Marine Concepts Improves Efficiency

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Wire­less Radian Plus and vProbe Combine for Faster, More Accu­rate Measurements

After evalua­ting their metro­logy depart­ment, Marine Concepts decided they needed to upgrade their equip­ment to better meet the needs of their custo­mers. They decided on the API Radian Plus and vProbe, which has resulted in:

  • Shorter set-up and warmup times
  • Fewer measu­re­ment setups
  • More accu­rate results

Founded in 1976, Marine Concepts strived to be one of the first compa­nies to provide a full line of design & engi­nee­ring services for its custo­mers while ensu­ring that all projects from design to produc­tion, are completed to the highest quality stan­dards. Even­tually, the company would be reco­gnized for its services and become known as “The Next Genera­tion in Design, Engi­nee­ring, and Tooling.” Marine Concepts employs specia­lists with years of expe­ri­ence in design, engi­nee­ring, CNC milling, plug buil­ding, and mold production.

With expe­ri­enced staff and state-of-the-art CNC machines, they provide a variety of compo­site and fiber­glass solu­tions to their clients. Custo­mers in a variety of indus­tries from boating, wind power produc­tion, aero­space, auto­mo­tive, and even theme parks utilize quality products made by Marine Concepts.

Marine Concepts is head­quar­tered in Cape Coral, Florida. In 2012, the company opened an addi­tional faci­lity in Sarasota, Florida to fulfill its growing demand. Between the two loca­tions, Marine Concepts has over 300,000 square feet of manu­fac­tu­ring and office space. Yet, with the incre­ased space and capa­bi­li­ties, came an incre­ased demand for accu­racy and effi­ci­ency from their appli­ca­tion teams.

With these new demands in mind, Marine Concepts analyzed their metro­logy depart­ment, and, in the inte­rest of their custo­mers, decided to explore the newest tech­no­lo­gies in metro­logy. The company’s analysis concluded it needed a laser tracker with extended capa­bi­li­ties. Marine Concepts required a tracker that could not only inspect parts, but also main­tain the accu­ra­cies needed to compen­sate their CNC mills. The company also needed to find equip­ment that would allow them to go beyond the capa­bi­li­ties of an SMR.

Marine Concepts conta­cted API for assi­s­tance with finding a laser tracker with this func­tio­n­a­lity. API intro­duced Marine Concepts to the Radian Plus laser tracker paired with the vProbe. Marine Concepts quickly disco­vered that the Radian Plus and vProbe met all the requi­re­ments they had.

With in-line accu­racy of 0.0066mm at 20 meters, the Plus allows Marine Concepts to quickly gather accu­rate data on their 73’ long CNC. And the vProbe expands their target abili­ties beyond what a simple SMR can do. With the added benefit of the Plus’ built-in auto-lock capa­bi­li­ties, the company no longer worries about inter­fe­rences with the laser beam.

At just 11kg, and comple­tely wire­less, the Radian Plus is the perfect solu­tion for Marine Concepts to measure even the smal­lest parts. In the past, the company had to haul bulky equip­ment around and wait nearly 45 minutes to take measu­re­ments. With the Plus’ easy setup and quick warm-up, they can get to work much quicker.

The added versa­ti­lity of the vProbe also enables Marine Concepts to inspect grooves and scribe lines in a matter of seconds. The old solu­tion for this inspec­tion was more time-consuming and required addi­tional setups that reduced the accu­racy of the results. Overall, the Radian Plus with the vProbe have greatly improved effi­ci­en­cies in Marine Concepts metro­logy department.

Marine Concepts inspects complex parts for custo­mers in a variety of indus­tries which include ship­ping, energy, and aero­space. Due to the critical nature of these indus­tries, there is no room for error when inspec­ting parts. Marine Concepts counts on the Radian Plus and vProbe to ensure these parts are inspected to the highest level of accu­racy possible.

For over 30 years, API has used advanced metro­logy to develop custo­mized solu­tions for the world’s leading compa­nies like Boeing, Lock­heed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Voith Hydro, Duke Energy, Ford and many others. API offers a unique mix of inno­va­tive engi­nee­ring capa­bi­li­ties, supe­rior product quality, and outstan­ding customer service to help improve your busi­ness and bottom line. API’s award-winning products are manu­fac­tured in the United States and are used by many of the world’s leading auto­mo­tive, aero­space, ship­buil­ding, machine tool, and energy companies.

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