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Metrology and band saw blade and machine specialist, Starrett  exhibited  from two booths at MACH 2016, in April 2016, at Birmingham's NEC. The company  exhibited its range of metrology and force measurement solutions from its stand number in the metrology zone, while also running a stand to demonstrate its leading band saw blades and machines.

Organised by the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA), MACH is the premier UK event for companies operating in engineering based manufacturing. Such is the high profile nature of the exhibition that the 2014 event was responsible for generating £177m worth of business among the 600 exhibitors.

MACH provides the ideal platform to not only showcase new technologies, but to also generate discussion surrounding key trends affecting engineering and manufacturing, such as the increasing uptake of 3D printing and additive manufacturing. Employing relatively young techniques such as additive manufacturing may open new doors for manufacturers, but can also create new and challenging problems, such as difficulties with batch testing.

"Additive manufacturing is taking us out of the box we've operated in for years and moving us away from reliance on standard parts and standard techniques," said John Cove, Marketing Manager for Starrett. "Companies now have the capability to create designs that aren't confined to predefined shapes and sizes, and this can pose some tricky problems when they need to be measured.

"For example, we've had customers bring us new parts that were honeycomb in shape, asking for advice on how to submit them to force measurement and batch testing analysis - and frankly just how to measure them. The configuration of our machines and software, combined with the knowledge of our technicians, means that we have the answer to almost any problem like this. This allows us to support our customers in delivering products that are reliable, safe and effective.

"Our specialist technicians will be present on both stands for the duration of the show, performing live demonstrations, answering queries and discussing industry trends. Given the varied and longstanding experience of the Starrett team, there aren't many cutting and measurement questions we don't have the answer to - so feel free to stop by during the show and challenge us!"

Starrett also offered a range of show offers for both its band saw range and metrology equipment from stands  in the metrology zone and  in the band saw hall.

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The future of metrology: Big data and small machines

Metrology specialist Starrett exhibiting at Control show in Germany.

Starrett will be exhibiting at Control, the international trade fair for quality assurance, in Stuttgart, Germany, between April 26-29, 2016. From stand 1940 in hall 1 of Messe Stuttgart, Starrett will be demonstrating real-life examples of how big data and small machines are revolutionising metrology and measurement, as well as developing relationships across its distribution network. The company will be exhibiting its range of metrology and force measurement solutions, along with a selection of precision hand tools.

With over 900 international exhibitors from 32 countries and a predicted 25,000 visitors, Control is widely regarded as the world's leading trade fair in the industrial quality assurance sector. Hosting a range of speakers and presentations, the fair is a great networking opportunity for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), retailers, and distributors.

Starrett will be exhibiting its range of profile projectors, video measurement and force measurement machines that have been designed to provide reliable and quality measurement for a variety of applications as well as offering the ability to utilise a big data approach.

"Big data is changing the way the world around us functions, so metrology and measurement should be no different," explained John Cove, Marketing Manager at Starrett. "One of the unique things about our force measurement machines, apart from reliable rigid granite bases and graphical reporting capabilities, is the software we have developed, which saves engineers a lot of time and effort on the plant floor.

"Instead of performing individual test routines one at a time, our software simultaneously collects measurements and tests to provide wide ranging data that can be analysed and interrogated retrospectively - the big data way of working. Not only is this more effective from a time management perspective, it also increases accuracy levels. Compared to other metrology software on the market, our system is not proprietary, running on Microsoft Windows, making it easier than ever to network and export data."

In response to feedback from Starrett's distribution network, which demonstrated demand for smaller force measurement machines, the company will also be helping distributors visiting their stand at Control to specify more adequately sized machines for their customers. Not all applications require machines designed for force measurement in the hundreds of kilonewtons, so Starrett hopes to raise awareness across the value chain that there are more cost effective, smaller units available.

The metrology expert is also looking to take advantage of the platform this exhibition offers to expand its distribution network, seeking to connect with distributors in sectors and regions that the company is not currently serving. To this end, technical specialists will be available on the stand throughout the show to offer in-depth demonstrations and practical insights into equipment and industry trends.

Starrett will be exhibiting at Control between April 26-29, 2016 on stand 1940 in hall 1 of Messe Stuttgart.

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