21 June 2019
Silverstone Park’s Metrology Facility has received its latest state-of-the-art piece of measuring equipment as it celebrates its third birthday.
The facility, a collaboration between estate developer MEPC and Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, opened in July 2016. It is unique as the UK’s only dedicated sub-contract inspection facility.
Its machines can measure tech componentry to within a micron – or 1000th of a millimetre; this can be in sectors such as aerospace, automotive, defence, marine, medical devices, motorsport and robotics.
One of its priorities is supporting smaller tech companies by providing them with access to otherwise inaccessible cutting edge precision equipment.
In a blog on the silverstone-park.com website, HMI’s Claire Waterson explained that the facility will “never be the finished article”.
“It is and always will be an on-going project because of the advancements in metrology hardware and software; we always want it to be the leading technology here for the business community,” wrote Claire.
The latest piece of equipment to add to the facility is a HP-L-5.8 fixed-line blue
laser scanning sensor that improves accuracy across very dark and/or shiny surfaces. It also overcomes restrictive workpiece accessibility by creating ‘point clouds’.