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The MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke, the Rt Hon Jack Lopresti, formally opened the new headquarters of innovative optical metrology pioneers Third Dimension today (Friday 24 June 2011).

Third Dimension is the manufacturer of the GapGun range of products, which are precision shop floor optical metrology tools for the aerospace and automotive manufacturing industries. The new headquarters, which houses the company’s office and manufacturing staff and is 50 per cent larger than their previous HQ, is in the Brabazon Office Park in Filton, South Gloucestershire.


For those wanting to see a GapGun in operation, check out the recent video interview by QMT*.

In under 2 minutes, John gives a short overview of the GapGun, demonstrates the measurement process (measures gap and flush on a test panel) and shows how results can be sent automatically from the handheld GapGun to Excel over WIFI.

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* QMT is a print and on-line magazine for the quality, measurement and test industry promoting improvements in manufacturing processes and products through quality control and quality management - from shopfloor to line and enterprise management.

The GapGun team has just returned from Control Stuttgart 2009 - widely regarded as the best and certainly the largest quality control and metrology trade show in the world.

Despite global economy gloom, attendance at the GapGun booth was good, with more leads generated than in 2008, perhaps reflecting the addition pressure for manufacturers to achieve high quality output using lower levels of manpower.

Unsurprisingly, the biggest draw at Control was our new robot mounted GapGun solution (below). This solution is suitable for situations where labour costs are high or labour is in shortage, where the flexibility of a handheld measurement solution is not required, or for use in hazardous environments.

In order to help our customers during these difficult market conditions, we have added a new Cost Savings Calculator to our website which quickly and easily calculation of the cost benefits involved in implementing a GapGun measurment solution. The calculator allows you to enter the parameters appropriate for your process (part rate, shift pattern, labour rate, etc) and will output a detailed analysis of the time savings, in PDF format, suitable for inclusion in a business case.

All in all, the outlook for quality control in 2009 looks good and it looks like all sectors including automotive will be maintaining high build quality despite financial challenges in the sector.