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Composite materials are becoming increasingly popular in the aerospace and automotive industries due to their lightweight properties. Developing new composite material products quickly and efficiently is, therefore, the main objective of the manufacturing companies working in these industries. Several problems can, however, impact the production of composite material pieces that, once completed, will not meet the customer’s requirements. Portable metrology solutions—and, more specifically, optical portable CMMs—help resolve the problems and challenges of composite material manufacturing. 

Originally established to supply the nearby Nissan Motor Manufacturing Manufacturing plant with seating systems on a Just-in-Time basis, the success of Lear Corporation’s Sunderland factory recently prompted a further multi-million-pound investment. To enable the busy facility to keep-pace with growing demand, the Corporation has extended its Sunderland plant by a further 3,500sqm and installed additional state-of-the-art production and testing equipment. The new extension has increased Lear Sunderland’s capacity by over 300,000 car seats per year, taking the plant’s total capacity to more than 600,000 per annum.

Teledyne Labtech’s circuits can be found in many demanding applications including defence electronics, air traffic control systems, global telecommunications and satellite communications systems. Its special expertise is in the manufacturing of complex microwave PCBs, from double-sided PTFE, Mixed Dielectric Multilayer PCBs, through to complex metal-cored PCBs. The company also offers plated through holes (PTH), blind and buried vias, laser cut cavities, embedded resistors and connectors.

Once that you have performed the measurement, and collected and communicated the data, you may feel that the task is complete.  However, in order to ensure that the next measurement task is not delayed, you need to ensure that you leave the measuring instruments so that they are fit for purpose for their next operation.


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.

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