Business News Zeiss Industrial Metrology opened a new facility in Wixom, Mi. dedicated to the latest developments for the process chain in car body metrology and automated inspection. “This center helps us illustrate how to make production more efficient in line, in the measuring room, and in-between. This means production and quality can find solutions to problems anytime, from anywhere in the manufacturing facility. Zeiss also showcases solutions for robotic inspection, quality and process data mining, plus measurement planning and off line programming,” states Bob Wasilesky, key account manager for automated inspection at Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology. “This facility provides a one-stop shop for customers to come in and see the full range of Zeiss automated inspection solutions first hand,” said Wasilesky. “The design focuses on learning, with dedicated stations highlighting the interaction of Zeiss technologies in the process chain.” The Zeiss AIBox features a fully enclosed measuring cell, bringing traceable coordinate measuring technology close to production. The Zeiss AIMax digital-optical 3D sensor and AIMax Cloud optical 3D sensor are the new benchmark in robot-based 3D inline metrology for composite and sheet metal processing, welding, and car body construction. For portable 3D metrology, the Zeiss Comet L3D 2 and T-scan offer great f lexibility, a high measuring speed and impressive performance. Customers can see in action and learn about networking inline, at line and offline. Zeiss PiWeb software connects each station, combining measurement data from multiple systems into graphical part stories, SPC charts, quality documents and dashboards. Zeiss engineers at the new facility are available to show the benefits of these technologies, provide consulting, custom programming and specialized training. Exova Group, the global testing, calibration and advisory services provider, acquired Insight NDT Limited (Insight), a South Yorkshire-based nondestructive testing (NDT) and radiographic inspection business. Insight has provided its specialist services to the UK’s industrial NDT sector since 1997. Insight’s reputation is built on consistently providing high quality, high capacity and fast turnaround radiographic inspection services for manufacturers of specialized castings and forgings within the industrials market, as well as providing testing for the nuclear, medical, rail and oil and gas sectors. The business has an experienced team of 20 specialists and achieved revenues of around £2m in 2015. Paul Barry, group managing director, industries, said: “This acquisition significantly enhances our technical expertise and service offering within the NDT market and provides a complementary extension to our specialist testing facilities in the Midlands. The addition of Insight to our portfolio is a clear demonstration of our commitment to continuing to diversify our Oil & Gas and Industrials business and to develop our capabilities in new markets.” Exact Metrology received official AS9100 certification. The Aerospace Standard 9100 includes the requirements for aviation, space and defense organizations. This certification evidences Exact Metrology practices a Quality Management System (QMS) that consistently meets customer expectations. Exact Metrology management has been heavily involved with the QMS process. This starts with the setting of quality policy, quality goals and objectives. Management Review looks at the data from QMS, sees that quality goals are met, sets new ones and strives for continuous improvement. The advantage of this stringent management review is that it provides a basis for reviewing goals and performance against goals that are periodically reviewed. As a result, according to company co-founder Dean Solberg, customer satisfaction has increased because, “…the goals and objectives of the QMS take the customer’s needs into account and the Exact team can react and plan accordingly.” Benefits of implementing AS9100 include well defined and documented procedures to improve the consistency of output, quality is constantly measured, procedures ensure corrective action is taken whenever defects occur, reduced overall cost, appreciably lower defect rates and earlier detection, exposure to new markets and retention/increase of market share in existing sectors, internal operational efficiency and overall better process control and workflow. The company is also ISO9001:2008 certified. This is the only ISO standard that requires certification and is an internationally recognized quality management system that governs the sale and service of 3D non-contact and contact measuring equipment for inspection and reverse engineering in the commercial, aerospace, medical, automotive and industrial sectors. Exact is also certified by ITAR, the International Traffic Arms Regulation. As a result, Exact Metrology has a competitive advantage when attracting and retaining defense business. Prime contractors are obligated to comply with ITAR requirements and these same requirements must be employed by subcontractors. Subcontractors such as Exact Metrology, who demonstrate compliance with ITAR standards, are clearly more desirable resources for prime contractors. Finally, being ITAR certified gives Exact Metrology the opportunity to do business with defense companies overseas, a growing market for the company currently. Exact Metrology also has a Federal Firearms License, giving them the ability to send and receive weapons for quality control and inspection. NDT
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