QMT Features: September 2015
Serving increased capacity
A UK subcontractor has invested in a new CMM to keep up with expanded capacity

Ardor Engineering Ltd specialises in the production of high-quality, precision machined components in materials that include superalloys and other exotics for customers in sectors that include nuclear, oil & gas and defence.  recent move to new premises doubled the company’s floor-space, allowing it to add new CNC machine tools and increase output.

To help the company’s busy quality department keep-pace with raised production the company decided to invest in a new CMM that could perform rapid, automated measuring routines to handle the volume of work passing through the quality department.

Managing Director Michael Kilbride said: “The nature of our demanding customers and the challenging work we undertake necessitates the administration of a rigorous quality policy. This is implemented through the operation of an all-inclusive quality management system that encompasses all of Ardor’s activities from admin functions, through manufacturing, to final inspection and component delivery.

“Having considered several alternative CMMs, an impressive demonstration of Aberlink’s Axiom Too convinced me that the machine had all of the attributes we needed. In addition to having the accuracy specification we were looking for, the Axiom Too was also able to perform the quickest, automated CNC measuring routines of all the CMMs we looked at. The machine’s generous component support meant that we would be able to measure a single large part, or load multiple smaller components.

“The machine’s impressive speed has removed the possibility of inspection bottle-necks and its ability to generate comprehensive inspection reports is much appreciated by our customers.”
The Axiom Too is the best-selling CMM from Aberlink Innovative Metrology and is available in manual and CNC variants and in a range of capacities.
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