QVI Donates Equipment to Create New Metrology Lab

Initially, QVI donated three pieces of equipment to the lab, collectively valued at more than $175,000.

Quality Vision International (QVI) has formed a partnership with the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) to outfit a new Metrology Lab in the University’s Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering and Technology department in the College of Applied Science and Technology.

The new lab formally opened with a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony on December 2. QVI donated three pieces of equipment to the lab, collectively valued at more than $175,000.

RIT students will use the QVI systems to measure parts they design and fabricate in courses on CAD design, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T), CNC machining and 3D printing. New undergraduate level courses on basic and advanced metrology will be offered starting in the spring semester, covering principles of measurement and use of metrology tools ranging from gage blocks and calipers to advanced multisensor systems from QVI.

The partnership is based on the two institutions shared commitment to developing advanced manufacturing technology. The QVI equipment provides RIT students access to technology they can use to prepare for careers in manufacturing.

“We’re proud to support RIT’s expanding programs in advanced manufacturing and metrology,” says Keith Polidor, V.P. of QVI. “To be competitive in today’s manufacturing environment requires continuous improvement in design and production processes. Metrology is the essential process control feedback that enables manufacturers to improve quality and costs. Using our equipment in their course work will help students hit the ground running as they begin careers in advanced manufacturing.”