Suffolk-based CTPE Ltd
, a leading sub-contract supplier of machined components, has enhanced its inspection capabilities at its Mildenhall facility by investing in a Trimos V3 height gauge supplied by Bowers Group
. CTPE has been established for over 30 years, and provides high-quality, precision-machined components for a range of range of industrial sectors, including medical, scientific, electronics, defence, and marine. Understanding the high-stakes nature of the businesses it supplies, CTPE identified issues with its previous set up, particularly in relation to a restricted measurement capability, and recognised the need to streamline its processes.
The solution came in the form of the Trimos V3 Height Gauge which is renowned for its ability to measure large components with exceptional precision. Its robust construction, combined with advanced measurement capabilities, aligned perfectly with CTPE’s pursuit of excellence.
CTPE’s operations director Alex Taylor said: “We chose to work with Bowers Group for this project as we have previously dealt with the company for other measuring equipment and have always been very happy with the service. The Trimos V3 is a great product from a quality Swiss brand and it has been a great addition to our inspection department. It is a quality piece of equipment which has helped speed up our inspection times.”
“It is very easy to use, we can train new users very quickly, and the accuracy and repeatability are very good. It has enabled us to measure features that we were not previously able to do on larger parts.”
The V3 height gauge has a measuring range spanning from 400-700mm, ensuring versatility in its applications. What sets it apart is the large two-line 'Black Mask' display, a unique feature in the market that guarantees excellent contrast, regardless of lighting conditions. Its user-friendliness has also proven to be a popular characteristic, with electronically adjustable measuring force and an easy-to-read display unit that provides direct and easy-to-read access to functions, enabling rapid operation.
With the Trimos V3 height gauge in place, CTPE's inspection capabilities have taken a significant leap forward. Employed on a daily basis for conducting first article, in-process, and final inspections of milled and turned components, the quality manager and machine setters were notably impressed by the height gauge's accuracy and repeatability.
CTPE specialises in the manufacturing of high-quality CNC turned and milled components, catering to a wide production spectrum, with production varying from low-volume runs to quantities in the tens of thousands. Its expertise encompasses the fabrication of both straightforward turned parts and intricate mill/turn configurations, as well as prismatic machined components.