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In many industries coatings are used as protection against air, moisture and physical damage – or for decorative purposes. Adding a coating can improve the appearance of a product, but also its function and its lifetime. The thickness of the coating often determines the level of protection it offers and therefore the longevity of the component.

Bowers Group has supplied IBEX Innovations with a Baty VuMaster CNC Vision System to ensure the accuracy of key components used in ground breaking X-Ray detector technology.

Engineers are using the equipment for a wide range of scanning and inspection tasks at its new research and design facility at Bruntinghthorpe, Leicestershire. The 3m arm’s capabilities allows the chassis development team to fully inspect and scan some motorcycles in a single exercise without the need to move and re-position the kit. For other motorcycles, leapfrogging using the arm and Polyworks software is quick and easy.

The 3D Metrology Conference, 3DMC, is a new series of conferences dedicated to the application of 3D metrology systems. The conference series is run by experts in the UK at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and University College London (UCL), and in Germany at the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) and the RWTH Aachen University.

Utrasonic probe technology which can conduct safety critical testing inside galvanizing equipment – while holding molten zinc at 450°C – which was developed from research conducted at the University of Warwick – is now being commercialised by Zinco UK.

To ensure quality in the production of accurate, patient-specific implants, endoprostheses and surgical guides, Baltic Orthoservice in Kaunas, Lithuania, uses an array of metrology technology. This includes a multi-sensor coordinate measuring machine (CMM) including a laser scanner and a micro-CT (computed tomography) system supplied by Nikon Metrology.


The current world water speed record of 317.18 mph / 510.45 km/h was set by Australian Ken Warby in Spirit of Australia in1978. The four decades since then represent by far the longest period that the record has stood unbeaten.

As Director, Paul Turner, explains; “This has greatly increased the advantages we gain from the toolmakers’ microscope, transforming it from solely an inspection tool into a flexible communication device that helps us solve engineering problems and so improve the engineering solutions we provide to our customers.

Robots have become common place in the manufacturing environment. They are commonly used for simple tasks which are repetitive, and do not require high accuracies. Some examples include pick and place, arc-welding, and part inspection. The major factors in the popularity of robots are their low price, small footprint, and versatility. While these features are critical for the robotics market, they introduce challenges for accuracy and metrology.

Scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed a holographic imaging process using the radiation of a WiFi transmitter to generate three-dimensional images of the surrounding environment.

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