Automatic generation of measurement programs with MiCAT Planner


We are introducing the new MiCAT Planner automatic measurement program generation software that uses 3D CAD models and Product and Manufacturing Information (PMI) to enable one-click automated generation of measurement programs.

A complex program that previously would have taken five hours to complete manually can now be completed in 15 minutes

Aerospace, defense, automotive and medical device manufacturers will realize significant savings in time and money by making the automatic measurement program generation software MiCAT Planner a part of their digital product definition strategy.

Mitutoyo’s MiCAT Planner software is changing the relationship between people and precision measurement with one click.

MiCAT reduces programming time by up to 95 percent, compared with programming using general-purpose software, for a significant potential increase in the efficiency of measurement processes.

The users simply upload their CAD file data with PMI (GD&T), as well as CMM system configuration data and the software then instantly and automatically create a measurement program.

MiCAT Planner bypasses the old drawing-based method to directly generate and execute a model-based workflow. The coordinate measuring machine (CMM) is configurable virtually. A model-based definition (MBD) is imported, a set of rules is applied and matched to the configured CMM, and a measurement plan is generated. With one mouse click, a final probe path optimization is performed to reduce the number of probe changes and to minimize CMM movement to the lowest possible cycle time, and that part program is then automatically generated.

Benefits of MiCAT Planner

  • Streamlined processes
  • Improved productivity
  • Reduced manufacturing costs
  • Enhanced traceability
  • Companies can realize up to a 95-percent savings in time compared to drawing-based methods
  • Component manufacturers receive a single CAD file and complete all the necessary steps to build and inspect a part
  • All pertinent features and characteristics are transferred into the inspection software, reducing the risk of misinterpretation
  • Discrepancies arising from differences between the drawing and the CAD model are eliminated
  • CMM configurations can be changed at any point
  • Workflow automation
  • Part measurement consistency

More information about our software for offline programming


MiCAT Planner is the latest Mitutoyo software development that allows you to program CMM parts quickly and efficiently. The management of MiCAT Planner is easy and intuitive. The programs are done in minutes instead of hours or days with a few clicks of the mouse.

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