The WMG Academy for Young Engineers in Coventry has received a Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) on loan from WMG, at the University of Warwick. The machine will assist students with verification and measurement when producing parts, ensuring they are trained in the most efficient industrial processes and with the same equipment used by world leading manufacturing companies.
This knowledge will arm students with valuable skills that they will be able to take with them during their studies and beyond, into industry. Nikon Metrology, who design and build the CMM machines, are providing complementary training to the WMG Academy technicians and students to ensure they get the most value out of the equipment.
The machine will contribute to “creating, doing and designing” in a technology-rich, challenge-led learning environment where teamwork and creativity are highly valued skills. It will enable the students to measure the geometrical characteristics of an object.
The new machine will assist in the production of parts that conform to strict design specifications to ensure quality manufacturing. The machine offers one of the most accurate ways of measuring and capturing dimensional data, enabling the positions of, and relationships between important points and features to be characterised and compared to design intent and to other parts created from the same process.
The CMM in question, on loan from WMG, with the support of Nikon Metrology, will repeatedly measure to accuracies better than 10 microns (that’s 0.01mm) and will give the students a quantifiable insight into both the accuracy of their parts and the capability of the manufacturing process used to make them.
Alex Attridge, Project Manager at WMG said, “Metrology, or the science of measurement, plays a critical role in any manufacturing process, and yet it is a subject area rarely taught in detail, even at university level. Major players in the UK high value manufacturing sectors, such as Jaguar Land Rover and Rolls Royce, are crying out for engineers with metrology skills and experience. The enthusiasm of the staff at the WMG Academy to incorporate the CMM into their teaching activities, coupled with the support and training from Nikon Metrology, will no doubt give their students a significant advantage when seeking employment as the next generation of UK engineers.”
“The support provided by Nikon Metrology, who have been an active research partner with WMG for over 10 years, will also be critical in ensuring the CMM is correctly commissioned and provides the students with reliable data, in addition to giving Academy staff the appropriate training to get the most out of the equipment”
Kate Tague, Principal of WMG Academy said, “The Nikon CMM machine will allow our students to learn about how quality control and quality assurance is applied in industry, it will highlight to our students and demonstrate the importance of tolerances with design showing how they are measured. It is a brilliant asset for the Engineering hall and the Academy.”