A critical aspect of new product development is the ability to assess manufacturing quality and to identify and resolve issues as early as possible. Measuring a product's internal and external geometrical features is necessary for quality assessment. In addition, such a measurement has to be quick and accurate whilst providing the ability to measure components from the size of a small screw to as large as a whole car. Post-processing and analysis of the 3D measurement data poses unique challenges for complex parts and the research group works on overcoming these challenges by developing novel methods to address the measurement requirements of next generation products.
"Our partners have found that our facilities can provide them with a real competitive advantage in their businesses."
Mark Williams, PVCIT Principal Investigator
The state-of-the-art metrology facilities at the Centre include a twin column CNC coordinate measuring machine, a 3D laser scanner and an industrial X-ray CT scanner. With considerable industrial and academic knowledge in dimensional management and quality inspection, the team assists West Midlands automotive OEMs and SMEs, to resolve critical and complex issues and to develop new business processes.