Developing BASELINE, Rapid Machine Tool Verification at the Nuclear AMRC

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Developing BASELINE, Rapid Machine Tool Verification at the Nuclear AMRC

Over the past 12 months, INSPHERE have been working with the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre at their world-class facilities in Rotherham to develop BASELINE, a new system that can verify large machine tools in less than one hour.

Industry and Innovation at the Nuclear AMRC

The Nuclear AMRC is part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, an alliance of seven leading manufacturing research centres backed by Innovate UK. It is a centre that successfully combines academic innovation with industry expertise to help manufacturers improve capabilities and performance along the supply chain. 

The centre’s Soraluce FX12000 horizontal machining platform, which is capable of working on components up to 12 metres, is the largest of its kind within the UK available for collaborative R&D. INSPHERE have put the Soraluce machine through its paces and conducted a series of large-scale trials to test the BASELINE system and also benchmark its technology against current market offerings.

BASELINE Launch Event at the Nuclear AMRC

On March 21st, INSPHERE will be returning to the Nuclear AMRC to launch the BASELINE system. The event will include technical presentations from INSPHERE, Nuclear AMRC, and equipment provider Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence. There will also be shop floor demonstrations of the BASELINE technology. The event is free to attend but spaces are limited.

Register at inspherebaselinelaunch.eventbrite.co.uk

About BASELINE

BASELINE is a system that reduces machine downtime and material scrap rates. The technology provides full verification of a large machine tool in less than one hour. It facilitates regular checks and provides confidence in performance prior to cutting. The product system supports a move towards adopting Industry 4.0 philosophies on the manufacturing shop floor.

For more information, visit www.insphereltd.com/baseline or contact us to discuss your business requirements for machine tool verification.

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INSPHERE launches BASELINE at Nuclear AMRC

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INSPHERE launches BASELINE at Nuclear AMRC

On March 21st, INSPHERE will be launching a new rapid machine tool verification system at Nuclear AMRC where the company have been working over the past year to test and develop the system on the centre’s largest machining platforms.

BASELINE is a system that reduces machine downtime and material scrap rates. The technology provides full verification of a large machine tool in less than one hour, facilitating regular checks and providing confidence in performance prior to cutting metal. BASELINE supports a move towards adopting Industry 4.0 philosophies. Its development has been made possible with funding from NATEP and access to the world-class facilities at the Nuclear AMRC.

The launch event will include technical presentations from INSPHERE, Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, and Nuclear AMRC. There will also be shop floor demonstrations of the BASELINE technology.

Register your attendance for the event here and for more information about BASELINE, visit www.insphereltd.com/baseline or contact us to speak to one of the team directly.

Early trials of BASELINE on the Soraluce FX1200 horizontal machining platform at the Nuclear AMRC.

Early trials of BASELINE on the Soraluce FX1200 horizontal machining platform at the Nuclear AMRC.

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Training - The Root of a Thriving Manufacturing Industry

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Training - The Root of a Thriving Manufacturing Industry

In the UK, manufacturing is a thriving industry that directly employs 2.6 million people and sectors such as the aerospace industry generate annual revenue in excess of £30 billion, providing excellent careers for well over 100,000 people. Our position as a major world player is founded on a highly-skilled workforce, institutional knowledge and a history of technological advances. Retaining this strong global reputation is essential to economic wellbeing but also continued growth.

However, the world is changing fast. New advances in automation are transforming traditional processes, with industrial robots replacing people in more and more industries. We need to question whether a skilled workforce will be needed in the future. If robots will be making autonomous decisions driven by “big-data”, we can imagine a future with no requirement for human intervention in the manufacturing process, and therefore no need to maintain a strong skills base.

This logic is flawed, of course. It is only through a deep human understanding of manufacturing processes that a shift towards automation is possible at all. The companies and industries that invest in skills and training will be the ones that make the fastest advances in automation. Read more.

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Hello Richard Kingston

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Hello Richard Kingston

Richard Kingston is and INSPHERO who joined early last year. Here’s a little interview to help you get to know him a little better.

What do you do at INSPHERE? 

My job title is Principal Automation Engineer. I have a long history of working with industrial robots and metrology systems, especially when the two are used together. At INSPHERE I do a good variety of work. I spend around half my time working on internal research projects. I also spend one day per week working from Factory 2050 at the AMRC in Sheffield. Read more…

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INSPHERE's quarterly newsletter Issue #4

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INSPHERE's quarterly newsletter Issue #4

The fourth issue of INSPHERE’s quarterly newsletter is now available here!

This issue features updates on what’s been happening at INSPHERE including the announcement of our Industry Demo day, March 21st at the Nuclear AMRC in Sheffield for the launch of BASELINE, our rapid machine tool verification system. It also includes our three most recent articles that discuss manufacturing conferences, how manufacturing can be ‘made smarter’ with metrology, and the first in a new series of articles on Industry 4.0. There’s also a case study on how innovation can be achieved with collaborative partnerships.

Metrology is increasingly being recognised for its role as a key enabler of Industry 4.0 in data driven manufacturing and industrial digitalisation. 2019 is an exciting year for INSPHERE with a number of solutions coming to market. To make sure you don’t miss anything, follow us on LinkedIn for regular updates and if you aren’t already, you can get our newsletter delivered straight to your inbox by subscribing here.

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Putting the Fourth Industrial Revolution into Context

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Putting the Fourth Industrial Revolution into Context

Industry 4.0, or the Fourth Industrial Revolution, has been discussed a great deal in 2018. At INSPHERE we feel that Industry 4.0 will indeed live up to the current hype, and that metrology data will be the key enabler that delivers truly smart manufacturing and drives productivity to a higher level. 

Can revolutions can be mapped out in advance? Do they truly drive changes or are they just the result of incremental development? These questions are still relevant today – they may help us to take an objective look at whether i4.0 is just marketing jargon or a genuinely transformative event. To help answer these questions in the context of the present day, INSPHERE will be releasing a series of articles over the coming months, looking both backwards through history and forwards into the short and medium-term future. Read more.

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Made Smarter with Metrology

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Made Smarter with Metrology

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.

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Hello Bingru Yang

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Hello Bingru Yang

To help you get to know a little more about all the INSPHEROs, meet Bingru Yang.

What do you do at INSPHERE?

I am a Principal Metrologist at INSPHERE with my main focus on the research and development of novel metrology solutions for high value manufacturing processes. Read more.

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Not Another Manufacturing Conference?

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Not Another Manufacturing Conference?

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.

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Cutting-edge Composite Manufacture

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Cutting-edge Composite Manufacture

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.

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INSPHERE's NATEP-funded BASELINE Project

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INSPHERE's NATEP-funded BASELINE Project

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.

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INSPHERE's quarterly newsletter Issue #3

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INSPHERE's quarterly newsletter Issue #3

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!

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3 Ways to Improve Your Laser Tracker Processes

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3 Ways to Improve Your Laser Tracker Processes

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…

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Hello Solomon Kamugasa

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Hello Solomon Kamugasa

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…

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5 Steps to Better Portable Arm Measurement

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5 Steps to Better Portable Arm Measurement

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…

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INSPHERE working with the Nuclear AMRC

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INSPHERE working with the Nuclear AMRC

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.

You can read about the trials in the Nuclear AMRC newsletter here and don't forget to sign up to INSPHERE's quarterly for company updates, technical articles and more here.

 

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Hello Jon Sneller

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Hello Jon Sneller

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…

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How a Few Days Can Make a Difference - Workplace Measurement Training

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How a Few Days Can Make a Difference - Workplace Measurement Training

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.

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Aerospace Manufacturing magazine features INSPHERE

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Aerospace Manufacturing magazine features INSPHERE

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.

 

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