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Optical scanners provide point-cloud data collection, portability and speed and will play a significant role in the future of quality control for production line metrology. Being readily available and using fast-developing technology the capabilities of 3D optical scanners are not yet fully understood and scanners are known to have difficulties measuring certain surfaces and geometries.

UKAS accredited Roxspur Measurement & Control Ltd (RM&C) provides both on-site and in-house calibration to either UKAS or national standards. The company provides full certification of a range of disciplines including temperature pressure, flow and electrical parameters.

DEKRA Industrial is one of the leaders in the prevention of industrial and occupational hazards in France and Europe. Its expertise in identifying and assessing hazards is instrumental in risk prevention for a variety of companies.

Combining pumps, intensifiers and articulated cutting heads capable of producing 3D parts, CNC waterjets are highly engineered pieces of capital equipment. At the heart of the process though, is the waterjet orifice—an assembly often built around an industrial ruby, sapphire or diamond to concentrate and maintain the strength of the waterjet cutting stream. “Without the orifice, the entire system is essentially useless,” says Ted Jernigan, president of Diamond Technology Innovations located in Olympia, Washington.

The measurement solutions provider has supplied a range of equipment to the National Physical Laboratory based at Huddersfield University to support its projects with businesses in the Yorkshire and Humber area. PL Huddersfield has added a pair of Hexagon Metrology co-ordinate measuring machines and a ROMER portable measuring arm to its busy facility in a bid to boost research and development capabilities, CMM part programming and training services.

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.

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