Engineering Workshop

A series of 30 minute workshops  provided engineers and new users of instruments with an opportunity to find out more about different topics including calibration and laser measurement.

Experts explained how the latest instruments work and the applications they can be used in, and provided attendees with the opportunity to get hands-on with the latest technology and experience practical demonstrations from companies.


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Tuesday 25 September

Wednesday 26 September

09:45

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Using thermal imaging for engineering applications
David Atkins, PASS & John Reynolds, FLIR Systems

Thermal imaging cameras are powerful and non-invasive tools for monitoring and diagnosing the condition of electrical and mechanical installations and are widely used for many R&D projects. With a thermal imaging camera you can identify problems early, allowing them to be documented and corrected before becoming more serious and more costly to repair. 

Visit the PASS Ltd workshop to gain an insight into thermal imaging. Topics covered will include: an introduction to thermal imaging; an overview of the challenges posed by using a thermal imager; taking thermal further than just a checking tool; complementary technologies and practical demonstrations and product overviews.

‘Laser Tracker and Portable CMM Arm’
Jason Edwards, Trescal

Trescal’s engineers can provide the expertise and support for data acquisition of large products including assemblies, fixtures, products and test fixtures. Capturing precise measurements, utilising portable and non-contact metrology equipment and demonstrating metrological traceability to national standards.

Attendees to this workshop can learn a little about: turn-key metrology engineering; non-contact measurement; metrological traceability; reverse engineering; jig assembly and recertification; and general inspection.

11:00

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Non-contact Laser Measurement in Modern Metrology
Aidan Hill and Stuart Randall, Third Dimension

Metrology, once seen as a wasteful extravagance, is now becoming seen as integral to increasing quality, decreasing production time and reducing costs. Modern production is always demanding faster, easier to use methods of measuring, traditional contact methods are time consuming and prone to operator bias. 

Looking at specific applications from automobile manufacture and aerostructure construction to wind turbine fabrication, the workshop will explore the advantages of this handheld laser measurement technology. And, looking beyond handheld applications, describe how the same handheld applications can be migrated to robot-based solutions doing away the operator bias entirely.

11:30

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Gas Analysis Using Tunable Diode Laser (TDL) Technology
Keith Warren, Mettler Toledo

When it comes to process safety for protecting people, assets and the environment, or for process control and monitoring, only the best equipment will do.  This is particularly true for gas measurements in industrial and manufacturing processes.  Faced with a wide range of measurement options, users must carefully select the right technology for each measurement task.  

The latest developments in the field of Tunable Diode Lasers make this technology particularly attractive for achieving efficient and reliable measurement of single gas species.  This workshop will cover the basics of TDL gas measurements, installation and maintenance, and other factors that can influence measurement performance.

13:25

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Non-contact Laser Measurement in Modern Metrology
Aidan Hill and Stuart Randall, Third Dimension

Metrology, once seen as a wasteful extravagance, is now becoming seen as integral to increasing quality, decreasing production time and reducing costs. Modern production is always demanding faster, easier to use methods of measuring, traditional contact methods are time consuming and prone to operator bias. 

Looking at specific applications from automobile manufacture and aerostructure construction to wind turbine fabrication, the workshop will explore the advantages of this handheld laser measurement technology. And, looking beyond handheld applications, describe how the same handheld applications can be migrated to robot-based solutions doing away the operator bias entirely.

‘Environmental noise measurement systems and operation’ session
Craig Storey, Cirrus Environmental

Environmental noise measurement covers a wide range of issues from noisy neighbours to the local factory waking you up at 3am. This talk will look at what environmental noise is, and what the challenges are in finding the correct equipment and systems to undertake the noise measurement you really need. 

This talk will specifically cover: what is environmental noise monitoring?; the challenges associated with the undertaking of environmental noise monitoring; the problems associated with remote monitoring equipment; ensuring data integrity; current and potential solutions to the problems faced by acoustics professionals in this area and the equipment and systems currently available.

15:30

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How hot is your chilli?
Martin Peacock, Zimmer and Peacock

Martin Peacock provides a case study on building a sensing system by testing chilli sauce.