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.
A presentation on seam validation measurement at this year’s Coordinate Metrology Society Conference (CMSC) in Nevada, USA showcased how Lockheed Martin incorporates GapGun - Third Dimension’s best-selling hand-held laser measurement system - into its quality inspection process of its F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
Lockheed Martin explained how seam validation - the process of measuring the gap and mismatch between body panels – has become a networked process meaning seam types can be measured at a faster rate, repeatedly delivering significant improvements in time saving and reducing the risk of human error.
Quick and easy to use, GapGun takes measurements throughout Lockheed’s production line, so problems can be headed off before they arise, thereby speeding up and streamlining the production process.
Third Dimension has launched an all new countersink measurement solution for its GapGun range. The first of its kind on the market, it can calculate the dimensions of a countersink hole to accurately predict the flushness of fasteners once fitted. What’s more, it can operate in real time on the production lines of aircraft, cars and vans, and also in the energy and marine markets.
Last year in the commercial aviation industry alone, 1481 planes were manufactured with a total estimated 296 million countersinks. The average requirement is to measure 5% of each aircraft’s 200,000 countersink holes, meaning 10,000 countersink holes would have to be measured for every commercial aircraft produced. Done manually, these checks rely heavily on the competencies of the operator and are extremely time consuming.
Dennis de Roos, Third Dimension’s Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, said: “If the hole for a rivet isn’t the right size, it will create severe quality problems, either at the time of production or more worryingly further down the line. Our new, patented system will help prevent these issues in just a couple of seconds, per measurement. For the first time, fastener flushness and countersink characteristics can be measured quickly and accurately, time and time again, with no possibility of operator error.”