Bringing in connected metrology

The Digital Manufacturing Centre (DMC) is further expanding its partnership with manufacturing technology leader Renishaw, through the addition of state-of-the-art connected metrology solutions. This new agreement is critical to the DMC’s on-site machining and inspection capabilities, delivered via precision engineering specialist Produmax.

The partnership will see Produmax’s machining and inspection services linked into the DMC’s intelligent, connected process chain. This will be a key element in the realisation of a true ‘digital twin’ and the real-world application of Industry 4.0 principles. Thanks to Renishaw, Produmax’s connected metrology solutions will significantly enhance the DMC’s efficiency and ability to deliver exceptional parts for the most demanding sectors.

Equipped with a new DMG Mori DMU 60 eVo linear 5-axis mill, Produmax will utilise a Renishaw OMP600 high-accuracy optical probe in conjunction with NC-Checker and NC-PerfectPart software from Renishaw associate company, MSP, to ensure machine capability and enable complex part alignment prior to machining. A Siemens controller will then be used to proactively adapt machining processes to the subtle variations in net-shape components made through additive manufacturing.

Headquartered in Silverstone Park, the DMC will realise the disruptive potential of additive and connected manufacturing. Providing serial production parts and technology solutions, the DMC was created by leading engineering company KW Special Projects and made possible through significant investment from theSouth East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP).

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