Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems Case Study
“OGP’s after-sales and technical support service is very good and the team is only a phone call away to answer any queries about how to get the best out of the machine.” – Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems
OGP SMARTSCOPE HELPS AERO FIRM REAP RAPID ROI
A global aerospace component maker has achieved a return on investment on an OGP video measuring machine a year ahead of its target. Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems purchased the table-top, SmartScope Flash 200 to ensure the integrity of its quality control processes for a wide range of safety-critical parts used in aircraft wheels and brakes.
The Coventry-based company chose the OGP SmartScope machine for its ability to accurately and rapidly check components, which are not possible by traditional inspection methods because the parts are made to difficult tolerances on feature size, position and form.
“The original target was to expect a return on investment within three years, but this was easily achieved within two, which was impressive. In addition, inspection cycle times have been reduced and the data is used to further improve our manufacturing processes,” explained John Snell, manufacturing team leader.
“The integrity of our quality control is paramount as our products range from large carbon brake discs to tiny stainless steel or titanium components used in hydraulics and activation systems,” he added.
The versatility of the OGP multi-sensor measuring machine has also paid off as Meggitt staff have been able to develop new programs for even more inspection applications such as checking EDM forms and features as well as positions of holes and milled features produced on its machining centres and driven tool lathes.
Operators were impressed not only by the machine’s ease-of-use, but also its automatic, self-calibrating AccuCentric zoom lens and SmartRing LED white lights, which can pinpoint light from an infinite number of directions to detect exactly the correct feature.
“What’s more, OGP’s after-sales and technical support service is very good and the team is only a phone call away to answer any queries about how to get the best out of the machine,” said John.
According to OGP, more than 1,000 SmartScope Flash 200 machines have been sold worldwide to date, making it one of the most popular video and multi-sensor measurement systems on the market.