Slyvac Scan 52 Optical Inspection Systems Improved Productivity at Technoset

UK based precision engineering company Technoset has invested in a Sylvac Scan 52 machine from Bowers Group for the measurement of components on the shop floor. The Sylvac Scan 52 enables Technoset to automate measurement processes and save data electronically, saving huge amounts of time whilst delivery fast, accurate results.

Established in 1978 Technoset is part of the Techno Group and specialises in the precision machining of components from high performance materials using multi axis turning and milling machining centres. Technoset holds ISO9001 and AS9100 certifications. The company primarily serves the aerospace market, with 65% of business coming from aerospace and the remainder made up of automotive, laser, fibre optics and other high end technologies. Typical aerospace components manufactured at Technoset include engine parts, actuators, fuel systems and fire detection system components.

Measuring Complex Geometries and Tight Tolerances

Technoset machines a variety of materials and a wide range of different parts, many of which have complex geometries and tight tolerances. The various features and characteristics of some parts are very difficult to measure traditionally, making manual measurement of parts not only labour intensive, but also time-consuming.

First Article Inspection Reports are routinely issued to customers, which contain a full dimensional report. These can be very time-consuming to compile when every feature has to be measured and recorded manually. Technoset was keen to reduce the company’s reliance on manual measurement and the traditional method of measuring parts, especially on the shop floor. As an aerospace approved business, high levels of traceability are critical. Every time a manual measurement was made, members of staff were required to record the results on a process check sheet, which was very time-consuming and also carried the risk of potential errors.

In addition traditionally, only conforming measurements are recorded when the process is carried out manually. This creates a problem when carrying out root-cause analysis evaluations because the process check sheets do not contain any out-of-tolerance readings.

Low Volume, Highly Sophisticated Components

In recent years, Technoset has consciously moved to lower volume, highly sophisticated products requiring more economical and accurate methods of measurement. As part of its development, Technoset has invested heavily in the very latest machine tools and inspection equipment. The missing piece of the puzzle was the latest inspection technology for the shop floor environment. Technoset were seeking an accurate and convenient method of measurement that would be fit for the production department.

Fast and Precise Horizontal Optical Measurement Device

After essential research, Bowers Group, who supplied Technoset with the Sylvac Scan 52, a fast and precise horizontal optical measurement device specially designed for the workshop measurement of cylindrical parts close to the machine tool. Suitable for first-off part, in-process inspection including Statistical Process Control, sampling, and 100% inspection, the Scan 52 allows Technoset to measure components in the same location as they are machined.

60 – 70% of the components manufactured at Technoset can be measured using the Scan 52. The Scan 52 takes minutes to program, after which full dimensional reports can be generated at the push of a button and automatically saved to the server. Paper documentation is no longer needed, and manual input of data not required. The machine collects conforming and non-conforming data allowing Technoset to set and optimise jobs, and receive dimensional feedback as a job is progressing. It also makes the generation of First Article Inspection Reports quick, simple and efficient.

The Scan 52 also assists in the monitoring tool wear. Periodic tool measurement enables Technoset to optimise the life of its tools, allowing operators to change the tip of the tool before the wear affects the finished component, therefore reducing waste and producing less scrap.

Technoset Managing Director Kevan Kane said: “We are extremely proactive with regard to continuous improvement, and always strive to be at the forefront of the latest technology. Investing in this technology is key to keeping up in the industry, and we actively encourage innovation and forward thinking here at Technoset. We are under immense performance and cost pressures in terms of delivery and quality, and it is imperative that we keep ourselves competitive to overseas markets. Taking time to measure parts manually inevitably hits your bottom line, therefore investing in this type of equipment becomes a must in order to compete.”

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