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TandR Precision Engineering is using the MTR 110 hand-held surface finish instrument from Bowers Metrology to ensure that customers receive quality components.

TandR Precision Engineering is a privately-owned company located in Foulridge, Lancashire, which provides a precision machining service to the civil and military aerospace sectors.

Employing over 50 people at its manufacturing site, the company is a member of the aerospace supply chain cluster.

At the centre of TandR Precision Engineering’s business is the CNC machining division, producing prismatic components from its array of five axis and multi-axis mill-turn machines.

TandR guarantees that component quality matches the standard of the company’s international quality approvals, which include ISO9000:2008 and AS9100:2008.

In addition to a applying a rigorous final inspection quality regime, TandR Precision Engineering’s owners ensure that all company employees engaged within production-based activities are responsible for the quality of their own output and are proficient in the use and application of coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) and statistical process control (SPC) techniques.

When faced with the need to find a hand-held surface finish instrument that could be used by all of the company’s production personnel, quality manager, David McQuillam, explored the available alternatives.

Impressed with the accuracy and ease of use of the MTR 110, he purchased the portable surface finish tester from Bowers Metrology.

‘As we are required to take surface finish measurements in both Ra and Rz parameters, across a wide range of materials, the MTR 110 has proved to be the ideal instrument for our needs,’ said McQuillam.

‘The unit’s portable nature makes it ideal for operation throughout our machine shop on both large and small components, while it has also proved invaluable for our final inspection routines.

‘The unit’s backlit LCD display makes all of our surface finish data easy to read and enter into our traceable quality system.’ The MTR 110s are helping to ensure that TandR’s valued customers will continue to receive components of the highest possible quality, said the company.

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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