Made Smarter, an independent review commissioned by the government and released last year, identified the positioning of the UK with respect to the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Since its release, over the last 12 months it has been impossible to discuss the future of manufacturing without hearing terms like Industry 4.0, the Internet of Things (IoT), Machine Learning or Big Data. The terminology, branding and messaging has come to the fore of the manufacturing conversation. However, the over-arching sentiment that seems to have been established is clear: collect data and use it to improve your manufacturing system. Read more.
This article is being written in the departure lounge of Hamburg Airport, waiting for a flight back to the UK. The third running of 3DMC has drawn to a successful close, and a hundred metrologists are tonight redistributing themselves around the globe to return to their day jobs. Tomorrow will inevitably be spent discussing the event with colleagues, while sifting through newly-acquired business cards to follow up on half-finished conversations.
There are many reasons to attend conferences: a chance to build our networks, to learn about new systems and new applications of metrology, to push forward the academic cutting-edge of the field, or to build an awareness of the products and services that are on offer to the industry. These are just a few of the obvious ones. Read more.
In the latest issue of Composites in Manufacturing magazine, INSPHERE’s Chief Technical Officer, Oliver Martin discusses the importance of ensuring simulation matches reality in cutting-edge composite manufacture and explains why automated systems hold the potential for unique processes that are faster and more accurate.
You can read the full article here.
INSPHERE have a long history of using measurement data to improve both product quality and manufacturing productivity in aerospace and other advanced manufacturing sectors. As a company, we place a strong focus on innovation and making full use of emerging opportunities to help drive a revolution in high-value manufacturing, and to make the promise for Industry 4.0 a reality.
In 2017, the National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme (NATEP) awarded funding to INSPHERE to complete an 18-month project to develop BASELINE, an original concept for a rapid verification system for large machine tools. In a new article, NATEP discusses the developments of the project and the system that will reduce machine verification downtime from five days to as little as one hour. You can read the article here and if you’d like to know a bit more, contact us for further discussion.
The third issue of INSPHERE’s quarterly newsletter is now available here.
This issue features our regular update of what’s been happening at INSPHERE, training dates for the rest of the year and for all of our courses in 2019. We also have our three most recent articles from the team discussing the benefits of workplace training, how to achieve better portable arm measurements, and how to improve your laser tracker processes. There’s also a case study on how INSPHERE have provided support for metrology process development to solve measurement challenges in a research and development facility.
Our next newsletter will be out in the new year and if you haven’t already, you can subscribe to get the next issue delivered straight to your inbox!
Laser trackers are great instruments for accurate measurements over tens of metres. That said - like many metrology instruments - it is easy for “bad” data to be acquired. One of the largest sources of error can be attributed to poor working practices. Poor working practices lead to large variations between operators, and an overall loss in confidence in the measurement system as a whole. Read more…
At the start of the year, we expanded our team of INSPHEROs. Here's an interview with one of our specialist metrology engineers who is also one of our NPL Dimensional Measurement trainers.
Meet INSPHERO, Solomon Kamugasa.
What do you do at INSPHERE?
I am a Metrology Engineer with a varied brief involving service measurements, training delivery, as well as Research and Development (R&D). Read more…
A popular board game in the 1980s famously took, "a minute to learn... a lifetime to master". Portable arms are a deceptively simple metrology system for which the same catchphrase applies. Arms are designed to be highly flexible and easy to use for a wide variety of measurement tasks. However, understanding measurement datasets and how to use them for verification, reverse engineering or any other application can be far more involved than it first appears.
Here are five steps to help provide a sound basis for adopting more robust and effective methods when using portable arms. Read more…
INSPHERE have been working at the Nuclear AMRC with the centre's Soraluce FX12000 horizontal machining platform. We've been running large-scale trials with our current rapid machine tool verification system, BASELiNE.
We have some great people who work at INSPHERE - we fondly call each other INSPHEROs - and to help you get to know them a little better, here's a little interview with one of the team.
Meet INSPHERO and metrology engineer, Jon Sneller.
What do you do at INSPHERE?
I’m a metrology engineer – this means that my time is split between onsite measurement work, reporting and analysis for customers, and research work. Read more…
The current hot topic in engineering is the rise of automation and the importance of equipping the workforce with advanced manufacturing skills to ward off the dangers of robots replacing humans for an ever-increasing range of tasks. But can workplace training courses hope to have any real or lasting impact on staff who have generally had several years of training before starting in their roles?
In an article which you can find here, read Craig Davey's response to this question and for more information on the different courses we offer, visit our training page or the training calendar to see what dates are available for all our upcoming courses.
Our Chief Technical Officer, Oliver Martin reveals how automated, non-contact measurement systems can deliver the big data required to realise the full potential of Industry 4.0 and how HYPERSCAN, a new system created by INSPHERE offers a standard cell configuration for large volume, accurate, non-contact and data-rich measurement.
You can read the full article here.
After the success of the inaugural edition, the second issue of our quarterly newsletter is now available here. The issue features updates on what's been happening at INSPHERE, when the next training dates are for our open courses, and the three most recent articles written by the team that discuss using measurement to improve manufacturing, how to outsource metrology effectively, and why manufacturers will fail if they don't adopt a value-added approach with metrology. There's also an excellent case study on how INSPHERE have partnered with Southampton University Formula Student Team ahead of the IMechE Formula Student UK and the Formula Student East events. Don't forget you can subscribe to the newsletter and get the next issue delivered straight to your inbox.
We're looking forward to hearing what you think about the current issue!
At INSPHERE, we fondly call the members of our team INSPHEROs and we’d like to help you get to know our team better.
Meet Tom Farr, metrology engineer and the very first INSPHERO.
What is your role at INSPHERE?
Leading service measurement jobs and supporting companies in integrating metrology processes into their business. Read more…
Last week, INSPHERE travelled to Munich to visit AUTOMATICA 2018, the Leading Exhibition for Smart Automation and Robotics.
It was great to see both the emerging applications and new manufacturers in the robotic industry, and to also get an idea of the future landscape with respect to integrating varying levels of automation throughout the value chain.
We're looking forward to the exciting future of automation, robotics, and the next Automatica!
In this month's INSPHERE article, Ben Adeline makes a bold statement and discusses how a value-added approach with metrology can help manufacturing industries achieve the greater productivity and quality improvements that they are continuously striving for. You can read the full article here.
For exclusive case studies from our current portfolio of work and to be sure not to miss any of our technical or thought leadership articles, don't forget to sign-up to our quarterly newsletter - the second edition is out in a few weeks!
Formula Student (FS) is an educational engineering competition undertaken by undergraduate students that aims to develop world-class enterprising and innovative engineers.
Drawing on our practical expertise and past industrial experiences in motorsport, INSPHERE have been with the Southampton University Formula Student Team this week providing the metrology for a full car assessment, helping to propel the team into their events knowing more about the manufacture and assembly of their car.
We wish them the best of luck for the competition!
Outsourcing metrology functions in an organisation can initially appear expensive, but with a selective approach it can be a highly effective way to adopt new opportunities to drive efficiency gains in manufacturing.
In this month's article by INSPHERE, Chief Operating Officer Craig Davey discusses why you might outsource your metrology and how to develop an effective strategy to do so. You can read the full article here.
For exclusive case studies from our current portfolio of work and to be sure not to miss any of our technical or thought leadership articles, sign-up to our quarterly newsletter - the second edition is out in July!