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Control is a technology and trend barometer for innovation in quality assurance and metrology and will feature nearly 1000 exhibitors from 32 countries, Control showcases hardware and software technologies, components, modules, subsystems and complete solutions from around the world and across all industry sectors.

MACH is unique in the UK as it showcases live working machinery and brings together leading manufacturers across a range of technologies including; milling, turning, metrology, additive manufacturing and tooling. A free seminar programme runs in two dedicated theatres and will feature talks by Airbus, Messier-Dowty, McLaren, Cranfield University and HS2.

Since 2005, Third Dimension has worked in partnership with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) to implement its GapGun product to help develop the world-renowned quality of its vehicles. Alan Olifent, Dimensional & Process Verification Manager of JLR, said: “GapGun is the ideal tool for quickly and accurately measuring small gaps and profiles throughout the car. It is important that these dimensions are monitored closely.

Birmingham Prototypes has invested in two Nikon multi-sensor CMMS following a significant increase in orders for the supply of prototype pressings and bracketry, notably to Jaguar Land Rover (JLR).  The goal of the automotive and aerospace pressings specialist was not only to measure the sheet metal parts more quickly but more importantly to speed subsequent report generation. The investment has also resulted in the establishment of a new subcontract service offering laser scanning and inspection work.


Manufacturing is a complex industry, and most companies are swimming in data. With data on things like production, sales, marketing and logistics seemingly taking top billing, how does an organisation ensure visibility of its quality data? Knowing more information is generally a good thing; however, knowing the right information at the right time is what really makes a difference. For manufacturers, knowing what information to collect, when to collect it and how to present it is critical when making decisions.

Wood that can be used for solid floorboards, for example, has far higher value than that which suffers from damage such as heart rot or cavities and which can only be used as veneer wood. 3D imaging of freshly cut tree trunks provides a cost-effective contribution to the evaluation and classification of the wood.

Based in Veldhoven in the heart the Dutch technology belt, subcontractor Van Riet Metalworks specialises in the prototype and series production of steel and non-ferrous mechanical parts. In this market, accuracy is paramount and so the company invested in a Mazak Variaxis 5 axis machine tool with an automated pallet system which allows it to reduce the amount of human handling and so increase accuracy and reduce defects.  As well as streamlining its production processes, Van Riet is also able to cut labour costs and increase production by running the Variaxis unattended for 18 to 20 hours per day.

Micro-indentation is a popular approach for determining the mechanical properties of a range of materials. At the Department of Osteology and Biomechanics, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (Germany), Dr. Björn Busse and his research group are employing this technique to investigate the mechanical properties of bone.

Our previous article (published in QMT September/October) outlined the advice NPL gives to measurement professionals who are preparing to take a measurement. In this issue we progress to the next stage of the process and examine the questions to ask when performing the measurement.

The Centre for X-ray Tomography at Ghent University in Belgium (UGCT) is using in-situ testing stages and accessories supplied by Deben for tensile and compressive strength tests on geo-materials.  Professor Veerle Cnudde leads the Centre’s PProGRess team (Pore-scale Processes in Geomaterials Research), which combines conventional research techniques such as optical microscopy and SEM-EDX with non-destructive techniques such as high resolution X-ray Computed Tomography. Areas studied by the team include dynamic processes in geomaterials, related to areas such as fluid flow behaviour; fracture nucleation and propagation in rocks; carbonatation; dissolution, precipitation and crystallization processes in porous stones.

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