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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.

What does an orbiting telescope currently mapping the Milky Way have in common with the first all-English wristwatch to be produced in half a century? UK subcontractor Microtec EDM, Basildon, supplied prototypes and components for both ventures, as well as for a host of other innovative and high profile projects. The company recently raised the capability of its metrology department significantly by purchasing a powerful CNC video measuring system, an iNEXIV VMA-4540 from Nikon Metrology.

Control 2015, the leading international showcase for measurement and quality assurance takes place in Stuttgart from 5 to 8 May. The show brings together users from all over the world with the international market leaders and innovative suppliers of all QA related technologies, products, subsystems and complete solutions in hard and software.

Do you have a cutting-edge precision engineering or materials science inspection project or an idea for one? Would a cutting edge opto-digital microscopes help you stretch the boundaries of your ambitions and achievements? A technology grant could make that possible.


When Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso steer their Formula One cars over the track, minute details play a key role in determining the winner. The battle for every second begins long before they sit behind the wheel – it starts with the manufacturers of engines and drive systems. One of them is Pankl Racing Systems AG. The company develops and builds engine and gearing components for various motorsport teams in all international motorsport classes, including Formula One, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, NASCAR and MotoGP, the pinnacle of motorcycle racing. Pankl Engine Systems manufactures the engine components at its plant in Bruck an der Mur, Austria.

Established in 1984, Xtrac is widely recognised as the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of transmission systems. The company supports a wide client base covering top level motorsport, transportation, defence and marine.

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