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ENERGYCASE STUDIES

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Hexagon Metrology's renowned measurement

systems play an important role

in checking the dimensions of a wide

variety of wind turbine components.

Its range of solutions include CMMs with

QUINDOS software for measuring gears

and ROMER portable measuring arms,

which are ideal for measuring small parts to

a lower accuracy.

Checking rotor blades was previously a

time-consuming task but thanks to

Hexagon Metrology, the process is now

much faster. A wireless Leica T-Probe system

is capable of measuring 40m long

blades in two hours.

The operator captures individually defined

sections of the blade, which are then digitally

joined together. When the analysis is complete,

a CAD model is available for comparison against the construction drawings.

In China, Goldwind uses the 'Walk-AroundCMM' for performing dimensional checks of

its rotor hubs. The time and cost of the

measurements are dramatically lower than

using conventional measuring instruments.

Elsewhere, Belgium's TVL uses a Leitz

PMM-F for checking whether the main

features of a four tonne gear box are within

the 50 µm allowable tolerance to an

accuracy of 2.5 µm.

HEXAGON METROLOGY

METROLOGY FOR EFFICIENT WIND TURBINES

This high precision co-ordinate measuring

machine has an interchangeable probe

bank and is able to check every measured

point with the correct probe quickly and

automatically.

www.hexagonmetrology.com

RIGHT UP TO DATE WITH

4 BILLION YEAR OLD SOLUTION

ND Precision Products already has experience with the

Renewable Energy Sector (mainly with wind turbine

projects) but its ability to achieve outside its comfort zone

is what sets this company aside.

A four billion year old Meteorite was a recent example. They

successfully machined it into high precision parts for a new

range of Senturion keyless entry systems, which involved wiring

it into slices to produce interlockable bracelets. Senturion

Technology owner Richard Dinan had been told by meteorite

specialists the task was not feasible.

With over 40 years experience and recent major investment in

plant, including 3 new Agie-Charmilles machines, ND used its

high accuracy, high quality experience to deliver a solution.

It brings the same expertise to the renewables market and

keeps projects totally in-house, from concept and design to

prototypes, manufacturing mould & press tools, tooling packages and spares.

www.ndprecisionproducts.co.uk

ND PRECISION PRODUCTS

'MASTERS OF MEASUREMENT'

READY TO SERVE ENERGY

Rhopoint Metrology are masters of measurement - and its

UKAS Laboratory in Birmingham is one of the largest of its

kind in Europe able to serve companies throughout the supply chain in a wide range of energy sectors.

Its calibration services include: mechanical, electrical, pressure,

weight, time, torque, temperature, dimensional and other measurements

critical to design, manufacture and testing.

As well as its calibration the company undertakes training, repair

and refurbishment of calibration equipment, certification and

client support.

The Rhopoint Group acquired Micron Metrology two years ago

as part of its strategy to offer a world-beating calibration service

and the name change to Rhopoint Metrology, in July 2014,

completes a rebranding exercise designed to mirror the growth

and transformation of the company. With state-of-the-art equipment and calibration

systems it is well placed to meet the

demands of energy sectors.

www.rhopointmetrology.co.uk

RHOPOINT METROLOGY

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