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Rotork, the market leading actuator manufacturer and flow control company, works closely with companies in the oil and gas, water and waste water, power, marine, mining, food, pharmaceutical and chemical industries across the globe. Rotork’s products and services are used throughout the world to improve process efficiency, assure safety, and protect the environment.

ISO/TS 16949, based on the quality standard ISO9001 was first introduced for the automotive industry in 1999 and since its first publication it has been regarded as a ‘must-have’ for companies engaged in design/development and manufacture in the automotive industry.

The development of Aberlink’s Xtreme CMM was prompted by the growing trend for component inspection being performed at the point of manufacture, as well as by the increasing requirement for machine operators to measure parts within the cycle time of their machine tools.

The University of Huddersfield’s Centre for Precision Technologies (CPT) is widely acknowledged as a leading centre for research into precision engineering, metrology and machine tool performance. The CPT carries out research into technical problems in the field of machine tool accuracy and performance for companies such as Machine Tool Technologies Ltd (MTT).

Having built its reputation in high-volume precision pressing, Quality Engineered Products (QEP) took the decision eight years ago to move into the competitive world of subcontract precision machining. The company, based in Cinderford (UK), started out with vertical machining centres and CNC lathes. Then, in 2015, a major investment in state-of-the-art machine tools provided the opportunity to fully exploit technology and make significant gains.

The quality department at the Chassis & Safety division of automotive company, Continental in Veszprem, Hungary, recently invested in two Nikon ALTERA multi-sensor coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) fitted with LC15Dx laser scanners to upgrade the inspection capabilities of its measurement laboratory. The company needed a high capacity system capable of rapid inspection cycles combined with fast surface scanning with accurate feature measurements, the aim being to gain more comprehensive insight into the company’s products.

Portable measurement arms are a well-established and trusted technology delivering fast and accurate 3D coordinate measurement data in an ever-growing variety of industrial applications. However, some companies have doubts about their capability or are not using their arm to its full potential.

Monitor Coatings Ltd is a privately owned company with over 30 years’ experience in providing high quality coatings to a wide range of demanding industries, including the aerospace, oil & gas exploration and steel sectors. The company’s coatings and surface engineering are able to withstand exposure to a wide variety of chemical, physical and mechanical environments, and to deliver a range of advantages including wear, corrosion, and abrasion resistance, as well as providing thermal barriers.

Verisurf Software and InspectionXpert Corporation demonstrated an integrated solution that lets customers choose between using 2D drawings or 3D CAD models to effectively produce and implement automated 3D measurement plans and first article inspection reports.

It is increasingly important for automotive assembly plants to continuously monitor process quality throughout the production process. This need is driven by OEMs pushing the limits of design by using complex shapes, new materials, and cutting edge processes. Locations of holes, slots, studs, and welding lines along with flush & gap of doors, hoods, deck lids, and other hangers need to be measured and monitored throughout the assembly process. These inspections ensure that vehicles are built within the ever more stringent tolerances set by automotive manufacturers.

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