Forty Years of Portable Arm Measurement

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Forty Years of Portable Arm Measurement

In advanced manufacturing settings, portable arms have become a familiar sight, both in inspection areas and shop-floor environments. Their versatility and usefulness have also resulted in their use spreading to a wide variety of settings beyond manufacturing, from clinical measurement in hospitals, to data-archiving of antiquities in museums.

With the passage of 40 years, the range of available arms has proliferated, and specialist arms have developed to improve their suitability for specific applications. Whilst non-contact laser scanning, diverse probing options, wireless connectivity, absolute encoders, and endless software enhancements have transformed the usability of portable arms, their ‘genetic code’ remains remarkably close to that of their early ancestors from the 1980s. Read more.

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INSPHERE receive investment from Foresight Williams

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INSPHERE receive investment from Foresight Williams

INSPHERE are delighted to announce that the company have received £1.5 million investment from the Foresight Williams Technology EIS Fund.

The company’s growing portfolio of measurement solutions and in-process systems will provide cutting-edge, Industry 4.0 technology to enable manufacturing companies to monitor and control the performance of automated manufacturing solutions using metrology-grade systems.

“INSPHERE is showing itself to be a pioneer, delivering much-needed valuable improvements in aerospace, automotive and defence industry production processes by using technology to offer in-process metrology

- Andrew Bloxam, Senior Investment Manager at Foresight.

The investment marks a point of growth for the company that will accelerate disruptive new developments in the field of manufacturing monitoring and control. Click here to see the full press release.

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5 Features in SpatialAnalyzer You May Have Missed

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5 Features in SpatialAnalyzer You May Have Missed

At INSPHERE we provide SpatialAnalyzer training for all levels of expertise, from introductory training for beginners to more tailored, advanced training for specific applications such as how to automate SA by creating and implementing measurement plans.

New versions of SpatialAnalyzer are released around three times a year, and each incarnation has a plethora of new features and functionalities with some better publicised than others. I’m always surprised which features people are – or more likely, aren’t – aware of. Quite often this is because metrology engineers are under time pressures to complete a certain job and are not in a position to experiment with or try out new workflows.  

In this article, I’m going to run through some quick wins that are very simple but can save you a lot of time – here are my top 5 features in SpatialAnalyzer you might have missed. Read more.

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Ubiquitous Monitoring and Control (UMAC)

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Ubiquitous Monitoring and Control (UMAC)

Ubiquitous Monitoring and Control (UMAC) is a fast-track collaborative R&D project funded by the Aerospace Technology Institute and led by INSPHERE.

Along with our partners at the AMRC and the University of Sheffield, the project will deliver innovations that will provide an enhanced level of process monitoring and data analytics for advanced manufacturing ecosystems.

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INSPHERE's Quarterly Newsletter Issue #6

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INSPHERE's Quarterly Newsletter Issue #6

As we reach the second half of the year, it’s an exciting time for our company. We’ve been busy expanding the team, delivering BASELINE orders and proud to be sharing our growing portfolio of metrology solutions across the UK and beyond.

Read the latest news, updates and catch-up on this quarter’s technical articles in the sixth edition of our company newsletter, here!

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Why Industry 4.0 is Already Failing

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Why Industry 4.0 is Already Failing

For the manufacturing sector, each industrial revolution has been driven by significant advances in technology. Whilst we sit on the cusp of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, known as Industry 4.0, the likes of cyber-physical systems, the Internet of Things and robots have been crowned the future of smart factories. But is anyone able to map out the next industrial revolution with any certainty?

In a series of articles, INSPHERE is examining whether revolutions can indeed be mapped out in advance, and whether history and current state-of-the-art can really guide us to predict what prospects lie around the corner – the trouble with predictions is that they can sometimes be wrong. Read more.

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A Paradigm Shift in the Precision of Machine Tools

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A Paradigm Shift in the Precision of Machine Tools

An editorial feature In the latest edition of MTD CNC Magazine is another great review of BASELINE’s inaugural launch at the Nuclear AMRC and describes how INSPHERE’s new product is measuring-up in a big way. Read the full feature here.

“BASELINE from INSPHERE is a paradigm shift in checking and verifying the precision of machine tools” - Rhys Williams, MTD CNC Magazine.

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INSPHERE is a DigiTool Partner

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INSPHERE is a DigiTool Partner

INSPHERE have joined forces with partners from the advanced manufacturing space and formed a consortium to revolutionise the UK’s tool and die sector using 3d printing and Industry 4.0 practices that will deliver low cost, high value remanufacture within the industry. The project, named DigiTool, is part funded by Innovate UK and worth £1.2 million.

The partners involved include the University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC), Toolroom Technology Limited (TTL), Applied Tech Systems (ATS), Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies (HMT) and Kimber Mills International.

Read the full story here.

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Bringing BASELINE Innovation to Market

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Bringing BASELINE Innovation to Market

Back in March, INSPHERE’s inaugural launch of BASELINE took place at the Nuclear AMRC with a practical demonstration of the new and disruptive innovation for rapid machine tool verification.

Download the latest edition of the Nuclear AMRC Newsletter to read about BASELINE’s inaugural launch and don't forget to sign up to INSPHERE's quarterly for our company updates, technical articles and more, here.

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The Rise of the Scanners

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The Rise of the Scanners

Across all fields of metrology, there has been a marked increase in the use of non-contact measuring systems. While contact probing systems are often regarded as the gold standard in terms of accuracy, non-contact systems offer many advantages. Simple and rapid collection of vast datasets are obviously well suited to measuring complex freeform surfaces but can also be helpful with unknown or variable items, or when geometric tolerances need to be evaluated. Read more.

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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. Read more.

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INSPHERE are recruiting!

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INSPHERE are recruiting!

INSPHERE are rapidly expanding and we are pleased to be recruiting for a number of roles that will support the business, our growing portfolio of metrology projects, and the development of metrology technologies.

We are a growing company having doubled in size in the last two years, a rate which is set to continue. We are looking for candidates that have the ambition and proactive approach to help lead this development. Read more.

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Getting More from Your Laser Tracker

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Getting More from Your Laser Tracker

Laser trackers are the obvious choice for large scale inspections that require high accuracy. They are an established, trusted tool for the measurement of components and assemblies that are too big to fit under a CMM. However, laser trackers are often under-utilised within organisations and could be used more effectively, in more applications. In some cases, your laser tracker could allow you to save money and add value to your processes. Read more.

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INSPHERE welcomes Gary Ottley

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INSPHERE welcomes Gary Ottley

Previously the Managing Director for Güdel UK, a multi-million pound automation company providing solutions in advanced manufacturing, Gary joins INSPHERE to lead the sales and marketing. He brings a wealth of business development experience and knowledge of advanced manufacturing industries that will be instrumental in bringing our product portfolio in development to market - we are delighted to welcome Gary to the INSPHERE team!

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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.

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. Read more.

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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. Read more.

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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. 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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