“We invested in a 3D coordinate measuring machine to improve the quality of our process control. One way we do this is by continuously monitoring data and graphs depicting whether we are approaching tolerance limits. If we are, we can implement adjustments before the limits are exceeded,” says Martin Madsen, Quality & CI Manager, Ib Andresen Industri.
Roll-forming operator Jack H. Hansen adds, “The measuring machine also makes our measurements more uniform by eliminating the human factor during the check measurements. Also, the measuring machine continuously generates statistics to give us a prompt overview of measurement trends. This puts us in closer contact with the production process.”
The total investment amounts to half a million kroner, and the machine is installed on one of Ib Andresen Industri’s roll-forming production lines. Roll forming is efficient in large batches of uniform steel sections.
Staying abreast of deviations is notably beneficial for large batch productions, and this is now made possible by the new technological development. Martin Madsen adds,
“After collecting sufficient data over an extended period of time, we can see if there are any common features of the deviations. If there are, the data can enable us not just stay abreast of but can completely eliminate some of the fluctuations we’re seeing.”
Also, the investment is in keeping with the company’s strategic objective to boost the digitisation of its QA efforts.
The Wenzel 3D Coordinate Measuring Machine is supplied by Kyocera Unimerco
“The task at Ib Andresen Industri was very interesting, as it became a turnkey project comprising the measurement machine itself, the programming of workpieces, integrating the machine into the production process and collecting data and statistics,” says Jan Møgelmose, Sales Manager, Kyocera Unimerco.
“Ib Andresen Industri has been a perfect partner due to their clear-cut requirements for the solution, and they don’t compromise, which has also challenged us technically, both in terms of the measurement process and the subsequent visualisation of the results.”
“It’s stimulating to have a customer who is willing to make every effort to efficiently collect data in order to make the right choice in the production process,” Jan Møgelmose concludes.