Other Cool Stuff

Other specialist, unique and interesting applications of measurement technology in industrial manufacturing and beyond

Production metrology system to measure mirror segments for the ESO Extremely Large Telescope at Safran Reosc

A custom production metrology system installed at Safran Reosc in Poitiers  allows precision telescope mirror segment evaluation

Aligning and inspecting the world's largest radio telescope

The RATAN-600 (an acronym for the “Academy of Sciences Radio Telescope – 600”) is a radio telescope in Zelenchukskaya, Karachay–Cherkess Republic, Russia. It comprises a 576-metre diameter circle of 895 rectangular radio reflectors and a set of secondary reflectors and receivers, based at an altitude of 970 metres. The RATAN-600 is operated by the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Positional correction of a high-altitude optical telescope

The Large Azimuthal Telescope (BTA) is an optical telescope with a main monolithic mirror diameter of 6 metres, the largest in Eurasia. This reflector-type telescope is installed in the Special Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) in Karachay-Cherkessia (Nizhny Arkhyz village, Zelenchuksky district), at an altitude of 2070 metres.

3D train car inspection in the field

Alstom develops and markets mobility solutions that provide the sustainable foundations for the future of transportation. Alstom’s product portfolio ranges from high-speed trains, metros, monorails and trams to integrated systems, customised services, infrastructure, signalling and digital mobility solutions.

Developing new numerical tools to boost the application of digital twins

The University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland is one of Switzerland’s leading universities of applied sciences and arts. Its broad range of degree programmes, hands-on teaching concept, innovative and applicationoriented research and global network make FHNW a diversified and appealing educational institution, a soughtafter partner to industry and an attractive employer in northwestern Switzerland.

"Learning by doing" with simple and precise tools

The Gorge de Loup (GDL) apprenticeship workshop was created in 1949 on the initiative of Père Neyret, then head of the Boisard Production Schools. This private, non-contractual technical training establishment with free tuition is located in the centre of Lyon and trains young people from the age of 15 in the trades of production mechanics: turning, milling, fitting and numerical control.

Hotel Conversion Makes The News With ALPHACAM

A bespoke traditional joinery company operating at the high end of the woodworking market has recently been involved in a major conversion project, turning the former offices of the Coventry Telegraph  newspaper into a luxury 1970s themed hotel.

Reaching For The Stars With EDGECAM

The UK Astronomy Technology Centre is working on two separate instruments which will teach astronomers far more about the Universe than is known at the moment.

Simulating Assemblies: “Valuable Function” for Nuclear AMRC

Being able to import completed NX assemblies into G-Code simulation software is proving to be a valuable time-saver for the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.

Winning Olympic Medals With Leica Absolute Scanner LAS and LAS-XL

Sailing and canoeing are two of the sports that have given the most Olympic medals to Spain throughout the country’s history. To achieve these sporting successes, great athletes are needed, but also a lot of research to improve the results.

ALPHACAM Ensures GB Kent’s Brush With Success

A company widely recognised as the world’s finest brush manufacturer produces its handles on a custom-built CNC machine tool, which is one of only two in the world, and programmed by ALPHACAM software. 

“Bespoke Kitchen, but not a Bespoke Price.”

Employing a dozen people at their 15,000 square foot workshop and showroom in Lincolnshire, the company generally produces two kitchens a week for end-user consumers, with a number of others for property developers. Having recently invested in CABINET VISION software to complement their ALPHACAM package, they have capacity for designing and manufacturing around 20 a week.

Partnership Adds Muscle To Gym Equipment Production

A partnership between Mazak and the powerful market-leading RADAN CAD/CAM software has slashed the time taken by a gym equipment manufacturer to build a piece of apparatus from two days to half a day.

ALPHACAM Key in Voltomic’s Climb to Success

A company specialising in manufacturing components for climbing walls makes full use of saw blades, end mills, drills and other tools as part of a complex and sophisticated machining process, just a year after investing in their first CNC machine tool and ALPHACAM software.

Lean Manufacturing for BSG with CABINET VISION and ALPHACAM

An award-winning Irish furniture manufacturer producing quality, bespoke joinery, kitchens and furniture for high end office fitouts, says introducing CABINET VISION and ALPHACAM into their company, completely changed their business model.

CABINET VISION Software Gives Stylecraft More Time for Customers

An Irish kitchen and bedroom specialist has dramatically reduced its manufacturing time and enhanced customer service by combining its traditional cabinet making skills with CABINET VISION software from Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division. 

Updating ALPHACAM Slashes Machine Set-Ups

A Swiss company serving the microtechnology industry, including Swiss watchmakers, has improved production by updating its ALPHACAM CAD/CAM software.

Coming Together for Greater Accuracy

Scanditronix Magnet AB in Vislanda, Sweden produces specialised coils and magnets with the highest accuracy and reliability. In the company’s large modern premises, approximately 30 employees develop and manufacture electromagnets for particle accelerators. 

Visualise This! Design and Inspection Go Hand-in-Hand

Visual thinkers have always stoked the flames of invention. John Pawloski of Jewelers Machinists Co. Inc. (North Babylon, NY) comes from a long line of illustrious inventors.  A distant grandfather was issued the 80thpatent in the United States signed by President Andrew Jackson (see patent).

Phased by Complexity and Deadlines? Not With Cabinet Vision and Alphacam

BA Haxby (Barnsley) Ltd focuses on bespoke shopfitting contracts, and some heritage work such as sliding sash windows.  Alphacam Advanced Router had a major impact on a heritage job – reducing work that would otherwise have taken them around 50 hours, down to just 16 hours. 

Sensor Solutions for Increased Measuring Accuracy and Flexibility

BSH Hausgeräte GmbH is one of the world’s leading companies in the home appliances sector. The company’s aim is to improve the quality of life and the consumer is at the center of all of BSH’s developments. In user experience labs set up specifically for this purpose, BSH repeatedly puts prototypes - in all phases of development - and finished products through their paces in real-life conditions.

Volume Optimized Cutting and Polishing of Uncut "Rough" Gemstones

Cutting and polishing gemstones – a craft involving profound knowledge and a long standing tradition of turning precious raw material into unique pieces of jewelry. Using a modern three-dimensional scanning technology now allows for a much improved utilization of the raw gemstone to become the perfectly cut and polished precious stone. 

The New Life of an Old Radiator Mascot

Ford, Rolls Royce, Daimler and Benz – only a small selection of the illustrious names of the early beginnings of automotive manufacturing. Nowadays, car enthusiasts all over the world lovingly maintain and restore the few remaining classic cars, some of which are over 100 years old. Preserving the roadworthiness of these valuable antique cars however comes with a catch: Over the past years, it has become increasingly difficult to meet the demand for original fully functional spare parts.

Bespoke Macros For Alphacam Streamline Processes For Tech Savvy David Salisbury

The UK’s leading manufacturer of high quality orangeries has developed a unique approach to using Alphacam. It creates specialist macros to populate vital manufacturing information in the software.  

Alphacam Toolpaths Cut Intricate Designs On 8-Metre Viking Pillars

A woodworking company wasn’t phased when an intricate eight-metre part was too big for its machine tool – it simply built a door in the side of the machining centre and supported the piece outside by mounting it on a cradle.

Battersea Arts Centre Project Prompts CNC And Software Investment

Winning a major contract for a series of intricate acoustic panels covering a 60-metre-long ceiling prompted a joinery company to invest in CNC machine tools and Alphacam CAD/CAM software to program them.

Portable Measuring Arm Helps Krayer GmbH Comply With ISO9001 Standards

The picturesque Lake Constance, located near the rim of the Alpine region of Germany, Austria and Switzerland, is home to Krayer GmbH, a middle-sized company of about 50 employees specializing in the production of 3D forming parts. The company has a rich history, dating back to 1884, when Franz-Joseph Krayer founded a modest fabrication shop in the lakeside town of Langenargen. The business has weathered two world wars and the turbulent hyper-inflation times in-between, only to see its pressing equipment completely confiscated by the allied occupying forces right after the end of WWII. However, the company rose from the ashes and expanded, quickly making up the losses.

Cabinet Vision “Costs Money, But Saves A Lot More,” Says Bespoke Carcass Pioneer

A company which pioneered both bespoke carcasses and nesting in the Irish Republic says the Cabinet Vision software which designs their products and drives their two CNC nesters, beam saw and boring machine, means they can produce exactly what customers want, and it saves on waste.

Edgecam Makes Food Industry Scrolling Kits A Piece Of Cake

A long-established Newbury-based engineering subcontractor has invested in a DMC machining centre and Edgecam software in order to win long-term new business from a food company. Engineering Solutions & Supply Ltd were asked to manufacture complete kits of tooling to ensure that glass jars were in the right position at the right time on a conveyor system, to be filled with food products. It included feed scrolls and the associated base plates, base clamps, star heels and centre guides.

Under high pressure Stein-Moser Adjusts Waterjet Cutting System Using Laser Tracker

Quality is everything at waterjet cutting machine manufacturer Stein-Moser. Therefore a highly efficient Leica Absolute Tracker is used during the assembly and checking of the machines.

The ROMER Absolute Arm Measuring Device Ensures the Highest Quality of Modern Trams

Solaris - an ambassador of the Polish industry and its unquestionable symbol, a pioneer in its industry, currently recognised by millions of Poles who use public transport services, the manufacturer of state-of-the-art buses and trolleybuses, quite recently also invested in the manufacturing of trams. Solaris buses are known not only in Poland, but also in 24 European countries and in the United Arab Emirates. The Solaris logo, a green dachshund, represents the key features of their products: length, low floor and environmentally friendly characteristics. The ROMER Absolute Arm, a measuring machine from Hexagon Metrology, guarantees the highest quality of Solaris tram components.

Cabinet Vision Adapted For Revolutionary New Material

Cabinet Vision engineers have set up a customised program to manage an innovative manufacturing process for waterproof and bacteria-proof cabinets produced out of a specially developed unique material.

Retro But Fit

How can existing machines be kept up to current standards against the background of increasing quality assurance requirements? The solution is a retrofit. Thöni Manufacturing GmbH shows you how. Almost two decades old, its coordinate measuring machine recently made the grade on an improvement course thanks to a modernisation package from Hexagon Metrology.

Lifelong Absolute Accuracy For Industrial Robots

High speed tracking is one of the most stringent requirements for robot control, machine guidance and Metrology Assisted Assembly. Robot calibration, accuracy improvement of drilling machines or automation of wingto-body assembly are just some examples of machine control applications of Leica Laser Trackers.

3D Coordinate Measuring Machines ensure the form of bathroom taps

In Turkey they relax in a hammam. The Japanese freshen up in an ofuro. In lifestyle magazines it is increasingly considered as an individual wellness oasis - we are of course talking about the bathroom.

Automated Inspection for the Commuters Choice in Personal Transport

Owners of Brompton’s don’t just own a bicycle; they own a product which through its designs and innovations is built to last. The ability to fold the bike into a compact unit which can easily be taken on public transport is the fundamental element of its design. With their commitment to excellence and the high quality expected by its customers the company has decided that now is the right time to invest in twenty first century measurement equipment in the form of a DEA GLOBAL Performance coordinate measuring machine (CMM).

Burr-Free, First Time

Company Vorwerk check mould inserts and slides while still clamped on the machine tool using m&h’s touch probes and 3D Form Inspect software. A mould manufactured this way, with two sets of ten slides, was burr-free first time and released for volume production after the very first sample.

Economical Quality for All

By implementing a server licence for their m&h measuring software, Geberit has standardised the software of three plants in two countries. This has made the same functions available to all the people involved. The objective was to harmonise manufacturing equipment throughout all plants, make better use of licences within the group and reduce upkeep and maintenance expenses.

High-precision inspection for the European Extremely Large Telescope E-ELT

The race is on for who will manufacture 1,000 mirrors for the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT). Cranfield University in the UK has begun work on producing seven of the mirror segments for ‘the world’s biggest eye on the sky’ with the aid of high accuracy measurement systems from Hexagon Metrology. Built by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) the E-ELT, a ground-based telescope, will be 42m in diameter and made up of 1,000 hexagonal segments, each 1.5m wide and just 5cm thick. The E-ELT is four to five times larger and will gather 15 times more light than the largest optical telescopes operating today.

Maintenance Of Industrial Machine Installations

From the original and pioneering LTD-500 up to the modern and compact AT 401 Laser Trackers of Hexagon Metrology, allied to the great experience in advanced three dimensional measurements acquired throughout 14 years of history, Tecnimex do Brasil has become one of the major references in providing portable three dimensional metrology services in Latin America.

National Measurement Institute and Britain's Largest Applied Physics Organisation

Established at the turn of the twentieth century, the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) has been at the forefront of some of the world’s most important scientific breakthroughs including the development of radar and the automatic computer engine. Distinguished scientists such as Louis Essen, the inventor of the atomic clock, and Alan Turing, the computer science pioneer and Enigma machine codebreaker, spent parts of their careers working on projects at the NPL.

Cabinet Vision Slashes Cutting List Working Time by 20 Weeks a Year

A kitchen company says investing in Cabinet Vision has slashed the working time needed to produce its cut lists by around 20 weeks a year.

Alphacam Slashes Allwood Architectural Joinery’s Manufacturing Process for CNC, From a Day to an Hour

“Alphacam is one of our energisers – it’s definitely helped us get where we are today.”

Cabinet Vision – From Start To Finish For Draks

Using Cabinet Vision as their sole CAD/CAM solution, home interior manufacturer Draks Interior Door Systems Ltd have been able to take jobs from design to finish in one single system, allowing a quick and smooth internal process. 

Alphacam Programs UK’s Only Pro Evolution 5-Axis Twin Head Machine for ercol

After taking their first steps in 5-axis machining, a high-end, top quality furniture manufacturer quickly realised it was their best way forward, and also invested in a machine with two 5-axis heads, which is the first one of its kind in the UK.

Cabinet Vision And Alphacam: The “Backbone” Of Andrew Ryan Furniture

Originally focusing on high end kitchens, the company has diversified into full house fit-outs with drawing rooms, studies, libraries, bedrooms and dressing rooms. Operating out of a prestigious showroom and 25,000 square foot manufacturing plant in Wexford, Ireland, they also have a smaller showroom at Monaco in the South of France. 

Radan Macro Adds Shine To Commercial Kitchen Specialists

A bespoke Radan macro, written specially for a commercial kitchen manufacturer, has overcome a major design issue by completely revolutionising their project nesting.

Unravelling The Mysteries Of The Universe With WorkNC

Mechanical components produced with WorkNC are used by a research organisation in Switzerland to study the structure of the universe.

Dominic Ash Ltd Look To The Future With Cabinet Vision

A “brilliant and very clever tool” is how Dominic Ash, Owner of Dominic Ash Ltd., describes Cabinet Vision, as the business looks to the future with new Draughtsman, Ed Muir.

Alphacam “Provides The Line Of Least Resistance” For Solid Timber Specialist, Woodbase Joiners

The combination of Alphacam’s parametric function and its ability to drive 5-axis routers is the way forward for a company focusing on high end solid timber joinery.

Trifibre’s “Jigsaw” Nests In Alphacam Aid Bottom Line

It was an open and shut case when Leicester-based Trifibre were looking for CAD/CAM software to drive their new CNC router. They chose Alphacam. And now, around five years later, it programs their Biesse Rover, a Morbidelli, and their original small Pacer.

Cabinet Vision Nesting And Labelling Helps Double Crown Output In Six Months

“Cabinet Vision’s nesting function is as important to us as the electricity supply in our workshop.” Those are the words of Jake Gregory, Business Development Manager at Burnley-based Crown Cabinets Ltd.

Alphacam Macros Provide A Step Up For Stairplan

Purpose-written macros in Alphacam software have slashed programming time of bespoke projects from a day down to an hour, for a staircase specialist.    

Joinery Company Finds Horizontal Routing Niche With Alphacam

A joinery company has developed a specialist subcontract horizontal routing service on doors and door linings for property developers, architects and builders.

Measurement and Assembly of Two Large Telescopes in the Arctic Circle

The advanced technology of Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence is playing a vital role in an ambitious and innovative project being completed in northern Norway. Asturfeito, a Hexagon customer in Spain for over five years, leads the project, which involves the installation of two large 13.5-metre diameter radio telescopes that will observe the universe around us from an isolated location within the Arctic Circle. The measurement and later assembly for this project has utilised the advanced technology of a Leica Absolute Tracker AT402.

Matthew Marsden's Error-Free and Speedy Process with Cabinet Vision

“Cabinet Vision speeds up our process and has completely eliminated errors from it.”

Those are the words of Matthew Marsden, whose company, Matthew Marsden Furniture, only began using the software in 2016, and quickly became advanced users at a high level. 


Portable Metrology Helps Ensure Safety and Fairness at the Tour de France

Rapid, Accurate Frame Validation Made Possible with ROMER Bike Measurement System.

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