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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.

SuperAlloy Industrial Company (SAI) relies on the precision metrology of Renishaw machine tools to produce its lightweight forged wheels and car chassis components to the standards required by the world’s leading car manufacturers.

In space flight the first eight minutes are critical; this is when the greatest opposing forces of thrust and gravity are impacting the launch vehicle. The new NASA Space Launch System (SLS) will weigh 2,500 tonnes at liftoff, or roughly the weight of eight fully loaded 747 jets. Everything comes down to weight and the integrity of design and fabrication to insure success - lighter the launch vehicle greater the payload.

Additive manufacture gives designers and engineers an extraordinary degree of freedom, allowing complex shapes and components to be produced in a single operation. However, it is that geometric complexity which makes NDT difficult.

ARGON has been selected by Airbus to realise a turnkey automated inspection cell for A330 & A380 jet engine pylons in the Saint-Eloi Satellite site in France. This new inspection cell complements an existing Saint-Eloi cell, which already runs on ARGON-developed automated inspection cycles. Furthermore, ARGON is also integrating metrology solutions enabling measurement assisted pylon assembly.

While electronic sensor technology is well established for rigid devices, innovative devices such as flexible phones and wearable technology must also overcome the challenge of maintaining electrical integrity during flexing and stretching. In the design of new devices, one approach to flexibility is to overlay rigid electronic components on a deformable substrate, linking these via conducting interconnects.

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