Hull-based subcontractor Helix Precision Machining has recently invested in a Zenith 3 CMM from Aberlink, as company director Lee Sansam explains: “To help prevent non-conformance situations and rework, we apply a company-wide, ‘right-first-time’, total quality approach to all of our processes, and make regular strategic investments in the best-available inspection aids.”
Taking the opportunity to compare the merits of various machines, Helix Precision agreed that, due to its large capacity, speed of operation and accuracy requirements, the Zenith 3 from Aberlink was the CMM of choice for the company’s future needs.
“It particularly helped that Aberlink’s intuitive software made the Zenith 3 the easiest to use of the CMMs we considered,” says Lee Sansam. “Furthermore, unlike other brands, Aberlink provide unlimited free software updates, while it was also the least expensive of the machines we looked at.”
Following the CMM’s installation and an Aberlink training course, quality staff at Helix Precision quickly mastered the new CMM’s operating system. To further exploit the Zenith 3’s automatic CNC inspection routines, quality personnel will soon begin writing part programs for repeat work.
“We will then be able to instantly recall the relevant program, load a single large component or multiple smaller parts on to the Zenith 3, then start a fully automatic CNC measuring routine,” says Sansam. “On completion, when required, our new CMM will also generate detailed inspection reports.
“Our Aberlink’s Zenith 3 has already proven to be a great success. Not only has it enabled the rapid, precise measurement of complex components, but has improved our accuracy capability and significantly speeded-up the throughput of work in our busy quality department.”
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