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Bowers Metrology has supplied the Gagemaker instrument to X:Cel Superturn to help maintain quality standards of X:Cel’s rings, gaskets and seals.

X:Cel Superturn specialises in the production of precision machined components and specialised joints and gaskets.

Although serving customers in the power generation, aerospace and construction sectors, the company’s output is predominantly destined for the petrochemical industry.

X:Cel Superturn produces components for down-hole drilling as well as surface and subsea applications.

After purchasing X:Cel in 2007, Sheffield Superturn continued to establish the global supply chain.

Wayne Adcock, X:Cel Superturn’s quality manager, said: ‘As failure in the field of any of our joint and gaskets could have catastrophic financial and environmental implications, we undertake the most rigorous quality control checks, both throughout the manufacturing cycle of our components and at the final inspection stage.

‘To help enable X:Cel Superturn to uphold our reputation, we frequently invest in quality control equipment.

‘Having recently identified a need for a flexible, yet accurate, diameter measuring gauge that could be used on components located on our machine tools, we requested a demonstration of the Gagemaker Groove Diameter and Groove Width gauges from Bowers Metrology,’ he added.

Bowers Metrology stocks a wide range of Gagemaker equipment.

Gagemaker’s Groove Diameter/Width gauges are able to accommodate diameters from 2.6in to 13in and groove widths from 0.34in to 1.5in.

Optional rails extend the range of diameter measurements from 13in to 36in.

The face groove gauges accurately measure the ring groove diameter and width at the critical sealing point of the face groove, while the gauge indicators display actual deviation from a preset master dimension.

The Gagemaker BX-1000 can be used for a range of applications, including the measurement of straight or tapered groove diameters, shallow bores and hole locations.

Now in regular use, X:Cel Superturn’s large diameter gauges are helping to maintain the standards of its rings, gaskets and seals.

‘The Gagemaker instrument has taken away a potential bottleneck from our large capacity CMM and is being used both in process, with the measured component still located in the machine tool, and for final component inspection,’ said Adcock.

The Bowers Metrology Group specialises in delivering a full and comprehensive range of precision measuring systemss to some of the most competitive and demanding shop-floor environments. Over the years, Bowers has proven its success with rapid, sustained growth and now prides itself on being the world’s leading bore gauge manufacturer in terms of both production volume and breadth of product range. 

Already working in some of the most challenging industries such as oil and gas, defence, aerospace and automotive, the Bowers Metrology Group delivers cost-effective solutions to the most testing measurement problems, further strengthening its reputation for the superior quality, accuracy and usability of its precision measuring equipment. Striving for excellence in both the comprehensive range of products supplied and the many services offered to its customers, the Group’s aim is to build on this hard-won reputation and continue to exceed customers’ expectations.

As a member of the Bowers Metrology Group, Bowers UK supplies UK industry with an unrivalled choice of high-quality precision measuring equipment, bespoke system design and laboratory-based UKAS calibration services. Its pre-eminent position in the metrology market allows Bowers UK to provide its customers with a truly complete metrology service. What’s more, customers also benefit from the ‘one stop shop’ nature of the company's centralised sales, service, training and customer support for the complete range of Bowers, Moore & Wright, Baty International and CV Instruments products.

The all-inclusive nature of the Bowers Metrology Group can also be demonstrated by the wide range of superior hardness testers, surface finish and other material testing instruments supplied by CV Instruments.  

Bowers’ vision for the future is clear: to develop its position as a total metrology solutions provider, offering its customers a full range of products and services that are borne from its continued investment in both people and technology. 

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