QMT Features: September 2008
Inspex 2008 focuses on quality
Inspex 2008 is the event for the UK's quality manufacturing professionals to check out the latest in test, measurement, and inspection technologies.

Inspex 2008, the event for the quality control and measurement industries, takes place within the Interplas exhibition being held at the NEC, Birmingham from September 30th to October 2nd.

Companies taking part in Inspex 2008 include Alcatel Vacuum Technology, 3D X-ray, GE Inspection Technologies, Hanatek, Konica Minolta, Mecmesin, MHH Engineering, OGP UK, Olympus Industrial, Tinius Olsen and X-rite.

A special free seminar programme will provide a focal point for Inspex. Organised by the National Physical Laboratory, the Inspex seminars will offer two daily sessions, the first providing an introduction to a new measurement system for high-speed, high accuracy calibration and verification of CMMs, CNC machine tools and other leading-edge measurement applications. The second will offer  advice on how companies can develop their business and uphold the highest measurement quality standards.

As part of Interplas, the UK’s largest plastics and rubber exhibition, Inspex visitors will be able to take advantage of the extensive free Interplas seminar programme. The Interplas seminar programme will focus on three different themes over the three days of the exhibition - Sustainability & the Environment; Design & Innovation with Polymers; and the Past, Present and Future of Plastics.  Notable topics covered include Energy Management in Plastics Processing and How The Carbon Trust Can Help Your Business.  Full details of the seminar programme can be found on the Interplas website (www.interplas-expo.co.uk/programme).

Visitors who pre-register for Interplas and Inspex also have the opportunity to win one of three daily prizes during the exhibition – a weekend for two in Paris, a supercar driving experience or a 42” HD ready plasma television.  To enter, each visitor needs to register online at www.interplas-expo.co.uk and then visit the PMMDA stand to drop his or her business card into a box.

Materials testing Tinius OldenAnd as ever at such a major event, there will be plenty of new developments on show.  Materials testing equipment experts Tinius Olsen, (www.tiniusolsen.com) will be announcing the addition of 12 new developments to their extensive range of testing equipment, Sikorawhile  Sikora, (www.sikora.net) a worldwide specialist in measuring and control equipment for the hose, tube, wire and cable industries, will also be showing several new products, including the LED 8025 XY.  The LED-based system is the first diameter-measuring device, which also measures the eccentricity of transparent products with highest precision.

Mecmesin, (www.mecmesin.com) a leading force & torque test solutions manufacturer, has launched its new MultiTest-d test system. Incorporating enhancements to its design and functionality, the MultiTest-d works in conjunction with a digital force gauge and forms an ideal entry-level motorised test system for professionals who wish to evaluate quality control parameters of their products in tension and compression.

On show from OGP (www.ogpuk.com) will be its SmartScope Flash 200 video and multi sensor bench top measuring system, which offers high accuracy and ease of use. 

The compact machine will display its versatile capabilities by measuring a wide variety of injection moulded components.  The company says its SmartScope Flash 200 with TTL laser benefits from a number of patented technological innovations that not only deliver consistently high levels of accuracy, but also offer user-friendly programming and operator functions.

Xx-rite-Rite Inc. (www.xrite.com) will be showing its just-launched xDNA system with MA98 handheld spectrophotometer that can save automotive manufacturers and suppliers considerable time and money in applying metallic flake and other special effect paints.
The xDNA package solves an ongoing automotive problem of how to accurately measure the colour and appearance of coatings with ‘sparkle’ that confound optical instruments.  Key to xDNA are a new instrument called the MA98 that uses twice the number of illumination angles and sensors of previous instruments, and a software package called X-ColorQC that manipulates the data with proprietary xDNA algorithms to generate easy-to-understand graphs that show unique characteristics of an effect paint.


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