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Machine Tool
16
jan

The automotive chassis-putting it all together

Let’s start with a guessing game. Do you know how many parts the average car contains? Unless you’re an avid automobile enthusiast (or, perhaps, a trivia game devotee) you probably don’t, so here’s the answer: around 30,000 if you count right down to the last nuts and bolts. An engine alone has about 1,800 separate...
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14
des

Manufacturing electronic components – small is beautiful

When it comes vertical industries, arguably few are more visible and familiar to most of us than consumer electronics. Our appetite for such products appears to be endless. As a result the market continues to expand. According to Reports Insights[1], it was valued at USD 740.79 billion in 2022, with a CAGR of 4.62% forecast...
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21
nov

Want great teeth, need great machine tools! That means accurate measurement. Seriously…

As a reader of these blogs, you’ll probably know that in the world of measurement we care a great deal about terms like accuracy and precision. So, you’ll have to forgive the following, unvalidated (and thus somewhat out-of-character) claim. It’s this: no one likes visiting the dentist. Seriously. There’s enough anecdotal evidence to suggest that...
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16
nov

Tolerance

In our recent series, we’ve devoted a blog to explaining and understanding each of the key terms used in measurement technology (terms like true value, accuracy, precision, etc.) In this final instalment, we’ll investigate the term “tolerance”. Unlikely a way as it sounds to start a blog about a key aspect of measurement systems, the...
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07
nov

Medical instruments: the importance of measurement systems

Think of healthcare and the medical industry and three words will likely spring quickly to mind as being of foremost importance: precision, quality, and safety. A fourth term, while perhaps less immediately obvious to the layman, underpins them all: accurate measurement. It applies especially to the production of medical instruments. Stethoscopes; ophthalmoscopes, needles, speculums; most...
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05
okt

The automotive industry – reliant on accuracy in machine tooling

Building cars is a complex process in which the role of machine tooling is central. Let’s take a closer look at how and why that’s the case. Broadly, automotive manufacturing involves seven steps. These are: Obtaining and then working/reworking the raw materials from which the car is madeThe design (body and engineering) of the carThe...
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12
sep

Accuracy and errors

We started this series with a close look at the meanings of traceability and true value. The definition of the latter touched on the concept of “accuracy”, but which nevertheless, as we explained, is not quite the same thing. So now, let’s dig a little deeper into what we mean by accuracy in the context...
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29
aug

What is true value?

What is true value? It is defined as the actual physical weight/length/width or other measurable parameter of a specific object – for example, the length of a piece of string or the weight of a rock[1]. All objects have a true value because all have exact properties that can (in theory) be measured. Thus, when...
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22
aug

Heading for Hannover – meet the team at EMO, 18-23 September

The Conoptica team is heading to Germany, to attend EMO Hannover from 18-23rd September.  It’s the biggest trade fair in the field of industrial production technology, and one of the year’s best opportunities to catch up with the latest trends and developments in the field, particularly important because modernization is driving the industry ahead at...
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10
aug

Traceability – what is it, and why does it matter?

In measurement, traceability is critical because to have any real value, measurement systems must provide results that have traceable accuracy. What does that mean? Measuring up Let’s consider a question: why do we measure things? The correct answer is that we do so because measurements allow us to compare one thing to another: taller or...
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