It can calculate the dimensions of a countersink hole to accurately predict the flushness of fasteners once fitted. What’s more, it can operate in real time on the production lines of aircraft, cars and vans, and also in the energy and marine markets.

Dennis de Roos, Third Dimension’s chief sales & marketing officer, says: “If the hole for a rivet isn’t the right size, it will create severe quality problems, either at the time of production or more worryingly further down the line. Our new, patented system will help prevent these issues in just a couple of seconds, per measurement. For the first time, fastener flushness and countersink characteristics can be measured quickly and accurately, time and time again, with no possibility of operator error.”

The patent-protected GapGun Countersink Inspection System enables the prediction of fastener flushness fast and accurately. Tolerance bands can be pre-set, the measurement is recorded against these and then the result can be read onscreen or automatically sent to a PC to enable comparison and analysis.

The Third Dimension solution also has a specially designed standoff integrated into the sensor. This enables the system to calculate this crucial point to quality check the dimensions of hole, before the fastener is fixed in place.

The countersink solution is available to order now from Third Dimension or through its global network of distributors.