QMT Features: August 2014
GWP on the case
A FARO Gage has cut the time to produce inserts for bespoke protective cases

GWP Protective is a leading UK designer and manufacturer of customised protective cases. Its particular expertise is in the production of engineered foam inserts, which it manufactures using CNC routing, water-jet cutting and pressing.

Jon Cooper GWP Protective Engineering Manager says the company’s success comes from its expertise in offering protective solutions for high value, delicate and sensitive equipment or products. 

“We provide our service through offering a combination of traditional flight cases and branded protective cases. In addition we design and manufacture high quality bespoke foam inserts that are custom made to match the profiles of the equipment that is to be carried in our range of cases,” he said.

Based on the profiles of the products to be carried, GWP creates suitable foam insert designs using digitising hardware and CAD software that is linked directly to its foam conversion facility. The engineered foam inserts can be tailored perfectly not only to the products they will protect, but also to the specified exterior case – be it a custom built flight case, waterproof case, aluminium container or any of the branded options for which CWP is an official distributor.
Jon Cooper continued. “As we pursue a policy of continuous improvement, we are constantly searching for technologies that will enable us to maintain our high quality standards, speed-up our processes and provide value for money protective solutions for our customers. A case in point was our recent purchase of an advanced Gage measuring arm from FARO UK. 
“Although the previous device that we used for measuring the 2D dimensions of customers’ products, prior to manufacturing suitable inserts, was adequate for our needs, in accordance with our on-going quest for progress, we identified this process as an area that could be improved. 
“As the Gage is so easy to use, following a brief training session and short learning curve, we quickly became proficient in its operation. Now in constant use, the measuring arm has enabled us to slash the time taken to measure customers’ components and to create profiles that can be used to generate CAD programs for manufacturing. As demand for our products is constantly growing, the speed of the Gage has removed the potential for hold-ups within our important customer component measuring function.
“In addition to our new FaroArm having the ideal measuring envelope for the products that we measure, the impressive accuracy of the Gage ensures that we are able to produce high quality foam inserts that provide the correct, slight interference-fit, with the products they are designed to protect. This optimum fit provides maximum protection in transit and enables easy component retrieval.Jon Cooper concluded. “As some of our customers operate within sensitive areas, occasionally they are reluctant to leave their components with us to enable measuring routines to take place. A major advantage of the use of the Gage is its portability, as it is relatively light, now, when required we are able to place it in its carrying case, take it to a customer’s premises and measure their parts in-situ. This on-site service has proved very popular and has further enhanced the services that we provide to our customers.”www.faro.com
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