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An OGP MVP 250 non-contact, video-based measuring machine has helped a Scottish engineering company to become the first in the UK to earn accreditation for calibrating industrial sieves.

Glenammer Engineering, based in Ayr, undertook a lengthy process to identify a suitable system, which could secure approval from the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).

Managing director Allen Matthews wanted to find a faster, more cost-effective and accurate alternative to the conventional method of using a shadowgraph for calibrating Glenammer’s range of stainless steel sieves.

Glenammer, now in its 11th year, employ nine staff and have an annual turnover of around GBP500,000.

It manufactures sieves, ranging from 20 micron up to 125mm, primarily for the civil engineering industry, but also other sectors such as pharmaceutical and food processing.

‘We spent up to nine months looking at many different options and kept being told by various companies that it was not possible to provide a solution to our brief,’ said Allen.

‘However, when we contacted OGP, they very quickly identified the MVP 250 as the ideal machine for us.’ Glenammer worked closely with UKAS as it was also a unique approval process for the organisation, which needed to be assured that the OGP machine would meet rigorous criteria.

‘We went to great lengths to satisfy ourselves and UKAS that our measurements were not affected by factors such as ambient room temperature and the lighting levels used on the system,’ added Allen.

Since the OGP machine has been in operation, the company is able to rapidly calibrate a variety of sieve sizes, checking the width of holes and the thickness of plate.

‘The OGP machine is extremely easy to use and I have been impressed with the level of customer service and technical support from OGP,’ said Allen.

OGP’s MVP 250 benchtop system is equipped with a zoom lens and series of Smartring LED lights for the detection of feature size, position and form.

Its software provides an operator interface, while the digital camera records high-contrast colour images for both measurement and visual defect analysis purposes.

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