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Third Dimension announce their recent accreditation to ISO17025 by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS). The accreditation covers gap and flush measurements across the majority of the company’s GapGun Pro and Vectro sensor head range – covering FOV15 and FOV40 laser triangulation products – and is the first ever such accreditation by UKAS.

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The ambitious project to achieve accreditation for the dimensional measurement devices started back in 2016. Each sensor head now undergoes a highly automated calibration and certification process. Full reporting of each measurement taken, as well as statistical summary data and the full traceability chain, are reported on each certificate issued. Others have been impressed with the work done, with Craig Davey, COO at Insphere, commenting:

“Achieving ISO17025 Accreditation for a non-contact dimensional device such as GapGun Pro is incredibly difficult to do – it is a real landmark achievement”

As a critical part of the quality inspection process for many aircraft and automotive manufacturers worldwide, Third Dimension’s GapGun Pro and Vectro feature measurement systems have long been associated with improving production traceability. For two decades, the instantaneous data capture and transmission back to data analysis and SPC software has eliminated transcription errors and provided certainty to managers and customers.

The non-contact device is now widely accepted in aerospace and automotive industries, but that does not mean the company is resting on its laurels. Each GapGun Pro and Vectro sensor head is already supplied with a certified, traceable artefact and a ‘head check’ software tool, to verify performance at the start of a shift, or when moving to a new vehicle or component. Achieving ISO17025 accreditation for Third Dimension’s calibration laboratory adds another level of certainty to the traceability chain, meaning that without a doubt, GapGun Pro provides the highest level of traceability of any handheld feature measurement device on the market.

Francois Froment, Third Dimension’s head of sales, emphasises the importance to the company’s customers of the landmark accreditation: “For most of our customers, unless they can prove the measurement is traceable, there is no point even trying to measure. Knowing that the tool they are using has clearly understood and defined capabilities, and that these have been assured to an international standard is a critical part of that process. Achieving ISO17025 accreditation will give many of our customers the confidence they need to realise the time and cost savings of GapGun Pro and Vectro to new production lines.”

Violet laser sensor heads use the shortest visible wavelength and enhanced software intelligence to lead the way in non-contact precision measurement. 

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Violet laser sensor heads extend the range of materials which can be measured by Third Dimension’s GapGun Pro and Vectro systems. Auto-makers now have a single tool for all inline gap and flush measurements, including light clusters, chrome headlights, tail lights, and all other common automotive surface finishes.

GapGun Pro and Vectro systems replace manual, contact gauges for reliable data quality and traceability.
Francois Froment, Third Dimension’s Head of Sales, reports high levels of early interest in the product: “I have taken the Violet Laser to automotive customers in the UK, Germany, Sweden and Belgium. There has been tremendous interest, with quality managers and production engineers alike seeing the potential for saving time and improving their manufacturing processes. This is definitely the most efficient solution in the market today.”

The violet laser sensor heads equip end-users including OEMs, Tier 1s and Tier 2s, with the highest measurement resolution system with unrivalled usability. Due to its highly ergonomic and lightweight design, the GapGun Pro is widely accepted by operators.

Violet laser sensor heads are a straightforward upgrade for existing GapGun Pro and Vectro customers, as they use the same VChange mechanism and do not require additional software licencing.
 
Proven to work on all common automotive finishes, the violet sensor heads have now been tested in more than ten automotive factories across four continents.
  
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Third Dimension, the leading supplier of handheld precision measurement solutions, is today (23rd October 2018) celebrating its success as the South regional winnder of the Business Growth & Strategy Award. 

Neal Agar and Ellie O'Hare represented the company at a gala dinner at the Beaulieu Motor Museum, to mark this prestigious achievement. 

Judged by independent industry experts and peers, the EEF Future Manufacturing Awards are the most established and respected of their kind, giving real recognition to businesses that demonstrate a commitment to the future of UK manufacturing. 

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