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Test & measurement


Without a shadow of a doubt...


When military vehicle manufacturers develop new tactical vehicle concepts, consistency and quality is crucial. Lee Dixon, quality manager at military steering system supplier Pailton Engineering, reveals the quality control machinery used in the manufacture of military vehicle steering parts


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Drop arms manufactured by Pailton Engineering


mbedded technology is transforming military vehicles into data-packed and self-


sufficient hubs of intelligence. But, technology is also changing the way these vehicles are manufactured, enabling more efficient output of high-volume military vehicle orders. Not only is the industry making a higher volume of military vehicles, the quality of such vehicles is also improving, thanks to the latest quality control machinery.


That said, embedding high-end technology on top of poor hardware is the equivalent of giving a broken robot a top-of-the-range gripper. In the age of new technologies, vehicle designers need to build from the ground up. Using testing procedures, these manufacturers can ensure high-quality hardware as the starting point to their vehicles.


ShaDoWgraPhS One of the more traditional non contact inspection systems is the


shadowgraph. While the technology may have been around for a long time, this equipment has advanced and digitalised and modern versions have improved accuracy on dimensions. Pailton’s image Dimension


Measurement Device is designed to help drastically reduce inspection times compared to conventional shadowgraphs. Up to 100 simultaneous measurements can be performed in seconds on a wide range of precision parts to a repeatability of +/-0.1 microns. Built-in data management and programming interfaces enable the creation of custom inspection reports and measurement data quickly and easily.


TESa-SCaN The TESA-SCAN is a swiss made metrological machine. At Pailton Engineering, they are used to check the dimensions of turned parts. It replaces the use of conventional manual inspection equipment such as callipers or micrometers. The TESA-SCAN incorporates high


resolution CCD linear sensors that combine lines of thousands of pixels. As the part profile is projected, these sensors, which are capable of detecting the slightest changes at pixel level, act as a light sensitive measuring device. The operator can simply place a standardised part into the machine, and the machine will automatically measure the part geometry against pre- determined specifications and


22 November 2018 Instrumentation Monthly


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