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Sound thinking - ultrasonic inspection of 3D-printed parts 02/01/2018

The University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) at Glasgow is involved in investigating the use of ultrasonic sound as a solution to the internal measurement of additively manufactured metal parts. Andrew Allcock learned more  Read More

Engine component machining investment at JCB 09/11/2017

JCB started assembling a range of own-design diesel engines to power its vehicles in 2004. Volumes have since ramped up and now the company has, following a £10 million investment, brought in house related machining work. Andrew Allcock made a return visit to the facility to catch up with latest developments  Read More

EMO 2017 - Europe's technology showcase - Hanover 18-23 September 17/08/2017

Next month sees Europe’s most important biennial manufacturing technology exhibition. Machinery has this run-down of new products that have been revealed as being on view at EMO 2017. Alpha order listed by UK representative organisation, related exhibitors (where their name differs from the UK organisation) are below these (italicised), as are the relevant stand numbers and exhibit details  Read More

Decoding the Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence message 10/07/2017

There may be many still puzzling over the change of name in 2015 from Hexagon Metrology to Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence (Hexagon MI) and who still see the company as a metrology operation. At the Las Vegas event, meaning and shape were given to the company’s ‘manufacturing intelligence’ message.  Read More

The micron factory 29/03/2017

JLR’s new powertrain metrology facility offers engineers access to unprecedented levels of precision, thanks to a dozen-strong fleet of the best equipment in the business. But that’s just the start of the ambitious company’s work to redefine the role of measurement in engineering and manufacturing. Will Dalrymple visited  Read More

Aero challenge - extended feature 06/03/2017

Kyocera SGS Precision Tools Europe hosted one of its first UK events since being bought by the Japanese industrial conglomerate Kyocera last year. Key themes were technical collaboration and superalloys, Will Dalrymple reports   Read More

Southern comfort: Southern Manufacturing exhibition preview 20/02/2017

After years of suffering the best attempts by winter weather to dismantle Southern Manufacturing’s coated fabric tent pavilion at Farnborough, including high winds and large quantities of water too, the organisers have pushed the event back a few weeks, to the end of March, in hopes of finding a clement interval  Read More

Projecting the future: large-scale optical measurement 18/01/2017

Faro demonstrated and introduced several laser scanning metrology innovations to be launched this year at an event at its Rugby service centre in November 2016. Will Dalrymple was there  Read More

Single-click inspection: automated 2D part measurement 17/01/2017

Final quality assurance checks of flat parts no longer need to be carried out manually using a micrometer or optical comparator. A new generation of image capture devices confirm whether a part’s 2D edge and surface features are in tolerance automatically. Will Dalrymple explains  Read More

MACH 2018 – same place, new location, better facilities 02/12/2016

With post-MACH 2016 discussions and orders still playing out, exhibition organiser the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) has already moved on to organising MACH 2018 (9-13 April at the NEC - and is highlighting what’s different. There’s plenty, as Andrew Allcock heard  Read More

Accuracy in a box: third-party CMM recalibration 18/11/2016

Inbuilt 3D error maps are commonly employed to correct for repeatable errors in coordinate measuring machines (CMMs). CMM recalibration often requires that these maps be updated, but they are typically only accessible by the supplying OEM. A new ‘open’ solution has arrived, as Andrew Allcock explains  Read More

Rewriting the story: Hexagon's vision of quality driving productivity 13/11/2016

The annual Hexagon Live meeting took place earlier this year. Ola Rollén, Hexagon AB president and CEO, explained Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence’s business approach, offering ‘a rewriting of the manufacturing story’. Andrew Allcock saw his presentation and explains  Read More

This month 25 years ago: November 1991 02/11/2016

Manufacturing’s image; Cincinnati Milacron – another low-cost VMC, eyes growing market share; Yamazaki Machinery UK one of the 10 best in the world; Renishaw easy accuracy check; modular fixturing; gang-tooled lathes; Nissan, plus more   Read More

Toolroom case file: Alumat buys in to on-machine probing 24/10/2016

Processing speed has proven a vital competitive advantage for Italian firm Alumat, a designer and manufacturer of steel dies for aluminium extrusions, and has been achieved not through its choice of cutting machine, but instead via auxiliary equipment.  Read More

Metrology case file: checking composites 06/09/2016

At composites part specialist Reverie, a Baty R14 profile projector is used for non-contact measurement and inspection of autoclaved carbon fibre composite parts, and also as a method of checking CNC cutting tool dimensions and wear.  Read More

Metrology case file: one arm for all at Panasonic Manufacturing UK 05/09/2016

At Cardiff-based home appliance maker Panasonic Manufacturing UK, a Faro Edge ScanArm (02476 973000) that employs laser technology is being used to replace the need for a range of relatively dedicated measuring instruments, while also satisfying the need for portability and catering to both contact and non-contact measuring capabilities.   Read More

Metrology case file: expanding the quality control department 02/09/2016

Pioneering photo-chemical etching specialist Precision Micro has added another Mitutoyo optical coordinate measuring machine (CMM) to its fleet of Mitutoyo metrology equipment (01264 353123).  Read More

Machining centres case file: Production streamlined by 5-axis machine tool at Scottish subcontractor 23/08/2016

In Glasgow, precision engineering firm Euroscot is using a Quaser MV184 VMC (1,020 and 610 mm; X,Y) equipped with a Nikken 5AX201 4+1 tilting rotary table (01709 366306), both driven by a Heidenhain ITNC530 control (01444 247711), with the package supplied by the Engineering Technology Group (01926 818418).   Read More

Metrology case file: Performance confirmed 19/08/2016

Xtreme CMM trial user Jamestan Engineering was so impressed that it ended up buying the unit  Read More

Minding the gap: training the next generation 17/08/2016

Ford Engineering Group’s pre-apprenticeship training programme is being refreshed with a new provider and new teaching facilities that may also double up as a training facility for Haas Automation in the future. Will Dalrymple paid a visit to the South Shields, Tyneside, business to hear more  Read More

Thinking local: Faro opens UK metrology service centre 19/07/2016

From June, the 1,800 Faro Technologies products installed in the UK can be serviced in Rugby. The service and calibration centre offers repairs, recalibration and recertification of Faro arms, Vantage laser trackers and laser scanners, and in future the company’s new Cobalt light scanner, plus a training room, spares stockholding and offices  Read More

Supporting innovation: Manufacturing & Engineering North East returns to Newcastle 6-7 July 30/06/2016

The award-winning Manufacturing & Engineering North East show sees a return to the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, from July 6-7, aiming once again to support industrial innovation within the region  Read More

First step to precision: back to basics on tool presetting 13/06/2016

With a broad range of functions, from providing tooling data for CNC programs to tool inspection and even tool management, tool presetters help support and sustain efficient machining. Will Dalrymple reports  Read More

Showmanship: MACH 2016 review 16/05/2016

The biennial MACH exhibition is the UK’s number one manufacturing technology showcase. Machinery tracked down new launches for its June ‘Launched at MACH’ supplement, but offers these early observations on the event as a whole  Read More

National standard 29/02/2016

Metrology expert Mitutoyo has been running its City & Guilds metrology training course for just over one year. Andrew Allcock visited to hear about the early success of the qualification and subsequent activity  Read More

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