
INTRODUCTION
This type of inspection occurs in general machinery of measure for coordinates (MMC). The activity set piece in the field of work is hold with useful dedicated (sizes) or general use fixing elements, annulling its six degrees of freedom of movement. The alignment is performed on the set piece, which It consists of defining the ideal piece through their representative features reference system.
In other words: align means put the piece in position and orientation "privileged", in accordance with the wish of the author of its design, expressed at the level of the piece or on your computer model. The results of the inspection depends on the quality of the process of alignment, and It derives from the importance of this phase of metrological work.
For the correct development of the phase of alignment and inspection is generally needed before a study of the piece.
1. STUDY OF THE PIECE
In an analytical process, using the sample as a real model and its level as virtual model, the metrólogo will try to understand the composition of forms that constitutes the piece.
Form feature (FC).
fundamental attribute of each piece, is the rational combination of elementary forms which allows us to distinguish the parts, which ensures the functionality of the piece in a set.
Form technological (FT).
Is that arises after the development process of the manufacturing technology, and which enclosed the functionality requirements and feasibility. In this simple basic forms are combined with complex elementary forms to avoid collecting critical areas tension (generated by difficulties of expulsion, temperatures,) (pressure, load, etc.) during the manufacturing process or in operation. Failure to comply with any of these requirements leads to atecnológicasforms.
Fig. 1 Forms atecnológicas  Technological form 
Elementary forms simple (FELSEN).
They are those parts of the piece that materialize on primitive geometric elements such as prisms, pyramids, cylinders, cones, areas, Bulls. These are the most common ways to align.
Elementary forms complex (FELCOM).
The areas bounded by threedimensional curves complex or definable only by high degree equations. By the General are not useful to align, but if you are predominant and importance functional (helical, paraboloids, etc.). Can also be used for align with the help of an appropriate measurement programme (PCDMIS, LIMA) HOLOS etc.).
Fig. 2. Simple elementary forms (FELSEN) and elementary forms comlejas (FELCOM) 
2 EVALUATION OF FORMS
In a analytical process, any piece can be decomposed into elementary forms simple and/or complex elementary forms, such that:
FT = S FELSEN (i) + S FELCOM (j)
Know the piece as a way to technological means to describe, locate and orient the present forms in the composition. In other words, be able to answer for each of its elements to the questions: what is? Where is it located? Which one It is its orientation?
The FELSEN can describe with specific dimensions, locate using the coordinates of any representative point and orient using angles.
In the virtual model of the piece  expression of its technological form as flat on paper or model computer 3D  this defining information is expressed through levels. Both coordinates and angles are derivatives of the size of type long, understood as the distance between two points Representative, of the same or different characteristics (the use of the generic term feature is common to name forms) (primitives, without more details).
In the evaluation of many levels with the MMC is item is simply reading coordinates and, given that they are evaluated at the long from the axis of the system, it is essential that the system of reference is the appropriate. The same is true in the inspection of the FELCOM, where it She practices a discrete evaluation by means of coordinates of points taken on these areas. The problem is even more complex due to the collection of discrete points can not get compensation correct the radius of the tip of exploration if the movement's approach not held in perpendicular direction to the surface
3 METHODS TO ALIGN
There are standards such as ISO 5459 or ANSI Y14.5.1, indicating how the industrial pieces must align. The correct application of these rules greatly facilitates the process of inspection. These rules assigned to the designer of the piece the responsibility for defining the system of reference, through representative characteristics and restrictions on them, to be reflected in the level through a symbology reading and interpreting allow the metrólogo to reproduce the reasoning of the designer.
Fig. 4 Symbolism related to the alignment 
Often the alignment of the piece is derived from the set that belongs to ensure easy to assemble, avoid interference or secure functionality. Some components or subsets of the car are inspected in a frame of reference that You can have the origin out of the workload of the MMC.
Provided that in the flat some information about the alignment is to align respecting the marked demands. If in the plain lack the information relating to the alignment, we recommend using one of the methods presented below.
3.1 Flat method, line, point
Fig. 5. The six lock degrees of freedom 
3.2 Method BESTFIT
Should make a comment on the matter: the coordinates of the points measured in the resulting system approaching the theoretical values with very unlikely to agree. Any translations for one the coordinates of the other points are made worse by coincidence.
3.3 Method of alignment by comparison with the computer model
In the current programmes of inspection of parts are powerful alignment tools, able to align parts with complex shapes through points measured over the sample. It is necessary to have the model software 3D of the piece. In an analogy with BESTFIT is this  the model computer  which relates to the real show, set in the MMC, to find the alignment. The iteration acts both on calculations in decision support points. Requires a minimum of 6 points, with comprehensive distribution to achieve a good alignment. The complexity of the process cannot now go into more detail.General precautions to take into account
4. WHAT IS POSSIBLE TO ALIGN BY ONLY THREE POINTS?
Find the answer to this question has been one of the challenges of the Group of work of the laboratory of metrology of Asacmm technology centre. This concern arose from practical needs such as:
It was intended to simulate the behavior during mounting by the alignment, in a way that the first mounted point meets the 3 coordinates, the second point is obliged to carry out only 2 coordinates (elongated hole mounting) and the third point is obliged to carry out only one of the coordinates (greater hole mounting). Figure 6 reproduces this situation.
In this representation the point A must comply with the predicted values of X, Y, Z, point (b) has freedom in the performance of the coordinate and whereas point C only It has to comply with the coordinate X.
Fig. 6 Fastening by three points with varying degrees of freedom 
The use of the BESTFIT method or the method of alignment by comparison with the computer model It may not meet requirements of differential treatment for the points of interest. Was this need that gave impetus to the development of a dedicated programme baptized A3P, able to solve problems of alignment by only 3 points. The mathematical abstraction of the problem leads to two solutions. It turned out complicated the task of choosing the right solution. This is similar to the study of static system of bars, in three areas, as shown in the schematic representation of Figure 7.
To end the system of barcode is a spherical joint, which has three twists and the three blocked transfers. The area of the end (b) download your weight in a Prism "V"oriented along the X axis. Thus the B side is obliged to comply with the coordinates and Z and freedom of travel to along the xaxis. The end with the C area rests on the plate base and undertakes to fulfill only the coordinate z. You can imagine that you rotating the system about the axis that are centres of the areas A and B are two positions of balance (a marked with lines) to the end C. While the two met the Z height, one will only be with values in X and And close to schedule.
Fig. 7. Static with two solutions balance 
A similar logical process is implemented in the A3P program, written in "agent for Windows". This program allows the Interactive introduction of theoretical coordinates of the points, then the measurement of the actual points and then performs the calculation process offered by:
Application in inspection from pipes
Application in inspection of piece set
dy ("TRZ =" ", TRZ,"rozx ="ROZX") dy ("") dy("SE) ("they find these deformations:") dy("DAB_=_",DAB,"_DAC_=) ", DAC," DBC = "(CCD)" dy("SE) ("they manage these position errors:") dy ("EPA") = ", EPA,"EPB =", EPB," CLD = "(EPC)" If ((EPB_lt_U)) AND (EPC lt or)) then dy ("piece") ("and almost perfect alignment!") elsif ((EPB_gt_250*U) OR (CLD gt 250 * U)) then dy ("No") ("is an appropriate alignment!") end_if FORA: endstat end_program 
End of instructions in the program source A3P 
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