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23rd April 2020

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Groundbreaking fast 3D measurement of chamfer and edge break

Watch our short video to see how this handheld gauge and 3D analysis software measures chamfer, edge rounding and edge break at high speed.

16th April 2020 • Read »

Introducing 3D micro defect inspection at the MRO Europe Aviation Week

Spectrum Metrology is pleased to introduce a ground-breaking handheld gauging system to the MRO Europe exhibition for rapid micro-defect/corrosion analysis directly on the shopfloor. The 4D INSPEC ® inspection gauge is a completely new method of reliably measuring micro-defects in 3D such as scratches nicks, pits, protrusions, radius of curvature of grooves, spheres and shafts – even rivet geometry.

8th August 2019 • Read »

A Metrology Open Day hosted by Spectrum Metrology, 26th June 2019

Explore New Dimensions at the National Space Centre: Spectrum Metrology will be hosting an Open Day this June in conjunction with Taylor Hobson and FARO. Register now ...

12th March 2019 • Read »

4D Inspec XL micro-defect measurement system wins 2019 Prism award

We are pleased to announce that the 4D InSpec XL surface defect gauge has won the 2019 Prism award in Test and Measurement. The award was presented to 4D Technology during the Photonics West 2019 expo by SPIE, the International Society for Optics and Photonics.

20th February 2019 • Read »

Autocollimator used to test innovative Scanner System to monitor pollution

Autocollimators were used to align the optical components when the University of Leicester built the pioneering CompAQS scanner in collaboration with Surrey Satellite Technology and DL Optics Ltd

18th October 2018 • Read »

Taylor Hobson Alignment Telescopes help shipbuilding industry meet their green credentials

Shipbuilders face the challenge of reducing their environmental impact.  Accurate alignment of engines, propeller shafting and stern tubes all reduce vibration and wear - which cause fuel inefficiencies - so the Taylor Hobson alignment telescope is an invaluable tool to shipbuilders and marine engineers across the globe.

Alignment of ships engine
Alignment of ships engine

Shipbuilders and marine engineers have used the Taylor Hobson Micro Alignment Telescope range for applications such as alignment of propulsion machinery since the late 1930s.  These Alignment Telescopes (used for checking and setting straightness and alignment) are typically used to precisely align the position of the ships engine in relation to the propeller shafting and stern tube.  Other tasks include alignment of the engine to the stern tube and alignment of rudder bearings.  Every percentage of fuel efficiency achieved by reducing these misalignments saves around 1500 gallons of fuel – over the lifetime of a ship this can equate to millions of dollars in savings.

In recent years the capabilities of the Telescopes have been enhanced with the use of new camera technology for remote viewing when working in difficult locations and over very long distances and computerised measurements.  Equally, the Micro Alignment Telescope has the advantage of being capable of running entirely without power if circumstances so dictate.

Large diesels used in marine engines are prone to twisting and deformation during periods of extended service.   Before re-machining off main bearings, the alignment telescope is used to quickly and accurately assess the amount of deformation of the engine bores and determine the precise amount of metal removal.  First the engine bores are  measured - any  misalignment can  be viewed by the  operator through the  camera system which  is attached to the  Micro Alignment Telescope eyepiece.  Once all the bore centres are in line and with the telescope in place, the  boring machine tool is moved along the  same line for machining, skimming any  bores to the correct size.

The Alignment Telescope is sold around the world through Taylor Hobson’s worldwide network – the equipment is also available on hire from their technical support agent Spectrum Metrology for individual jobs during refurbishment projects.

Click here for more information on the Micro Alignment Telescope