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Etalon Multiline Enables Self-calibrating Machine Tools

Achieving right-first-time manufacturing requires regular calibration and verification of production machinery. On-machine measurement makes this even more important. Achieving rapid, automated and fully traceable calibration of machine tools is a priority for high-value manufacturing. The Etalon Multiline system gives this capability. To carry out a calibration, the machine must only move its spindle or probe…

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NPL Brings Frequency Scanning Interferometry to Large-Scale Manufacturing

Frequency scanning interferometry uses a tunable laser to provide highly accurate distance measurements. It was first developed by researchers at the University of Oxford who were working on the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. The UK’s National Physical Laboratory (NPL) has taken this state of the art technology and developed it into a much more…

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VDA-5: Combining Uncertainty Evaluation with Gage Studies

The VDA-5 standard is a big step forward for the evaluation of industrial measurements. It combines the practicality of gage studies with a rigorous uncertainty evaluation approach. This is definitely heading in the right direction, although the methods it uses can still miss some important sources of uncertainty, as I will show towards the end…

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Developing Automated Assembly & Inspection Technology for Aircraft Structures

A new £8 million research project, led by GKN Aerospace and backed by the UK’s Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), is focusing on developing and demonstrating robotic and digital technologies required for the next generation of aircraft wing manufacturing. Read the full article, published on engineering.com…

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An instrument going from ‘Big Science’ to large-scale manufacturing

Frequency Scanning Interferometry (FSI) was invented to measure movements of the detectors in the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Now a team at the UK’s National Physical Laboratory are developing a practical FSI based instrument for large-scale manufacturing. This may enable the next generation of aircraft with natural laminar flow wings and part-to-part interchangeable assembly. Read…

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Sensitivity Coefficients in Uncertainty Budgets

This article follows on my previous introductions to uncertainty and uncertainty budgets. It goes into more detail about some of the more tricky aspects of uncertainty budgets. I first explain what sensitivity coefficients are and then use examples to show exactly how sensitivity coefficients can be calculated and used within an uncertainty budget. Read the full article published…

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Calculating Your Uncertainty Budget… on engineering.com

This is a detailed article explaining how you can calculate an uncertainty budget. It follows my previous introduction to Metrology and Quality in Manufacturing. My previous article introduced the idea that all measurements have uncertainty. This uncertainty stems from different sources, including repeatability, calibration and the environment. To find the uncertainty of a measurement result, we…

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An Introduction to Metrology and Quality in Manufacturing on engineering.com

In this detailed article, I  introduce the basics of maintaining quality. This involves quality assurance, quality control and metrology. We use quality assurance to gain confidence that quality requirements will be fulfilled. Quality control is used to check that requirements have been fulfilled. This is a subtle difference and, in practice, the terms are sometimes used…

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