Hexagon Metrology is showing its support for British industry by joining forces with a top research organisation to develop new manufacturing methods. The measurement specialist has become a member of the Coventry-based MTC (Manufacturing Technology Centre) in a bid to lend its expertise to a number of research programmes.
Hexagon will work alongside founder industrial members Airbus and Rolls-Royce as part of a Government initiative to help British manufacturers exploit new and emerging technologies.
The company has supplied a range of its metrology equipment including a Leica laser tracker with ‘T-Scan’ and ‘T-Probe’ for an innovative measurement assisted automation project designed to create a robotic system for inspecting aircraft assemblies such as wing sections.
Researchers are not only deploying these integrated measurement technologies in order to enhance the overall system accuracy, but also to perform large volume measurements flexibly and dynamically.
Other areas of study supported by Hexagon at the centre will include PLM-integrated measurement planning and white light robotic in-line measurement. The MTC’s capabilities have been further extended with a Hexagon Leitz ultra high precision CMM.
“Hexagon is delighted to share its skills in a scheme that brings together business and academia for the benefit of British industry,” commented business development manager Brett Green.