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A manufacturer of offshore hydraulic distribution equipment has purchased the Zenith Too CMM from Aberlink to help avoid a potential bottleneck within the company’s inspection department.

MSCM’s research and development department has enabled the manufacture of a range of high-precision components that are used within the subsea controls market.

The company’s series of products now includes SCM manifolds, ROV lockdown components, stabplates, gas lift couplings, valves and solenoids.

To help the inspection department, MSCM inspection supervisor, Kevin Fitzpatrick, recently compared the merits of the available large capacity, high-specification CNC coordinate measuring machines.

After investigating the alternatives, and receiving demonstrations from several CMM maufacturers, Fitzpatrick found the answer to his demanding requirements in the Zenith Too CMM from Aberlink.

‘Our Aberlink Zenith Too has a measuring envelope of 1000mm x 1500mm x 800 mm, which makes it suitable not only for our existing components, but ensures that the machine remains future proof when we launch larger products,’ said Fitzpatrick.

‘The speed of the CMM’s automatic inspection routines has substantially reduced inspection times across our product range and has improved the capability of MSCM’s inspection department.

‘Our quality control staff have found the Aberlink Windows-based software simple to use, enabling them to quickly create multiple part-programmes.

‘On the rare occasion that we have needed help, a telephone call to Aberlink’s technical department has provided a rapid answer to our problem.

‘The working environment our products operate within dictate that we carry out 100 per cent inspection on all critical features.

‘As we supply our customers with relevant certification guaranteeing the integrity of our manufactured components, it is extremely useful to us that the Zenith Too is able to generate inspection reports.’ Aberlink’s Zenith Too CMM series consists of 10 machines with XYZ capacities ranging from 1000 x 1000 x 600mm to 1000 x 3000 x 800mm.

The Zenith Too’s accuracy and repeatability figures are aided by the range’s measuring structure being completely independent of the machine’s granite surface table.

Although this Aberlink series is suited to use within controlled inspection environments, it is on the shop floor where the Zenith Too’s low thermal mass and robust characteristics enable the measurement of large components to take place nearer to the manufacturing area.

The hardware of the Zenith Too is complemented by Windows-based software.

A by-product of any Zenith Too CMM inspection routine is that a simultaneous picture of the measured component is created in real time on the operator’s computer screen.

Dimensions between the measured features, mirroring those that appear on the component drawing, are then picked off as required.

In essence Aberlink’s ‘smart’ software represents an intelligent measuring system that is able to automatically recognise and define the various features being measured.

Aberlink supplies a complete Zenith Too turnkey package, including a training programme, a wide choice of motorised or manual probes, Aberlink’s 3D software and the latest generation of custom controllers.

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