White Paper: Automotive

Process Control Significantly Reduces Cycle Time and Delivery Delays for Automotive Parts Manufacturer

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Officine Meccaniche (OMG) manufactures high-tech mechanical parts and subassemblies for cars, vans, trucks, and tractors. Its extensive manufacturing capabilities span a complete range of automotive component requirements including engine blocks, cylinder heads, and suspension assemblies.

An increase in production orders for new breeds of high-volume and high-value automotive components required OMG to consider alternative approaches to part inspection. Investments in off-machine gauging and on-machine probing enabled the company to increase manufacturing throughput, avoid rejects and reduce scrap.

After consulting Renishaw on several alternative solutions, OMG elected to introduce the Equator™ gauging system for high-volume off-machine process control. Following the traditional comparison of production parts to a reference master data set, the Equator gauging system delivers highly repeatable, thermally insensitive, and easily reprogrammable gauging to the shop floor.

In the manufacture of the new engine block, OMG chose to use Renishaw’s OMP60 optical transmission probe for the first time. A compact 3D touch-trigger probe, the OMP60 is used for both initial workpiece setup and post-machining inspection on a wide range of 4- and 5-axis machining centers.

Introducing off-machine gauging and on-machine probing solutions has helped OMG to increase production throughput and eliminate rejects in both high-volume and high-value automotive part scenarios.

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