QMT Features: April 2017
Shop floor success
Holtex Engineering Solutions has been an early user of Aberlink’s Xtreme shop floor coordinate measuring machine
Holmfirth-based precision engineering firm Holtex manufactures a large variety of high-end, high-precision complex components, as one-offs and in small batches.

Director Ben Robinson says: “Previously we have used manual metrology equipment, although a growing order book and rising pressure on our quality control facilities meant that we needed to automate as many of our inspection tasks as possible. In addition, the demanding nature of our work meant that we needed a CMM that would provide the required levels of precision.

“The Xtreme CMM has proven very easy to use, extremely accurate, and due to its CNC nature, extremely fast. As our machine operators have responsibility for the quality of their own output, they have quickly mastered the use of the Xtreme and make regular use of the new CMM. Typically our personnel will use the Xtreme to measure fist-offs before commencing on production runs, and to make occasional in-process checks.

“Our new Aberlink CMM is also used for final inspection tasks by our quality personnel. As we have written programs for repeat work, we are now able to load multiple parts on to the machine, recall the applicable program and to perform fully automated final inspection routines.

“The use of our new Aberlink Xtreme has increased our inspection precision capability and speeded-up both our production and inspection routines. Our new CMM can be seen as a commitment to help preserve our reputation for the quality of our work.”
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