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An investment of £500k into new equipment has resulted in rapid growth for Manchester Metrology. Since its inception in 2008 Manchester Metrology has become a leading player in the inspection of engineered components with a turnover of £1.4m in 2014. Over the next three years Manchester Metrology aims to maintain sustainable growth and predicts a turnover of £3.4m by 2017. The company’s long term partnership with equipment supplier Faro will allow Manchester Metrology to stay ahead of the competition in providing the latest technology and training services.

Before producing a new hot rolled profile the roll stand set-up has to be optimised. The ideal parameters are established by the repeated separation, cooling and measuring of the profile shape between passes – a very time and resource consuming process.

Konecranes Machine Tool Service (MTS), headquartered in Finland, is one of the world’s largest providers of machine tool servicing. With hundreds of service specialists based in many locations including China, Estonia, Finland, Norway, Sweden, the UK and USA, the company is able to offer a full range of preventive maintenance, rebuild, remanufacture, retrofit and repair services as well as onsite support for all types and brands of machine tools.

A GE Aviation open innovation challenge designed to uncover new methods of conducting high-speed, automated inspections of turbine airfoils garnered 51 entries from 48 different participants in 18 countries. The winning entry was submitted by Capture 3D, of Costa Mesa, CA.

When ISO 9001:2015 is released this September, organisations will have three years to implement the changes required to their Quality Management Systems (QMS). This sounds like a long time, but it’s never too early to plan for a change of this magnitude. Leaving it to the last minute would be a very risky strategy indeed.

To ensure the highest standards of dimensional accuracy, toolmakers at Precision Moulds & Tools Services inspect manufactured components using Mitutoyo Toolmakers Measuring Microscopes located in dedicated, climate controlled inspection areas. On completion, each tool undergoes detailed final inspection. If requested, comprehensive inspection reports can also be created and submitted with delivered tools.

In our introductory article (published in April’s QMT) we looked at the broad principles of metrology good practice. In this article I want to look at the measurement considerations that will allow you to make better measurements in the workplace. Issues need to be addressed throughout the measurement process but I want to look just at the preliminary stages, and the advice we give to any professional looking to make a measurement.

All machine vision systems rely on the production of an image of sufficient quality to allow the required measurements to be made. Clearly the lens or lens combinations used in the vision system play a crucial role in determining the quality of the image produced as well as its magnification. This article looks at some novel lens types that have become available and others that help solve otherwise challenging measurement applications. Polymer tuneable lenses

A major manufacturer of non-alcoholic beverages, including Red Bull brand energy drinks, has selected Mettler Toledo IND780Batch terminals to control batching of high-value produce concentrates from its tank scales in its new Thai facility. The terminals’ easy

Many industries, including the automotive and aerospace industries, must precisely measure the three-dimensional features of large objects. An increasingly popular way to do this is with the laser tracker, a device first introduced in the late 1980s. As its name suggests, the laser tracker measures 3D coordinates by tracking a laser beam to a retro-reflective target held in contact with the object of interest.

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