Driving innovation at Portsmouth University

Ranked as one of the world’s top 100 new universities in the ‘Times Higher Education Rankings 2017’, Portsmouth University has rapidly ascended the UK’s academic pecking order. This is credit to a £150m+ investment over the past 10 years in buildings and resources. Part of this strategy has seen the university procure the latest metrology equipment from Mitutoyo for its School of Engineering.

Commenting upon the recent purchase of four Mitutoyo metrology instruments, William Keeble, lead technician at Portsmouth University’s School of Engineering, says: “We’ve been using Mitutoyo equipment for decades. It has always been consistently precise, reliable and robust, which is a pre-requisite when equipment is frequently operated by inexperienced undergraduates. Furthermore, the Mitutoyo brand is well supported with excellent training and technical support. The software is user friendly, intuitive and gives detailed reporting, which is another critical factor for staff and researchers alike.”
To cater for its diverse demands, Portsmouth University specified the Mitutoyo Crysta-Apex S776 CMM, a Roundtest RA-1600, a Formtracer SV-C3200 and a QuickVision Apex non-contact measuring system.
“The CMM bed is considerably larger than its predecessor at 700 x 700 x 600 mm,” says Keeble. “It allows us to effectively measure more projects than our old CMM. For undergraduates to learn the basics of metrology, we have a cylinder head from an old 1960s Austin, and students will measure the diameter and concentricity of the port holes, as well as the distances between reference points. More experienced students will use the Crysta-Apex S776 CMM to reverse-engineer components.
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