Folwer Baty Venture XT Meets Critical Tolerance and High-Volume Measurement Requirements

One of the largest challenges facing Williams Aerospace Engineering was the sheer amount of time it took to measure components and collate all the data for customers. One of their customers with particularly high measurement requirements, would take up to 2 days measuring the positions of 2 holes on a batch of 100 cover plates, while also adding time for data entry to meet the customers’ requirements.

Since the investment in the Fowler Baty Venture XT CNC Vision System, this measurement process can now be completed in just 2 hours, which is a massive increase in measurement efficiency. The inspection team at Williams Aerospace Engineering can load the fixture onto the machine, insert a part, recall the program and teach the datum position, completing the batch of the same 100 parts within hours not days!


Consistent and Repeatable Measurement with the Fowler Baty Vision System

David Fripp, Managing Director at Williams Aerospace Engineering said: “The Fowler Baty Venture XT helps to ensure our product quality by giving us a more consistent and repeatable measurement method. Once a program is written, the Venture is far more accurate than our older more manual CMM, which is reliant on the points taken by the operator moving the probe by hand, rather than the CNC control on the Baty system. It is quite easy to use, and the camera resolution is far more accurate than a standard projector using surface illumination.”

Williams Aerospace Engineering uses the vision system for measuring lengths, radii, rads and angles.


Performing In-Process Inspections

David continues: “The Venture gives us the flexibility to measure countersink diameters whilst measuring hole positions on the same part. Due to the camera’s focal length, it is also possible to focus on counterbores or countersinks that are located within a bore and take measurements, rather than take a mold and use a standard projector. We’re very much looking forward to seeing how much more we can achieve with this piece of equipment in the future.”

Components machined by Williams Aerospace Engineering are used in some of the most extreme environments, including Aerospace, Defense, Medical, Automotive and Manufacturing channels.

Incorporated as City Tool & Gauge in 1935, and now known as Williams & Co (Southampton) Ltd, Williams has been at the cutting edge of engineering ever since. The business also offers full inspection capabilities to check surface profile, such as Roundness, Cylindricity, and Concentricity, which are fully calibrated to ACAS Standards.

Fowler High Precision is the distributor of Baty Venture XT in North and South America.  Fowler products can be purchased at most Industrial Safety distributors or directly by calling 1-800-788-2353.