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Makino, a global manufacturer of high speed machining centres and EDM machines displayed an InfiniteFocus 3D measurement system during the IMTS show in Chicago recently. This enabled Makino to show how advanced quality assurance in the field of high precision and micro technology using their high performance IQ300 vertical machining centre can be performed.

Airbus commissioned LAP, the German specialists in laser-based measuring and projection technology to provide 220 laser projection systems. LAP will now become a strategic partner of EADS / Airbus. Airbus will use the laser projectors in the manufacture of carbon fiber components for wings, fuselage and tail units of the new Airbus A350 XWB to further optimize the efficiency of production.

The AgustaWestland production facility in Anagni, Italy, has been measuring rotor blades for helicopters with an SMM-MT horizontal-arm measuring machine from ZEISS for more than 20 years.

Chesapeake Testing has ordered a combined 225-450kV microfocus X-ray and computer tomography (CT) system from Nikon Metrology. Chesapeake Testing in Belcamp, Maryland, USA, provides ballistic experimentation and testing services in support of protection systems research, certification and compliance testing.


A ContourGT  Optical Surface Profiler configuration from Veeco Instruments is optimized for characterizing high-brightness light-emitting diode (HB-LED) patterned sapphire substrates (PSS).

The UK’s National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is using an Olympus LEXT OLS4000 confocal microscope in a project to establish good practice guidelines for the calibration of 3D/areal surface texture measuring instruments.

Palaeontologists rub shoulders with aircraft designers at the Henry Moseley X-ray Imaging Facility located at the University of Manchester. The Facility is openly available to academic and industrial users, who gather instant scientific proof regarding otherwise hidden information using radiography and computed tomography (CT).


Gorosabel in Spain needed a solution to inspect its fragile solar cell panels using a powerful vision solution that could handle high-speed production whilst performing different inspection tasks while ensuring that the delicate product remained intact. In-Sight vision systems from Cognex are now performing the inspection task ensuring zero fault production.


Forklift supplier Barloworld has announced significant "positive" results following the introduction of Six Sigma continuous improvement techniques. Both Barloworld and its customers have benefited from the initiative, and the company has helped ensure the Hyster Fortens remains one of the most reliable forklifts on the market today.


 A Korean based company is using a Mecmesin force test system to establish consistent manufacture and touch uniformity for its navigation device touch screens

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