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INSPHERE from the Beginning

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INSPHERE from the Beginning

In 2013, INSPHERE co-founders Ben Adeline (CEO) and Ollie Martin (CTO) identified an opportunity to provide a unique blend of metrology and manufacturing expertise to advanced manufacturing companies. INSPHERE was created to deliver value-added metrology solutions to the wider, high value manufacturing community. A few years on, the company has grown dramatically and has a proven track record for integrating metrology into manufacturing processes. Rather than focus on part verification, INSPHERE focuses on using measurement data to improve processes, supporting right-first-time manufacturing.

“We saw a gap in the market to provide the manufacturing industry with metrology expertise and measurement solutions that weren't being provided by traditional equipment vendors” - Ben Adeline, CEO, INSPHERE Ltd.

INSPHERE has been delivering solutions in line with an Industry 4.0 philosophy long before the current buzz of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Metrology is increasingly acknowledged as an important part of advanced engineering and manufacturing; it is now widely recognised as a key enabler for Industry 4.0 and the smart factories of the future.

Despite being an SME, INSPHERE works with the leading organisations across a range of industries including energy, automotive and aerospace. They have achieved great success delivering step changes in profitability and productivity for their clients with a team of ambitious, highly motivated individuals that deliver INSPHERE's best-practice philosophies. The company is now going through a rapid expansion and is recruiting to support its growing portfolio of diverse metrology-related projects and measurement solutions.

Working at INSPHERE

Two years ago, Metrology Engineer Jon Sneller left an aerospace giant to join the company. He describes his role at INSPHERE as demanding but an exciting interface to industry. Jon enjoys the working culture for the team who are given autonomy to develop innovations that will disrupt the current state-of-the-art. 

"Working for INSPHERE has exposed me to a more diverse range of work which has allowed me to broaden my skillset rapidly. It's great to be working with a team that delivers agile, whole product solutions and applying my depth of technical knowledge to solve real-world engineering problems, achieving immediate results for our customers" - Jon Sneller, Metrology Engineer, INSPHERE.

Metrology Engineer, Jon Sneller delivering a live demonstration of the BASELINE system created by INSPHERE at the Nuclear AMRC in March.

Metrology Engineer, Jon Sneller delivering a live demonstration of the BASELINE system created by INSPHERE at the Nuclear AMRC in March.

Although the team are Bristol-based, they work nationally at world-class facilities such as Nuclear AMRC in Sheffield to deliver cutting-edge measurement solutions; this includes a new rapid machine tool verification system, BASELINE which was launched at the centre in March. 

Delivering a New Product Portfolio to Industry

BASELINE is a system that empowers manufacturers to adopt rapid, routine maintenance cycles for large machine tools that are costly to take out of production. The system delivers the possibility of predictive maintenance. Creating the system was a response to a known industry need that only INSPHERE had the unique blend of expertise required to deliver an effective solution.

As demonstrated by BASELINE, INSPHERE is able to apply their extensive experience of metrology technologies to allow measurement data to be generated from manufacturing processes and solve real business needs. Over the next few years, the company are planning to bring a range of products to market that will further drive, control and improve processes and put value-added metrology at the forefront of the industry. It is an exciting time for INSPHERE.

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The First Industrial Revolution: Part Two of 4IR in Context

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The First Industrial Revolution: Part Two of 4IR in Context

In a series of articles, we are taking a look back at the industrial revolutions of the past to glean lessons from history as the Fourth Industrial Revolution gathers pace. Part one released in December introduced the series and in this article, we now look towards the first revolution.

Handmade to Machine-based Manufacturing

The First Industrial Revolution began in Britain in the late 1700s. It was a period of disruptive economic, technological, social and cultural change, and spread quickly to Europe, the USA and beyond during the first half of the next century. 

To say that the world was transformed would be an understatement. The changes in manufacturing, shifting from hand-crafting goods to the use of machines was accompanied by many fundamental new manufacturing techniques and a flourishing of infrastructure and trade. Read more.

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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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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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INSPHERE's quarterly newsletter Issue #2

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INSPHERE's quarterly newsletter Issue #2

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!

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INSPHERE meets the Southampton University Formula Student Team

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INSPHERE meets the Southampton University Formula Student Team

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!

 

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INSPHERE visits MACHINE VISION

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INSPHERE visits MACHINE VISION

Last week, INSPHERE attended the UKIVA Machine Vision Conference and Exhibition in Milton Keynes. It was a good day with some interesting talks on the integration of vision with robots and machine learning. There were also some great systems on show for product inspection.

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Composites in Manufacturing features INSPHERE

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Composites in Manufacturing features INSPHERE

This month, you can read about INSPHERE in an editorial feature in the latest issue of Composites in Manufacturing which you can find here - Chief of Operations, Craig Davey discusses our thoughts on measurement challenges in composites applications and also how to solve them!

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INSPHERE visits CONTROL

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INSPHERE visits CONTROL

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!

 

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