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Fareham-based CNC machining company, Penta Precision, has increased its measurement capabilities by investing in a Baty R400 shadowgraph profile projector supplied by Bowers Group.

In 2021, Penta Precision devoted significant investment into new, larger premises, as well as boosting its workforce and its capital equipment to include five-axis machine tools and the Baty R400 profile projector.

The R400 is used daily by the quality department for first-off checks and final batch inspections of CNC milled and turned parts, and by machinists to carry out in-process checks. Notably, the projector enables the company to measure a much wider range of parts due to the increased measuring range available when compared with the previous projector.

Penta Precision’s Baty R400 bench-mounted profile projector is suitable for both the shop floor and the standards room, combining high accuracy non-contact measurement with inspection with a large 300 x 150 mm measuring range. Offering a choice of digital readouts and optional automatic profile edge detection, the R400 ensures a projector that fits a wide range of requirements.

Mike Steppens, lead quality inspector at Penta Precision says: “We have a high mix of work, and so there are high demands on inspection. The R400 has helped to free up our CMM and prevent delays in first-off inspection. For the majority of the parts which can now be measured on the R400, we were having to use the CMM as the previous projector had too small a working window.”

The team at Penta are highly impressed with the Fusion software and its ease of use, with the ability to create a pictorial image of the part being measured.

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