Renishaw Component gauging system zeros in on perfect accuracy
UK – Coordinate measuring machines are vital for companies who rely on high accuracy output. But their sensitivity to temperature and large footprint makes compact gauging systems an interesting alternative, especially where 100% part inspection is important.
Started in 1985 by Managing Director, Steve Tickner, UK-based High-Tech Engineering originally supplied machined parts to the motorsport industry. The company has since moved into the aerospace sector with some of its clients including Rolls-Royce and BAE Systems.
Recently, High-Tech won a contract to produce precision milled titanium parts for a large aerospace customer. Due to the nature of the parts, High-Tech was instructed to carry out 100% part inspection. Steve Tickner explains, “We knew from the start that we would need to find an inspection method which could not only meet the cycle time requirements for the part, but would be a cost effective solution for us as well. Relying on the CMM we already had wasn't going to be an option.”
Inspecting complex aerospace parts
Commenting on why High-Tech bought the Renishaw Equator system, Steve says: “Space on our factory floor is at a premium. This meant that a co-ordinate measuring machine (CMM) with a temperature controlled environment was far too big to be practical. The Equator suited the space perfectly as it's a compact machine. The added bonus is the fact it is thermally insensitive and doesn't require any air supply, meaning we didn't need to spend additional time, money and effort putting in another temperature controlled room or extra piping.”