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Space age metrology


A recent workshop held at Cranfield University promoted discussion about how advances in metrology can help the aerospace and space industries. Machinery listened in

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Light: fantastic


The answer to both saving energy and yet boosting efficiency lies in matching intelligent lighting concepts with the appropriate lighting components.

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Technology driven


Aberlink is the largest UK-owned manufacturer of CMMs and has recently moved to a new, larger factory. Machinery was at the combined official opening and product launch

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Precise message


Wenzel has, since entering the CMM market in the early 80s grown to become a major layer in the market. Machinery visited the company on its 40th anniversary to learn how

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Competing cleverly


Renishaw probing is the foundation on which two companies, one a mould tool maker another an aerospace sub-contractor, have built smart manufacturing. But it is not the only technological element, as Machinery discovers.

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MACH accolades flood in


There was a positive rush from exhibitors to praise MACH 2008, held at Birmingham’s NEC from April 21 to 25. And it very much reflected the rush by visitors to the show.

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Rapid 3D measurement


Major improvements to the inspection process at Alcoa Howmet’s foundry in Exeter has been delivered by the introduction of a GOM ATOS II optical measurement system (GOM UK, Coventry) and Geomagic Qualify computer-aided ...

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MACH 2008 preview


MACH, the UK's bienniel manufacturing technology event, will be held at Birmingham's NEC from Monday 21 April through to Friday 25 April. This is Machinery's first preview of the upcoming exhibition.

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Narrowing the gap


Over the course of the past decade, the increasing accuracy capability of portable measuring technology has steadily encroached into fixed-bed CMM territory. Originally derided as the ‘poor relation’ to CMMs, portable ...

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Quality training


In late summer 2006, a training initiative was launched by NPL Training (National Physical Laboratory) to help drive up the measurement skills of industry. Progress is gathering pace.

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Stellar precision


Bedfordshire’s Cranfield University, which since the 1960s has been able to boast a long line of R&D facilities, has unveiled the latest building that adds further to its Precision Engineering Centre. The Hexagon Loxham ...

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Out-smarting competition


While some are still mourning the closure of the MG Rover plant at Longbridge and the Peugeot facility at Ryton, suppliers to automotive customers have had to dust themselves down and find new business.

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Better than standard


Formed component manufacturer Goss Components is using ISO/TS16949 as a springboard to even greater things.

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A shot in the arm


Instant, mobile, reliable and verifiable: just some of the reasons supporting the growing take-up in measuring arm technology.

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Secure trade


A new, voluntary trading scheme designed to improve security in the transport of goods will affect manufacturers in international supply chains, whether they do or do not export or import directly.