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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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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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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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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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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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PRESS RELEASE: INSPHERE's invitation to the Treasury

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PRESS RELEASE: INSPHERE's invitation to the Treasury

It was a great day at HM Treasury for our Chief Executive Ben Adeline who was invited to take part in a discussion panel with Rt Hon Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Liz Truss. Ben shared the experiences of INSPHERE as a successful, growing company and his thoughts on economic policy and entrepreneurship for the future of UK advanced manufacturing with senior MPs.

Read the full Press Release here.

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