Following the supply of a Zeiss PRISMO CMM to Huddersfield University, Carl Zeiss UK is now involved in joint research at the facility.
The University approached Carl Zeiss to purchase a co-ordinate measurement machine for the work it is conducting on precision engineering production processes in the automotive and aeronautical industries.
It took delivery of the PRISMO earlier this year, supported by a grant from The Science Research Investment Fund (SRIF), which is enabling the researchers to continue to investigate the effects of temperature on the various stages of the production process.
Zeiss was so impressed with the groundbreaking work being performed that it is funding a research student for nine months to support a joint R&D project specifically on measurement.
Traditionally true and precise measurements can only be taken once a component has cooled to a natural ambient temperature. Measuring a hot component while it is cooling can significantly reduce the amount of time between a flaw being recognised and corrected.
The partnership has investigated various solutions to this problem, while Huddersfield and the Carl Zeiss R&D department in Germany are working closely outside of this specific project.
This collaboration also provides the opportunity for the University to become the northern centre for the Carl Zeiss Contract Measurement Service.