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News - May 30 2020

Systems for safer, connected working from Vision Engineering

Safety and connected working - get the most out of your Vision Engineering equipment 

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Important Customer Update June / July 2020

We are available to discuss your Inspection, Metrology and Force Testing requirements

Our office is currently open from 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday. 

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Exhibitions and Tradeshows

We will be at the following Exhibitions and Tradeshows: 

Bring your parts and samples for a free, no obligation demonstration.

We love to talk metrology!

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Your invitation to join the Alicona Control tradeshow highlights webinar, showcasing the latest technological developments

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Vision Engineering's Evo Cam solves the challenge of high precision inspection at Re-Go Autoparts

The modernisation of vehicles has brought new challenges for automotive manufacturers with the shift from hydraulic to electric power assistance requiring new, specialised inspection equipment. Re-Go Autoparts, the high-quality remanufacturer of steering components, invested in a complete solution for high precision electrical rework and circuit board inspection - Vision Engineering’s Evo Cam with articulated arm mount.

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A complete solution, not just a piece of kit - for Ross Ceramics

We are delighted with this endorsement from Ross Ceramics, prestigious manufacturer of ceramic cores for the aerospace and energy sectors. 

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What is Focus-Variation?

Focus-Variation delivers 3D, high resolution measurement at full depth of field. This enables repeatable, traceable and highly efficient surface roughness analysis and form and wear measurement. 

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Bruker Alicona's innovative solution for the complete measurement of non-geometrical cooling holes

Modern turbine engines operate under increasingly high temperatures for maximum exhaust velocity and optimum efficiency. Internal temperatures reach up to 2000°C and yet the melting point of the alloy in the turbine engine is 1300°C.

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The Starrett Force Measurement System at the heart of groundbreaking biomedical research.

Cell membrane re-engineering is a powerful frontier in biomedical innovation. Researchers at Bristol University are facilitating the improved therapeutic performance of cells, by modifying them to take on new functionalities. Essential to this groundbreaking work is the Starrett FMS-500-L2 supplied in the UK by Optimax IIM ltd. 

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Au revoir Killian! Looking back on another successful technical placement programme

Central to Optimax’s mission to support continued innovation in metrology and inspection is our commitment to train the next generation of experts. We are so proud of our technical placement program and consistently inspired by the skill and drive of our new team members.

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Challenging the bias against digital microscopy

The past 10 years have seen enormous technological advances in digital (formally video) microscopy. Rapid innovative improvements in depth of focus, field of view and 3D technology have positioned digital microscopes competitively against traditional optical solutions. Digital microscopes now offer high repeatability and superior ergonomic features. Even so, many manufacturers hold onto biases based on the limitations of legacy machines.

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The digitization of manufacturing and the Internet of Things - is metrology ready for the next industrial revolution?

The digitization of manufacturing is seen to herald a new industrial age, industry 4.0. A manufacturing phase of unparalleled connectivity and digitisation.

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Starrett Force Measuring System meets Brandauer's safety critical application demands

Brandauer is a leading producer of precision stamped parts. Founded in Birmingham over 150 years ago, this family run enterprise has real manufacturing pedigree, recently winning a Queen’s Award for international trade. Committed to leading edge innovation, they are the only UK supplier of the EloPin press-fit, developed by TBS Sorig. Suited for safety critical applications, the versatile, automated, Starrett L2 force measurement system (FMS) is relied upon for quality control in EloPin production.

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The Micro CMM from Bruker Alicona - a transformative innovation for production

Working with cutting edge technology every day, it’s easy to feel that some sort of incomprehensible magic is going on – I mean how many of us actually know how our smart phones work? While a bold future-facing vision is essential, at its heart, transformative innovation is just problem solving. This is clear with the pioneering µCMM from Bruker Alicona, which answers the limitations of legacy metrology machines.

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Stand out metrology solution for turned part manufacturers

To measure outside features of symmetrical cylinders, manufacturers of turned parts have relied on profile projectors and coordinate measurement machines. However, the market has been transformed by Mahr Metrology’s complete, automated solution that enables the precise and efficient measurement of even non-symmetrical parts.

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Flexible engine inspection

The automotive industry is more complex and demanding than it has ever been.

But now costly and time consuming engine and system strip down is a thing of the past with the Hawkeye V2 Video Borescope.

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Sealing the future of preform measurement with HDV

Mansol Preforms manufacture glass and ceramic insulators, which are pressed into a range of shapes and sizes, dependent on customer requirements. The majority are circular with multiple holes, precisely located. 

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High contrast view of plastic mouldings optimises efficiency for manufacturer

Miles Platts, leading designer and manufacturer of precision technical mouldings, currently produce over 8 million units per month. They specialise in the provision of high precision, tight tolerance mouldings in engineering polymers often with zero or minimum draft.

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Ensure parts exceed customer expectations

It is crucial precision manufactured parts pass ‘goods in’ quality inspection tests first time. Accurate visual inspection and identification of surface defects in production, ensures that your customers have a reduced time to build, with none of your parts being rejected on arrival and holding up the process.

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An insight into being an apprentice at Optimax

We asked our apprentice Logan to answer few questions about working at Optimax

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Introducing the Starrett HVR-100 FLIP

Simple, Reliable, Quick and Flexible

Vertical and horizontal capability in one system for instant measurement of a variety of applications from stamped to turned parts


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New generation of Profile Projectors

Do you love your existing profile projector but find:- Redundant damaged and expensive overlays- Operator dependent results- Time consuming manual measurement- No effecting reporting

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Hat trick for top safety accreditation

We are delighted to announce that we have achieved SafeContractor accreditation for a third consecutive year to cover our service and calibration work.

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Inspect and measure in one simple solution

Laser Micromachining Ltd. (LML) supplies high-quality, fast turnaround contract manufacturing services to industry, enabling the rapid and cost-effective production of micro-products.

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Mantis ensures quality for shoe manufacturer

The Cheaney Shoe brand represents the finest British craftsmanship, producing premium footwear handcrafted from start to finish in their original 1886 Northampton factory. 

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The UK's first and only calibration provider with UKAS accreditation covering all brands of vision system

Optimax has been granted the UK’s first accreditation for the verification of coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) equipped with imaging probing systems against the ISO 10360-7 standard by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).

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Force Measurement on the move

We are delighted to be extending the range of quality Force Measurement equipment that we provide to include the Starrett DFC & DFG portable digital force gauges. 

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NEW - Swift PRO from Vision Engineering

  • Integrated Z axis encoder for accurate height and depth measurement
  • Integrated software driven lighting control
  • Segmented LED ring light for better surface illumination and edge detection
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    LED lighting for profile projectors

    Bright, sharp images and a longer life...

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    Starrett Precision Optical Partnership

    Optimax appointed as exclusive UK agent for Starrett Precision Optical

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    Welcome to the world of instant measurement!

    Xpress 2D Field of View Measurement System

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