New contract inspection service prioritises medical component manufacturers
LK Metrology has expanded and streamlined its contract inspection department to prioritise quality control services for medical equipment and component manufacturers
Coordinate measuring machine (CMM) manufacturer LK Metrology, based in Castle Donington, Derbyshire, has introduced a subcontract inspection service in support of ventilator and other medical component and equipment manufacturers in the UK and Ireland that may not have sufficient quality control resource in-house.
When the UK government launched its VentilatorChallengeUK, the consortium behind it asked multinational firms such as Rolls-Royce, BAe and GKN with robust experience in supply chain management to identify and involve OEMs and subcontract machinists in the aerospace, automotive and other industries to boost the production of medical parts. It was designed to meet the target of 30,000 extra ventilators needed by the National Health Service to cope with the surge in Covid-19 patients. They were looking for manufacturers with spare machining capacity or an ability to acquire more urgently, as well as ISO accreditation and expertise in metrology to ensure the high level of quality required when making parts for medical equipment.
Many firms had the first two prerequisites but not the third. It prompted LK Metrology to expand the existing contract inspection service run from its headquarters in Castle Donington and make it available exclusively to companies registered to supply ventilator and other medical parts. The CMM Assistance Programme can be contacted on 01332 813755 or www.lkmetrology.com/contact
Dave Robinson, marketing manager at LK Metrology comments: “We understand that manufacturers in the medical sector today are critically needed to help provide valuable components, products and systems to combat the pandemic.
“The majority typically require the use of CMMs to measure, reverse engineer and assure the quality of many complex and precision parts, including prismatic, rotational and freeform. For that reason, we are offering them a series of metrology services that we believe can be of assistance during these anxious times.”
The company’s location in Derbyshire in the Midlands means that it is conveniently placed to serve the whole of the UK and Ireland. It continues to operate under government guidelines, including in its own factory and in the field for applications, programming and service, and has put in place special transportation arrangements should manufacturers require them.
LK celebrates first anniversary as an independent company
Pictured on the LK Metrology stand at Control 2019: Angelo Muscarella, CEO (centre); Luca Triolo, general manager (left); Jacqueline Ng, VP marketing (right)
At the Control 2019 exhibition in Stuttgart last month, British coordinate measuring machine (CMM) manufacturer LK Metrology celebrated its first year of trading as a stand-alone company again, following its purchase at the end of March 2018 from Nikon Metrology by Angelo Muscarella, owner of Italian firm ASF Metrology. The last time LK was independently owned was prior to its takeover by former holding group Metris at the beginning of 2006.
During the show Mr Muscarella said: “We are delighted to complete our first year so successfully, during which we made a profit despite the expense necessarily incurred in transferring ownership of the company, which included opening a new office in Shanghai.
“We have already launched a packaged version of our Altera CMM with Renishaw REVO-2 probe, the SCANtek 5, and at the Control exhibition we are showing a brand- new product, the AlteraC 10.7.5, which is the first of three sizes planned.
“It will be supplied with our CAMIO programming, analysis and reporting software plus Renishaw indexing head and touch probe, which can be exchanged for a laser scanner. The machine lowers the price of entry to LK CMM multi-sensor inspection technology and will be officially launched later this year.”
In 2018, LK celebrated its 55th anniversary as a global leader in the metrology industry. It is the longest established CMM manufacturer and its name is linked to numerous innovations, such as the ceramic bridge design, air bearing and granite guideways for stability and stiffness, carbon fibre composite spindles, and horizontal-spindle coordinate measuring. The company worked in partnership with Rolls-Royce to develop Renishaw’s first touch trigger probe for use on a CMM. LK’s brand recognition is strong, especially in the automotive, aerospace, medical and electronics sectors.
LK Metrology is renowned for innovative CMM hardware and software solutions. The company’s metrology products are used worldwide to control and improve the quality of manufactured components. Its precision technology underpins the process chain from design, development, production and assembly through to quality assurance in global industries such as automotive, aerospace, defence, motorsport, energy, medical and contract inspection.
Established in England in 1963, LK Metrology has an impressive heritage in metrology dating back to the birth of CMM technology. Founded by CMM pioneer Norman Key and his father-in-law Jim Lowther, LK Metrology is credited with many of the CMM industry’s firsts including the first bridge-type design, first OEM to integrate computers, first to use a touch trigger probe, first to develop inspection software, first to use all air bearings and granite guideways, first to use carbon fibre composite spindles, first to use microprocessor-controlled drive systems, first to produce a truly thermally stable CMM and first to produce a high-accuracy horizontal-spindle CMM.
Headquartered in the UK, LK’s CMM development and production are at the company’s facility in Castle Donington. Sales and support offices are located in UK, North America, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and China, supplemented by a worldwide distributor network.