 
  • Cabling

Above all, knowing that a used CMM went under a complete check will give purchasers peace of mind that they are buying a product that is up to certification standards. For example, Canada provides a Controlled Goods Certification to those registered with the Controlled Goods Program and meets its standards.  

A good retailer will be ISO-9001 certified, ISO/IEC 17025 certified, and certified to sell CMMs regionally.  

Training Refurbished used CMMs often have modern software, parts, and functionalities that can present a learning curve upon first use. It’s helpful to work with a retailer who can provide budget-friendly training upon initial purchase or e-learning training to help users learn the intricacies of how to operate and make the most out of their product.

According to Business Mag, training your employees on how to use heavy machinery can help you to increase production, avoid injuries, streamline installation, and improve maintenance.

Customer Service

Your purchase should not be the end of your interaction with your used CMM retailer. Work with a retailer who will help you with any needed repairs, troubleshooting, training, or upgrades. You want a retailer to provide you with the support you need to make the absolute most out of your metrology machine.

Adequate customer service will help to ensure efficiency and minimum lost time. Additionally, be sure to be aware of the warranty provided for your product.

Look for an experienced retailer who is knowledgeable about these machines and can provide additions or modifications like probing systems, upgraded software, or fixture plates. You want a used machine that works like new.

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