The term ‘proficiency testing’ is one that every accredited calibration laboratory is quite familiar with. In basic terms it refers to a method of evaluating how well a laboratory is doing a particular calibration with respect to its claimed measurement uncertainty and how it fares with other participants.
As part tolerances tighten, both form and surface finish have a bigger influence on the size and function of the product. And with pressures on manufacturing to be more productive, it is no longer viable for checks of surface or form to be performed on a measuring system in a quality room.
Exova Group plc, the global testing, calibration and advisory services provider, acquired Insight NDT Limited (Insight), a South Yorkshire-based non-destructive testing (NDT) and radiographic inspection business.
Due to the detailed nature of automotive transmission manufacturing and the high cost of errors, vision inspection systems have become the key to ensuring high levels of quality and minimizing warranty costs.
If you’re having problems with thread measurements but the answers you’re getting from your usual sources aren’t solving them, it’s natural that you would try and get some unbiased advice from a specialist.
Interest in 3D printing is remaking the manufacturing landscape. Consulting firm IDC says global spending on 3D printers, both desktop and industrial, hit about $11 billion in 2015 and is forecast to reach $27 billion by 2019.