Metrology solutions provider Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence (HMI) is to build a new state-of-the-art facility at Silverstone Park that could revolutionise the fortunes of the region’s SMEs and start-ups operating in advanced engineering.
Metrology delivers inspection, validation and ultimately quality control of components – predominantly those made of metals, plastics or composites. The new facility will provide measurement services, crucial for the high-performance technology and motorsport (HPT&M) sectors to achieve accuracy and high-performance.
HMI is recognised as one of the best metrology specialists in the world – it works with most of the Formula 1 teams based in the UK, plus automotive manufacturers including Ford, Jaguar Land Rover and Rolls Royce.
Equipment at Silverstone Park will include two Hexagon CMMs (co-ordinate measuring machines), an OPTIV multi-sensor system, a Leica tracker system for large volume measurement and a ROMER articulated scanning arm plus an assortment of other precision instruments and measuring systems.
Companies using the facility will also be able to ‘reverse-engineer’ components already manufactured or trialled back into CAD designs through the likes of contact-probing, cameras and laser-scanning.
Roz Bird, commercial director for Silverstone Park, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be able to announce this news… a metrology facility right at the heart of a region that is so rich in HPT&M activity is just what the industry needs and we want to make this facility accessible to companies whether they are based on site or in the surrounding area.
John Drover, Hexagon’s regional sales manager, commented: “This is a massively exciting project for HMI to be involved in – MEPC has some very ambitious plans for Silverstone Park and we want to be a part of that, looking ahead. It is the perfect location for a facility of this type and we are sure it will prove extremely popular with SMEs and start-ups which don’t have the finances to invest in equipment like this.
“The degree of accuracy to which our systems measure these days is mind-boggling, I suppose – we are talking a sub-micron (ten millionth of a metre), and for any company to come away from this facility with a measurement report to say their product has passed the inspection means that they have the right credibility and peace of mind when taking their prototype to market.”
Caption: Hexagon’s metrology facilities are among the best in the world