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No Stone Unturned in Pursuit of Excellence
No Stone Unturned in Pursuit of Excellence

No Stone Unturned in Pursuit of Excellence

Added to MTDCNC by Measurement Solutions on 02 July 2018

As part of their quest for continued growth, excellence and product diversification, CMS Cepcor® of Coalville has recently invested in the latest Creaform HandySCAN3D from Measurement Solutions. 

CMS Cepcor® Limited is Europe’s largest aftermarket manufacturer and supplier of premium quality crusher, screen and asphalt plant spare parts. The company provides crusher products and services globally to the mining, quarrying, demolition and recycling industries, exporting to over 100 countries.

To maintain their premium status, Operations Director Chris Sydenham is constantly looking at new technologies and capabilities to drive improved efficiencies, customer satisfaction and product diversification. This has been exemplified in recent years with £7 million GBP invested in modern UK manufacturing facilities which include CNC, milling, turning, boring, slotting, grinding, drilling, welding, co-ordinate measuring and material testing.

The key to aftermarket success is response time and product availability, two factors which were significant during their decision-making process. As a pioneer for new technology and research and development, CMS Cepcor® had previously made significant investments in three portable measuring and scanning arms during the last decade. However, the portability and scanning capability in particular resulted in a need to assess new complimentary technologies to increase measurement efficiency and usability.  
Sydenham commented “The Measurement Solutions team were able to visit our facility and demonstrate a device which is truly portable. Although we design and manufacture in the UK, having the ability to take the HandySCAN abroad is a major advantage, as the whole system is transported in a carrying case no larger than aircraft hand luggage. This gives us a whole new capability of scanning on-site, with the ability to send the data back to the UK to begin the reverse engineering or inspection processes before our engineer has even boarded the plane home”.

During the hardware selection review a dedicated team consisting of Design Engineers, CAD CAM programmers and Quality Assurance leaders tested various handheld and next generation portable arm systems. “The handheld market in particular offers low cost white light solutions which have their appeal” commented Tom Quinzi Design Engineer. “However, during testing we very quickly realised that such devices are low cost for a reason, as we revealed lost capability on accuracy and the ability to scan a multitude of materials such as shiny or black components”. 

“In comparison, whilst the latest generation of portable arms have indeed improved on accuracy, there are some serious limitations in terms of portability, with heavy tripod stands or magnetic mounting required, and slow device move procedures on larger objects. Compared to a truly hand-held device, it was clear that a portable arm does not give us any additional capability and therefore no increased performance gains. In addition, due to the scale of the components CMS manufacture, the large field of view and scanning speeds generated by the HandySCAN’s 14 laser lines far surpassed any other system we considered’.

As an experienced user of portable scanning arms, Quinzi was also able to further assess the software workflows offered with Measurement Solutions. “The VXelements suite of products recommended by Measurement Solutions and supplied with the HandySCAN has immediately removed our previous pains. The alignment process when utilising multiple point cloud meshes has completely disappeared since introducing the HandySCAN, as we are able to physically move the component mid-way through a scan and continue without any alignment necessary. This has resulted in massive time savings over previous arm methods, whilst the simple workflow in VXelements enables multiple scans to be aligned within seconds if scanning assemblies”.

CMS Cepcor® has a complete CAD workflow integrated within the business based on the Autodesk Inventor platform. Although laser scanning capability has existed in the business with the portable arms, the software workflow has hindered an effective introduction of the use of point cloud data. However, since introducing the VXmodel software, a module of VXelements, this has changed completely. Using VXmodel, the business now has the ability to finalise scan data through a suite of easy-to-use mesh preparation tools, concluding with a direct ‘live transfer’ mode which seamlessly moves geometric features, sections cuts and surfaces directly into the company’s existing CAD software. 

CMS Cepcor® Limited will be exhibiting at the Hillhead Exhibition (https://www.hillhead.com) which takes place from 26–28 June at Hillhead Quarry, near Buxton. They will be demonstrating the capabilities described in this article daily using the HandySCAN 700 from Measurement Solutions.

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