QMT News: October 2012
Speakers from NPL, BAE Systems and Roll-Royce support Make Measurement Matter

On Wednesday, 17th October 2012, the GTMA will once again host its  Make Measurement Matter road show. This year the event will be held in the Centre for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence (CEME), Rainham, Essex.

Registration is now open at www.makemeasurementmatter.com

Free parking and free refreshments are available to all visitors and a key focus of the event will be over 35 of the top UK inspection and metrology companies exhibiting, along with the extensive networking opportunity in a relaxed environment. These metrology companies are active participants in creating successful engineering solutions for the current and future demands of all industry sectors.

The association's chief executive, Julia Moore, says: "This is the sixth time we have hosted the MMM event, and by doing so the GTMA is providing a focal point for a technology transfer from the science of measurement into the most demanding manufacturing environments."

Visitors can gain firsthand knowledge from leading industry and academia Key Note Speakers. These include Philip Bamforth, Measurement Manager, Rolls-Royce plc. He is responsible for leading the measurement and inspection community across the Rolls-Royce global manufacturing business, principally focused on: Technology development and deployment; Standards & inspection quality systems, and External networks, partnerships and suppliers. And, Mark Thomas, Principal Instrumentation Engineer, BAE Systems - Submarine Solutions, who will be speaking about measurement within Large Scale Manufacturing.

From academia will be Graham Machin, Head, Temperature Standards, NPL Fellow. He joined the Temperature Group at NPL in 1991, after completing his DPhil at the University of Oxford on the Physics of Compact Stellar Binary Systems. He has published more than 100 papers on temperature related issues and has given numerous invited lectures around the world. He has worked twice as an invited guest researcher at NMIJ (Japan) and also at NIM (China). Graham Machin is the NPL representative on the BIPM Consultative Committee for Thermometry (CCT), chair of the CCT working group on radiation thermometry and a member of the CCT taskforce for the Kelvin redefinition and CCT working group on temperature scales. He is also NPL's representative on Euramet TC Thermometry, chair of TCT strategy group and member of the Euramet TCT cmc review group.

What the exhibitors say:
Sales Director, Brian Kyte, says: "We will be exhibiting at the MMM roadshow for the fourth time and it is an event that Alicona consider very important in the exhibition calendar."

This year Alicona (Stand 7) will be showing, for the first time at this event, the InfiniteFocus SL system. Based on the well established focus variation technology this simplified version of the InfiniteFocus allows quick and easy measurements of products and features in a manufacturing and laboratory/measurement room environment.

The system allows the non contact measurement of surface finish, and form with finish on form on many different surfaces. It also incorporates the ability to measure wear and volume within a very simple to use package designed for use by all different levels of skilled technicians.

ATS (Stand 15) is an independent solution provider for industrial, process, IT and quality users world-wide. The company provide products and services for all three levels of the automation pyramid; Control, Execution and Information. Its partner community includes some of the most reputable companies in the world, which equips ATS to deliver World Class solutions to end users.

ATS is an innovative, strategic knowledge partner offering numerous areas of expertise, including manufacturing execution systems; non-contact and contact dimensional measurement systems; data collection systems for both variable and attribute data; control technologies; SCADA/HMI; programming languages; communication and networks; databases; metrology advice and consultancy

BMTA (British Measurement & Testing Association) is the trade and technology association for laboratory and test house organisations, representing the interests of about 400 UKAS accredited laboratories. BMTA (stand 36) provides its members with a range of technical and commercial information alerting services and helps members to represent the Association on BSI Committees.

Members benefit from a wide range of events organised by BMTA and are also offered discounts on many training courses offered by organisations such as NMO, NPL, LGC, ERA and BINDT. BMTA members also benefit from the Association's membership of EUROLAB, which is a Brussels-based body representing associations across Europe. EUROLAB influences legislation and procedures affecting all accredited laboratories.

Developed as a response to frequent requests for a gauging system that could accurately measure small bores, Bowers (Stand 11) will be demonstrating the ingenious two-point MicroGauge bore gauging system. Designed specifically for the accurate measurement of bores from 1 to 6.0 mm, the extremely compact gauge features a completely new integral digital readout. The user-friendly gauge is simple to operate; the action of locating the gauge's hard-chromed, spherical contact points into the bore to be measured causes a mechanical force to be transferred to the gauge's digital readout unit. This action instantaneously causes the bore's size to be displayed on the unit's high-visibility LCD readout. And, as the MicroGauge benefits from two-point localised contact with the bore to be measured, further bore features, such as ovality, taper and barrelling can also be evaluated.

Carl Zeiss (Stand 31) is a market and technology leader in the field of co-ordinate measurement machines. From its facilities in Rugby, Warwickshire, the company provides demonstration, training and contract measurement equipment for CMM and computed tomography (CT).Contact Zeiss for precision measurement requirements and information on how to upgrade non-Zeiss CMMs to industry leading measurement software, Calypso.

Creaform (Stand 20) develops, manufactures and offers 3D portable measurement technologies and specialises in 3D engineering services. At the MMM 2012 Roadshow, the company will be showing the portable, self-positioning 3D scanner Handyscan 3D, mainly used for reverse engineering, styling, design, quality control and inspection tasks. With an accuracy of up to 0.040 mm it generates accurate, repeatable, high resolution 3D data. Dynamic referencing makes it possible to move the part during the 3D scanning session, so there is no need for a rigid set-up. Creaform also offers the portable and tactile CMM HandyPROBE and the optical 3D scanners MetraSCAN 3D as well as the intuitive photogrammetry device the MaxSHOT 3D.

FARO Technologies (Stand 29) will launch the new Vantage, a true laser tracker that combines disruptive new features and a supremely portable design. Enhancements like SmartFind, MultiView and integrated WLAN expedite measurement routines for unprecedented speed and efficiency. Dramatic reductions in size and weight make the device extremely portable.

Although the Vantage is 25 per cent smaller and 28 per cent lighter than its predecessor, FARO has included new in-line optic systems that actually improve long-range measurement by 45 per cent to up to 80 m (160 m diameter). Integrated WLAN eliminates tethering to laptops. The result is a portable tracker that captures more measurements with fewer device moves, and shorter routines, than ever before. Along with standard shipping cases, the Vantage is packaged with an all-new backpack and roller board, so it can be transported anywhere, anytime, quickly and conveniently.

 Two of the new features found only in the Vantage - SmartFind and MultiView - increase productivity by reducing measurement time. The SmartFind system responds to simple gestures from the operator and allows the Vantage to quickly find the desired target whenever its beam is lost or broken. The patent-pending MultiView system uses two integrated cameras that let users point automatically to specific, difficult-to-reach targets.

IndySoft Europe (Stand 3) will be showing the best ‘commercially available' Enterprise-wide Asset Management and Instrument Calibration Software on the market today, the popularity and success of the software is largely due to its recognition of compliance with AS9100, QS9000, TS16949, ISO9000, FDA 21CFR Part 11 and ISO17025 - to name just a few.

"There are no restrictions to what equipment you can store, calibrate or service with our software, including electrical, force, pressure, torque, dimensional, temperature gauges, machinery, tooling and so on. Users can generate certificates, label stickers, inspection or service reports, use their own test points or industry standards, bar-code scan and full audit trails are standard," says Managing Director, Jake Bishop.

According to Mahr (Stand 9) the future of roughness measurements has already begun: The innovative measuring system MarSurf One combines Mahr technology with the comfort of a Smartphone. Never before in this form could surface measuring devices fulfil the attributes ‘mobile', ‘networked', ‘location independent' and ‘precise'. This world premiere has an advantage for manufacturing companies; it can be acquired at a very affordable price.

All common roughness depth parameters such as Ra, Rz, Rmax, Rt, Rq are reliably and quickly recorded, evaluated and documented with MarSurf One. The system operates on the principle of the stylus method, has a measuring range of 350 µm and a profile resolution of 8 nm. Results and protocols of the measured roughness depth profile can be saved as a PDF file on the SD card and sent as an email, for example.

At this year's MMM Roadshow, Phase Vision (Stand 30) will be exhibiting a range of new, innovative non-contact 3D measurement solutions for manufacturers. In addition to its Quartz Scanner products, Phase Vision will be presenting new options for industrial users to gain competitive advantage through improved inspection capability.

The Phase Vision Quartz Scanner uses patented SmartFringe structured light technology to offer flexibility across applications and industry sectors, with a measurement envelope range from 300mm by 300mm up to 2.2m by 2.2m for single measurements, multiple scans can be used for larger components, and a robust, portable factory-proof design. The opportunity for increased measurement efficiencies in a production environment is therefore available to manufacturers of very large components, such as car body panels. The Quartz Scanner's patented optics and software algorithms deliver further flexibility in terms of component materials, including ‘difficult' surfaces such as engineering composites and ambient lighting conditions.

The company offers a full Contract Measurement Service, providing a fast, efficient solution for manufacturing users wishing to address a quality problem or other measurement requirement as an immediate or temporary priority.

This year, Third Dimension will showcase its  latest 2012 GapGun + range of systems and accessories. These will include its most advanced and powerful GapGun MX+ system and a new GapGun desk docking station, which allows the GapGun to charge and download data. Also, the highly anticipated GapGun clip-on battery pack that allows operators to measure without wires or a waistpack for up to 6.5 hours will be exhibited. Demonstrating a wide number of precision feature measurements for applications that cover automotive, aerospace, turbine and many more, the company's team will be on-hand to deal with sample parts and speak to customers about how the GapGun can be used to solve measurement issues.

Verisurf (Stand 32) is a metrology software development company committed to delivering advanced computer?aided inspection and reverse engineering solutions. Verisurf software helps manufacturers produce higher quality products in less time and at a lower cost by using highly automated paperless, 3D model?based inspection processes, rather than hand measurements and 2D paper drawings.

The company will be demonstrating its brand new X6 product. "The new X6 is loaded with innovative features that greatly expand the capability of metrology devices, yet this is just the tip of the iceberg," says Ernie Husted, president of Verisurf. "Our new software has model?based GD&T Inspection at its core, making it possible to import model?based GD&T data, create it, inspect to it and report on it. So, it lets engineers say goodbye to 2D drawings and all of the additional time, money and inconsistencies that go with them."

Vision Engineering (Stand 14) is pleased to announce it will be showcasing its successful Swift at Make Measurement Matter 2012. Proving a great success with customers who need to replace an aging shadowgraph, the Swift video measuring system is ideal for inspecting and measuring micro-manufactured component parts.
The Swift is designed for 2-axis video measuring and offers advanced technology and calibrated measurement in a compact, intuitive and user friendly machine. It is also very competitively priced, with a basic system complete with touchscreen PC.

 Full Exhibitor List (with stand numbers)
1 Trac
2 Micron Metology
3 Indysoft
4 Delcam
5 Metrology Direct
6 Blum Novotest
7 Alicona
10 Heidenhain
11 Bowers Metrology
12 Steinbichler
13 Physical Digital
14 Vision Engineering
15 ATS Quality Products
16 Conway Precision
17 Spectrum Metrology
18 Marposs
19 Nikon Metrology
20 Creaform
21 Europac
22 Renishaw
23 Third Dimension
24 Piccadilly Precision Engineering
25 GOM
26 Hexagon
27 Hexagon
28 Hexagon
29 Faro
30 Phase Vision
31 Carl Zeiss
32 Verisurf
33 Solartron Metrology
34 Brunson Instrument
38 Taylor Hobson

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