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Remote visual inspection (RVI) is a valuable tool when inspecting complex equipment, reducing cost and time, avoiding the need to disassemble critical components such as gas turbines and piping infrastructure. Since videoscopes face the challenge of fitting complex optical and digital imaging equipment into the compact tip of the scope, inspection and measurement capabilities have traditionally been limited. However, in light of technological advances in miniaturisation, digital imaging quality and data processing power, the next generation of videoscope has progressed RVI to a new level.

In the TV series ‘Pompeii New Secrets Revealed’ presenter Mary Beard, renowned classicist and TV historian, explored what life was like in one of the world’s most extraordinary and iconic archaeological sites.

Adding extra stiffness to a car body can improve vehicle handling performance and the subjective driving experience, but established measurement techniques or computer-aided engineering (CAE) fail to explain this relationship.

How do you determine the diameter of a seal-energising spring after manufacture, while it is still an irregular loop of coil with its ends welded together and not yet formed into a circle by the seal it will eventually strengthen? The standard options are traditional circular go / no-go gauges for a specific size of large spring or a conical step gauge rising in one millimeter increments for a family of smaller sizes. However, Redditch-based Clifford Springs has established a more accurate process using a Nikon Metrology iNEXIV VMA-4540 CNC video measuring machine.

My own experience goes back to the Defence Standards through BS 5750 and then on to ISO 9001. This is the route whereby Quality Assurance standards have evolved over the years into the latest version which uses the ISO annex SL format (10 Sections). It is instructive to note that Quality Assurance has become Quality Management.

A new system incorporating a laser micrometer will help SG Technologies, which produces high performance magnetic components, to more than double the production capacity for one of its highest volume products.

Mistakes happen—especially when workers complete repetitive manual tasks, such as parts counting. In an effort to meet customer requirements and ensure its boxes contain the exact number of pieces, a top engine valve supplier to the automotive industry added an automatic second check for each shipment.

Located in Plymouth, Kawasaki Precision Machinery UK Ltd (KPM UK) is the centre for Sales, Engineering and Manufacturing for Kawasaki hydraulic components and systems, including the world famous Staffa radial piston motor, for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Controlled Power Technologies (CPT) specialises in the development of cost-effective CO2 reduction measures for the global automotive industry that avoid major redesign of the powertrain or vehicle electrical system.

Bowers Group has supplied Carlin, a professional motor racing team, with several Wyler Clinotronic PLUS digital inclinometers. The inclinometers are used in the workshop, garage, and at the track, making them a key tool in the set up and maintenance of Carlin’s motorsport cars.

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