InRob was a Vinnova (Swedish Government) funded project with Volvo Car Corporation. Other partners included, Scania, LK Scandinavia, Fraunhoffer Chalmers Gothenburg, Chalmers and Linkoping University, and was supported by Nikon Metrology UK.
Due to enter service in 2014, the Rolls Royce Trent XWB engine, has sold more than twice the number of any comparable engine, at this stage of a programme, more than 1,400 engines are currently on order from 38 customers. To help keep pace with the high-precision final inspection requirements of the fastest-selling widebody engine ever, Rolls Royce has invested in Faro Laser Tracker ION technology.
Conroe Machine, Texas, USA, is doing what most machine shops only dream of – hard turning a family of parts around the clock in an unmanned cell that operates a ‘self controlled' process. It integrates a FANUC robot with the Equator gauging system, using Renishaw EZ-IO software to provide simple comprehensive communication functions, for 100 percent part inspection and auto-compensation of a twin-spindle Okuma 2SP-250 lathe. The cell also boxes and palletises finished parts. The company states that the turning cell paid for itself in an amazing 18 days.
For some people, the acronym GD&T stands for “Grim, Depressing & Troublesome”, whereas of course it stands for “Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing”. Why is it grim, depressing and troublesome for so many people? Before we go there, let’s get a handle on what GD&T is all about.
The world is currently on the cusp of a revolution in the way surfaces are used in manufactured products. Previously, stochastic and random surfaces, or the machining marks left by the manufacturing process, were most often used to impart functionality into the surface. More recently, deterministic patterning is being used to critically control the function of a surface. This deterministic method is the way the process of evolution has led to the creation of various functional surfaces – oft-cited examples are the lotus leaf, shark skin or eye of a fly.
While the global economic crisis has dampened short term investment plans, organizations are planning rapid expansion in research & development in the next few years. Rapid development of cutting-edge technology has constantly pushed the envelope in terms of innovation in the semiconductor industry. Semiconductor and electronic manufacturing industries have successfully transitioned to smaller-sized products of greater efficiency to address the futuristic demand of consumers.
Arden Precision, a Solihull-based specialist in the manufacture of aerospace components, has purchased a Smartscope CNC800 multi-sensor shop floor measuring system from OGP UK. The new machine has cut cycle times for certain measurement and inspection routines from 2 hours using Arden’s traditional CMM, to a just a few minutes.
In a world of sound-bites and slogans, PLM’s flexibility defies the quick sell – especially now cloud computing has made possible a new affordable, easy-to-use version. However could this be its strength, rather than its weakness? Colin Watson, corporate director of Symetri, believes the solution’s value lies in its flexibility and those implementing the solution will be the ones to define it – in their own terms.
Reima is Northern Europe's leading manufacturer of children’s clothes. In addition to the Reima brand, the company also develops clothes under the brand names Tutta, Lassie and Progress, all of which are guided by the principal that kids should be able to move and play freely, in all conditions and always safely and comfortably.
Surface topology is an important property in many areas of manufacturing, and different applications each demand a defined level of surface roughness. While roughness dictates the interaction between two surfaces, irregularities also hold the potential to form nucleation sites for cracks or corrosion.