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PLM theory in action


PLM’s benefits include the decrease of engineering development lead time and cost, improved product quality and performance, plus reduced IT operational costs among geographically dispersed design teams and business ...

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Price or partnership?


Balancing the best price with a quality product that is delivered on time is the golden rule of supply. Northern Precision, which last year sold in excess of 40 million fasteners, has the answer to most fastener ...

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Getting the measure of quality


While business is beginning to flow in the right direction again for many UK manufacturing companies, the fact remains that the marketplace has shrunk in recent years. For companies trying to address this situation ...

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For the one in 10


Ejector seat manufacturer Martin-Baker relies on accurate and repeatable manufacture of high-quality, complex components that simply can’t afford to fail. And it’s using CMM and machine tool probing to do it

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‘Go/no go’ still relevant


According to Jonathan Tate,metrology manager at control and inspection specialist ACI (Europe):“The co-ordinate measuring machine (CMM) is in many ways being challenged,not solely because in repetitive inspection ...

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Equipped for new AQAP?


The new AQAP 2000 series of standards will apply to MoD and NATO contracts placed from 1 April 2004 – but excluding software until mid-2005. In the UK,the MoD can be considered to be the 'ultimate customer'. It makes ...

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Probing:why not?


Heidenhain (GB) estimates that only some 10 -15 per cent of vertical machining centre users in the UK use spindle probing. Add to that the fact that even those that have them are under-utilising them, says the Burgess ...

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Zeiss targets UK aerospace


Zeiss’s new Technology Centre at its Industrial Metrology Division in Rugby underpins the company’s aerospace ambitions. Dr Rainer clearly believes the UK to be a centre for the aerospace industry and that is ...

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Probe properties pondered


According to itp, experience in the field when continuous contact scanning aluminium with high point density – on engine cylinder blocks, for example – has shown that the conventional ruby or ceramic aluminium oxide ...

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ISO project to deliver 3D surface parameters


The International Standards Organisation (ISO) is working to improve 3D surface measurement. The approach taken is to characterise the main properties of a surface based on the way the surface affects its performance ...

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Making it in Britain


At 40 years of age, John Harper pondered his pension prospects: there and then he decided to rethink his priorities. That same day he mentioned to a senior management colleague, Steve Price, that he had made up his mind ...