Cheltenham based Spirax Sarco is a global leader in the design and manufacture of steam technologies, offering a comprehensive range of steam solutions to a variety of industries and processes. Steam is widely acknowledged as the most cost effective way of distributing energy in the form of heat, around a plant or institution for use in a variety of processes. As a leader in the field, Spirax Sarco is able to provide an industry leading product range, combined with the support services and expertise needed to enable its customers to optimise their manufacturing processes through effective use of steam. In addition to designing, installing and commissioning new facilities, Spirax Sarco helps its customers to optimise existing steam systems, upgrade steam plants and to maintain performance through scheduled maintenance routines.
With the introduction of advanced technologies, inspection and engineering fields have a great opportunity to revolutionise how they train and bring on-board new inspectors. Major inspection users are identifying new solutions to lessen the impact of an aging workforce and growing skills gap. Whether it is by establishing new training programs, such as the Alabama Industrial Development Training program led by Airbus, or adopting advanced visual inspection tools, asset owners are embracing technology to improve productivity and reduce the shortage of qualified inspectors.
The winners of the opto-digital technology grant, offered by Olympus in partnership with QMT magazine have been announced and come from sectors as diverse as medical research, solar energy and flexible electronics.
In the early days of precision measurement users of optical instruments like transits, levels, and theodolites had the idea of instrument stability ingrained into them because these instruments required levelling and indexing (referred to as bucking in) prior to any measurements being taken.
As the UK’s National Measurement Institute, the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is an invaluable resource for companies seeking assistance with matters of measurement. Our extensive training programme places decades of expertise at the disposal of clients spanning a broad range of manufacturing fields, ranging from aerospace and shipbuilding to medical and energy.
Sheffield-based Technicut is a leading UK provider of innovative and high performance tooling solutions for the aerospace & allied industries.
The UPBracing Team of Paderborn University has been a regular contender on the Formula Student circuit since 2006, writes Harald Richter. The student racing team is one of the more experienced in the international constructors’ championship. But to compete with the best, some very special technology is needed. Building a racing car is a bit like Lego, but at a much higher level. Everything is a bit more complex and a bit bigger, including the boys and girls who play with it. Anybody who ever received Lego as a present remembers the promising rattle when you shook the box. The mixture of excited anticipation and quiet self-doubt that came as you wondered whether you could really build it. Christoph Wälter has never lost that feeling. Today, he’s not just receiving rattling boxes anymore, but entire crates of pipes, body parts, suspension components and more. Christoph Wälter is chairman of UPBracing Team e.V., the racing team of Universität Paderborn. The team is made up of students from all faculties of the university, and they work together to design and construct a single-seater racing car for the Formula Student competition. Formula Student has its origins in an American university competition that was founded by the SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) in 1981. In 1998 the idea migrated across the Atlantic to Great Britain and in the years that followed, more and more international race tracks staged the constructors’ competition, one of them being the Hockenheimring. Since 2006, the Verein Deutscher Ingenieure (VDI) has been in charge of Formula Student Germany and this has opened the door to the race track for many German students. The objective of the Formula Student project is to gain experience in car design and construction, and the commercial aspects of automotive engineering. To this end, the participants form a virtual production company that is focused on the development and construction of a racing car with the aim of producing a fully functional prototype. Teams come together once or twice a year at famous race tracks throughout the world to race against each other. However, in Formula Student it is not necessarily the fastest car that wins, but the team with the best overall package of construction, racing performance, financial planning and promotional arguments. The UPBracing Team of Universität Paderborn is one of the most experienced Formula Student racing teams in Germany, having produced their first racing car back in 2006. The team includes over 140 former and about 40 active members – and each one of them is familiar with the problem of the rattling boxes. Building from loose parts
Autocraft Drivetrain Solutions, operating from a 56,000sqm site near Grantham, Lincolnshire, is the largest independent engine remanufacturer in Europe, supplying such well-known OE manufacturers as Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, Volvo, Aston Martin, JCB and Chrysler.
Micro-Epsilon UK Ltd has supplied a variety of non-contact laser displacement sensors and an infrared thermal imaging camera for use in a high speed (up to 10,500rpm) wheel spin test, part of the BLOODHOUND SSC Project – the 1,000 mph land speed record attempt that is scheduled to take place in 2016.
Continuously monitoring product and process quality metrics during manufacturing is vital, along with the unrelenting pressure to cut costs and increase quality. Take Body in White (BIW) assembly -- locations of holes, slots, studs, welding lines and other features need verification, not to mention flush and gap verification for door or hinge lines in the Trim and Finish section. Such critical measurements are primarily performed by either horizontal-arm CMMs offline, taking significant extra time, or on the production line, requiring dozens of sensors individually aimed at each of the features that are to be inspected.
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