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Optimisation of our Measuring Strategy

12.04.2019

As a specialist in modern camshaft manufacture, Schleicher Fahrzeugteile meets the challenge of facilitating quality assurance during series production cycles by enabling increasingly timely corrective measures and improving efficiency. This means repeatedly verifying various features such as cam profiles, the diameter of bearings, functional borings and also general geometrical features, analysing the measured data appropriately, and passing this information on to the production floor. Currently, various different measuring techniques are still implemented here, independent of each other.

Within the framework of our cooperation with Mahr GmbH in Göttingen, the combination of individual measuring steps in one device is being investigated. This prestigious manufacturer of measuring instruments has installed its new MarShaft SCOPE 600 plus 3D at our Penzberg plant and, together with the Schleicher Quality Assurance team, implemented the first measuring programmes.

The new measuring station comprises a combination of optical and tactile sensors, hence offering a new 3-D function. This enables the shaft to be completely measured in one step, also on the production floor, if required, and this facilitates early recognition and correction of any errors.

Schleicher Fahrzeugteile benefits from the know-how of the measuring specialists from Göttingen, and at the same time contributes its invaluable knowledge of camshaft manufacturing in practice. Intensive training sessions and progress meetings held during the project have enabled the exchange of experience and ideas (on photo from left: Stefan Lüders, an applications technician, and Thomas Köhler, Head of Product Management: Shaft Technology, both from Mahr GmbH, together with one of our measurement technicians). The feedback from our staff enables Mahr GmbH to develop and optimise the user interface for shaft manufacturers and their specialised applications and products.

The programming and commissioning of the first combined measuring processes has shown that this can result in longer measuring cycles in total, but the technicians spend considerably less time on side-line activities such as servicing the measuring devices, for example. The time gained can be therefore be used by the staff for other activities such as the parallel measuring of other components or the discussion of measuring results with the appropriate colleagues.

For further information on the MahrShaft SCOPE 600 plus 3D click here.

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