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The Second Industrial Revolution: Part Three of 4IR in Context

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The Second Industrial Revolution: Part Three 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. In this part, the focus is on the Second Revolution, also described as the Technological Revolution.

The breakthroughs in big ideas perhaps lost some pace in the mid nineteenth century, but advances in the 1870s have led historians to place the start of the second revolution here, and it describes a period from 1870 to the start of World War One in 1914. It was in this period, spanning the end of the 19th century and the start of the 20th, that ideas around technology and mass production bore fruit, and together brought about a veritable explosion of productivity which quickly transformed the world into the modern industrial age that we all now inhabit. Read more.

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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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How to Automate Your Measurement Processes

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How to Automate Your Measurement Processes

Although robots often steal the limelight when it comes to automation, significant gains can be generated by automating the software aspects of the measurement process.

In a newly released article, Ben Adeline our Chief Executive discusses the benefits of measurement automation that can be achieved through software scripting. However, there are pre-requisites and considerations that will help you decide whether software automation is right for you. These are also worth considering before you approach a specialist such as INSPHERE to help design and implement your measurement automation process.

You can find the full article here and don’t forget to sign-up to our new quarterly newsletter that will contain more exciting technical articles and case studies from our current portfolio of work, coming soon.

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