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…
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.
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.
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!
In 1875 on this day, international representatives signed the Metre Convention and so began a worldwide uniformity of measurement. Metrology, the science of measurement, has an impact on all industries. It continues to be fundamental to innovation and manufacturing, and one of the key drivers behind exciting developments in automation, Industry 4.0 and smart manufacturing - all of which INSPHERE are pioneering with our in-house research and innovation schemes.
Happy World Metrology Day from the INSPHERE team!
Last week, INSPHERE spent a couple of days in Stuttgart at CONTROL 2018, International Trade Fair for Quality Assurance. It was a great event and the perfect opportunity for us to meet with our metrology industry contacts and friends, and to start some exciting new relationships as well.
It was great to see such a vast array of metrology on show and interesting to see that compared to the UK, the European industry appears to be much more in tune with the benefits that can be gained through metrology - something we're very passionate about!
In the latest article by INSPHERE's Chief Executive, Ben Adeline discusses three steps to help develop a systematic approach to improving measurement data to add value and improve productivity in manufacturing.
Composites UK hosted their Aerospace Sector Showcase April 19th at the AMRC, and INSPHERE were there to discuss our strategy for intelligent metrology for composites manufacturing with the ATI and other key industry representatives such as Airbus and GKN.
Rob Hewison, Technical Manager at the AMRC commented that "accuracy and ensuring structures meet the design intent will be critical to ensuring the success of advanced composite structures" - a strong argument for metrology as a critical enabler for advanced composite manufacturing.
It was a great event and we look forward to the next showcase.