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).
What did you do before INSPHERE?
I was a Research Fellow at CERN working on the development of a portable coordinate metrology solution with comparable accuracy to high-end CMMs but with the capacity to cope with larger measurement volumes. This was done in the framework of the Compact Linear Collider (CLIC) particle accelerator project.
How would you describe the company culture at INSPHERE?
INSPHERE is quality driven and aims to be the best at what it does. There is a clear understanding that the team is key to this goal - to this end, a talented team with diverse skills and experiences has been assembled.
Can you tell us about a project that you are currently working on?
We are currently working on a project for an aerospace customer to replace a measurement process based on manual hand tools, with a modern semi-automatic solution based on laser trackers. First trials show that the process yields a massive time saving for the customer.
What are the challenges of being a metrology engineer?
Performing measurements in challenging environments - how one adapts to varied and often changing conditions onsite is key to good quality and timely measurements.
What do you think are the habits of successful metrology engineers?
It's important to have a clear understanding of what measurements the customer requires and why they need them. This way, the measurement process can be designed to satisfy these needs and to be right first time.
How do you see the role of metrology evolving in smart manufacturing solutions?
I envisage in-process measurements (and the associated benefits such as waste reduction) becoming more commonplace.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
I enjoy spending time with my young family doing all sorts of activities that get them excited - they love spending time at the beach.
What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?
People have different aspirations - I say, dare to step out of the dream and take action to make it a reality.
What is special about the place you grew up?
I grew up In Uganda - a country that’s gifted by nature - it has incredibly beautiful landscapes and diverse wildlife.