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Automotive

Driving an automotive revolution

We have decades of experience in helping manufacturers improve their efficiency and performance, bringing new components to market faster than ever before.

We now look forward to the future of alternative fuels and automation technology.

We work throughout the automotive supply chain, with a focus on the development and adoption of new technology and helping manufacturers achieve ever more demanding performance targets. We have particular expertise in controlling the manufacture of powertrains.

Where we specialise

New processes

Developed through our work in motorsport, we enable high levels of accuracy in manufacturing with metals, carbon fibre and specialised alloys. Using our developments in metal 3D printing and Design for Additive Manufacture, we enable creation of components that were previously unfeasible to produce, for example, conformally cooled mould tools for injection moulded parts.

Automation

Closed-loop control of high volume CNC machining processes for drivetrain components.

Efficiency

We drive cost reduction with robust manufacturing controls. These ensure parts are made correctly, first time and that scrap and wastage is reduced without slowing output. This reduces material costs and cycle times per component.

Performance

Our technology is helping manufacturers achieve major performance improvements by working to ever tighter tolerances, especially in the critical area of engines and powertrain.

How can we help you?

Calibration 

Devices and software for accurate machine tool and CMM set-up create a foundation for high quality, repeatable, efficient manufacturing processes.

Tool setting and broken tool detection

Contact and non-contact tool setting systems to detect and adjust to the condition or wear of cutting tools.

On-machine probing 

Machine tool probes ensure that parts are set correctly, check for changes like thermal drift during machining and assure parts meet their specification and design intent.

Gauging 

Our Equator™ gauging system offers precise and rapid gauging of even complex parts, tracking trends in machining and enabling automatic process adjustments to account for changing variables like thermal drift.

Inspection 

Our 5-axis CMM probing systems can measure parts to inspect form and surface finish, ensuring the performance of sealing surfaces and the efficiency of vehicles. They provide rapid data collection for high precision components like engine blocks and cylinder heads.

Position encoders 

Magnetic, interferometric laser and optical position encoders give high accuracy position and motion control over long distances or in tight spaces.

Additive manufacturing 

Metal 3D printing using a range of metal powders to create strong, light components – like lattice work and internal bracing for structures.

Raman spectroscopy 

For checking the material make-up of paints, specialist materials and the quality of surface coatings.

Want to know more about how we could help your business?

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