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December 2019

2019 – Physical Digital® Review of the Year

We’ve had a busy 2019 and are going into 2020 with a good mix of projects in the diary and capacity for new business. Whether at our premises or on the road at customer sites, we’ve brought precise, reliable measurement & inspection, reverse engineering, R&D and digital archiving data to customers across a wide range of sectors, including:

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Historical
  • IGT
  • Jewellery
  • Medical
  • Metal stamping
  • Oil & Gas
  • Plastic injection moulding

We’ve taken around 1.5 million photographs with our GOM TRITOP photogrammetry system during the year and our ScanBox has completed more than 8,000 individual projects.

 

Extreme sport technical support

We’ve been delighted this year to be a technical partner to The Blades Aerobatic Display Team and their Red Bull Air race team, piloted by Ben Murphy. We’ve also continued our partnership with West Surrey Racing, supporting their three 330i BMW touring cars in the 2019 British Touring Car Championship.

Huge congratulations to the WSR team for winning the Championship this year, coming first and second in the Drivers’ Championship, and to BMW for winning the Manufacturer’s Championship. We will continue to offer technical support to both the Blades and BMW UK Motorsport run by WSR next year.

 

World-first accreditation for Physical Digital

We were very proud to be the first company in the world to be awarded Nadcap accreditation. Nadcap is a global cooperative accreditation programme for aerospace, defence and related industries and is an extremely tough accreditation to obtain. Having Nadcap accreditation allows us to work closely with customers in this industry, who can rely on the quality and traceability of our measurement processes.

 

 

Events and shows

We have attended a wide range of events during 2019, including several trade shows and we have continued our work with the next generation of engineers and measurement specialists by giving guest lectures to schools, colleges and universities.

 

Introducing OSCAR for automotive benchmarking

OSCAR is our specialist H-Point Manikin, which is used as a tool during our automotive benchmarking process. OSCAR replicates the weight, position and touchpoints of a vehicle passenger and so provides valuable measurement data to automotive designers. OSCAR is calibrated to SAE J826 Appendix C (Nov 2015).

 

Why choose Physical Digital in 2020?

2020 will mark our 15th year in business – a business that has grown steadily and organically since it was founded in 2005. We are the only service provider in the UK to offer the highest available 16M sensor for optical metrology, which is highest resolution GOM ATOS optical sensor in the world, and all our equipment and software offers the latest in mobile and static 3D structured light measurement.

Our in-house measurement facilities includes the temperature-controlled environment, which houses our GOM ScanBox automated scanner. This facility is capable of handling anything from a single component to batches of several thousand, giving our customers complete flexibility and control over their measurement project.

We are also able to construct fixtures for scanning. Not only do we design the fixture – we also complete all of the ScanBox programming, Gauge R & R studies for acceptance tests to client specifications, compiling of technical instructions, prove-out and installation at client site, including training and mentoring of the use of the fixture.

Measurement data is supplied to you in a number of different formats you require, so you are confident of getting the best data for your project. We can also use Statistical Process Control methodology that allows full traceability of Probing Spacing Artefact. This methodology uses control charts to study if a process changes over time.

 

Christmas opening hours

Our office closes on 24th December 2019 at 4.30pm and opens again on 02 Jan 2020.

Thank you for all your support during 2019 – Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Physical Digital Team.

Recruiting for a Metrology Applications Engineer

TCT Award finalist 2019

The Company

At Physical Digital® we are forward-thinking company, focusing on the use, design development and implementation of metrology systems into high value manufacturing processes. We have a team of metrology, design and manufacturing experts who each bring specialist knowledge across the fields of design, metrology and reverse engineering. Working across a range of industries including, aerospace, automotive energy and manufacturing, which offers a diverse and rewarding engineering environment to work.

Physical Digital has recently been acquired by the Trescal group, Trescal is a worldwide specialist in calibration, headquartered in Paris, France and located in 24 countries, covering Europe, Americas, Asia (Singapore) and North Africa. Trescal have 50,000 customers, over 3,500 employees globally with nearly 500 in the UK. The acquisition of Physical Digital confirms the business as the UK’s leading 3D measurement company using GOM structured light metrology systems.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Metrology Applications Engineer to support the forecasted growth of the business over the coming years and beyond. Based in our Guildford, Surrey office. We offer a competitive salary and benefits. Along with the opportunity to work at the cutting edge of engineering, measurement and inspection.

 

Our commitment to our team:

  • Provide a rewarding and ethical work environment.
  • Measure performance in a standardised way and reward every individual.
  • Identify, recognise and develop expertise.
  • Regularly train co-workers, building a learning company mentality.
  • Exciting projects spanning nearly every engineering sector.
  • Support and mentoring for professional registration.

 

Main Purpose of the Role

To help support our growing cross sector customer base on metrology related projects. We are looking for an ambitious and proactive candidate with a methodical approach who will take a primary role in a range of technical metrology projects. This will include significant client facing service work and internal technical development projects supporting our design/engineering team. The work will be conducted in a range of environments including our internal metrology laboratory and customer manufacturing facilities which will include extensive travel and overnight stays. This is a demanding but exciting role for the appropriately skilled person. A wide range of on-the-job training will be provided.

 

Key Responsibilities

The key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducting part measurements using primarily the GOM – TRITOP Photogrammetry and ATOS 3D Structured Light scanning sensor, various software along with other systems and techniques
  • Delivering metrology solutions for our cross-sector clients
  • Utilising and implementing measurement good practice both for internal applications and client-based projects
  • Taking day to day responsibility for the project management of client projects
  • A flexible approach to the demands of the business
  • Deliver metrology results and technical presentations to clients
  • Input into technical meetings and discussions
  • Uphold companies QMS standards including ISO9001, Nadcap7130 and Nadcap 7004
  • Promote and develop 3D measurement opportunities at customer sites
  • Working away from the office attending client sites and overnight stays, primarily within the UK will be a requirement of this role

 

Skills, Competencies and Qualifications

  • A degree or HND/HNC in mechanical or manufacturing engineering, although candidates with other academic qualifications combined with relevant experience will also be considered
  • Relevant experience using metrology systems would be an advantage
  • Knowledge of Polyworks software would be a major advantage
  • Working theoretical knowledge of GOM measurement systems (ATOS & TRITOP) and software
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft software (Microsoft Office suite, especially Excel)
  • A natural problem solver with excellent technical and analytical skills and understanding of statistics
  • Strong project management skills, with the tenacity, enthusiasm and the ability to work independently or as part of a team to meet project goals
  • A full driving licence is essential as regular significant national travel is expected

 

Other desirable skills may include:

  • Strong understanding of manufacturing drawings and relevant standards.
  • Knowledge of GD&T
  • Experience with CAD especially Siemens NX
  • Knowledge of Minitab or other statistical software
  • Understanding of automated measurement systems and processes
  • Programming or scripting (mainly Python)
  • Experience with industry standards NADCAP/AS9100/AS9102
  • Working towards professional registration

 

Physical Digital is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, transgender status, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

If you would like the opportunity to join this forward-thinking company working on exciting projects and taking the next step in your career and you believe you have the skills and the professionalism we are looking for in this role, please forward your CV with a covering letter to recruitment.uk@trescal.com