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Physical Digital takes part in Siemens One PLM Digital University

Jet Turbine

October 17th sees the return of Siemens’ One PLM Digital University event, the largest Siemens event in the UK and Ireland at Silverstone Circuit. And this year, Physical Digital will be exhibiting and demonstrating its 3d scanning, reverse engineering, measurement and inspection services.

Aimed at users from all over the UK and Ireland, the free event includes over 30 technical breakout sessions for Siemens design, simulation, manufacturing and product lifecycle management software. The event has something to offer for everyone – from beginners who are just getting started, to experts who have been around for many years. It is a chance to share knowledge and experience and is packed full of demos of the latest developments and technology, networking and expert talks.

Product Experts

The Physical Digital team will be exhibiting in the product experts explore area where we will be highlighting our approach to projects from across many business sectors and especially the work we have completed for the aerospace and industrial gas turbine sector.

We will be showcasing our 3D Structured Light (3DSL) measurement that is accredited to the Nadcap standard AC 7130-4 for measurement and inspection. This is the highest level of recognition within the field of aerospace dimensional measurement and quality inspection, with Physical Digital the first company in the world to have achieved this. We will be on hand to explain our approach and to inspire anyone who visits the stand.

Tim Rapley, Managing Director at Physical Digital, says: “We love being part of days like this. As well as being able to talk about what we are really passionate about, it is great to hear what challenges users and people in businesses are facing, in case we can help. It is also great to gauge what is going on for us to be able to develop future solutions. We are really looking forward to it.”

The event, which is being held at The Wing at Silverstone Circuit, starts at 10am but you can attend an extra breakout from 8.30-9.30am. The event closes at 4.30pm. More details about what will be happening during the day can be found by downloading the agenda.

Let us know if you are planning on attending – we hope to see you there.

TCT Inspex Application Award highlights need for accuracy in 3D scanning applications

TCTAwards 2019 Finalist Logo

Last week, it was the TCT Show awards, where Physical Digital was shortlisted for the TCT Inspex Application Award for its Nadcap Accredited 3DSL Measurement service using industry-leading GOM metrology systems. The overall winner of the award was the University of Warwick for its work with the West Midlands Police, the Crown Prosecution Service and the University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.

Tim Rapley, managing director at Physical Digital says: “Unfortunately, we didn’t win overall at the TCT awards, but we were thrilled to be a finalist in this category, alongside such prestigious applications. We would like to offer our congratulations to the University of Warwick on its success. And we do feel like winners – this is the first year the organisers have created this award category. As TCT says ‘If you can’t measure it, you can’t make it’. It is great to get some recognition and to see an industry body celebrating the precision of data, which often isn’t seen as the most exciting part of the workflow.”

Physical Digital is the first company in the world to offer 3D Structured Light (3DSL) measurement that conforms to the Nadcap standard AC 7130-4 for Measurement and Inspection, the highest calibre of recognition within the field of aerospace dimensional measurement and quality inspection. The environmentally-controlled measurement cell manages both lighting and temperature and measures atmospheric pressure and humidity which are fundamental for dimensional metrology.

Tim continues: “With our Nadcap 3D Structured Light measurement and inspection services, customers can be confident in the accuracy and precision of the data delivered for their projects, as it comes with full traceability. I’m incredibly proud of our highly trained and experienced team of engineers that provide both in-house and mobile measurement and inspection services to such a high quality – and whose hard work put us on the shortlisted.”

The TCT Awards celebrate the innovators, technologies and collaborators behind the best examples of 3D technology across the globe. They are open to companies offering design-to-manufacturing innovation. This new for 2019 Inspex Application Award sought to commend the most significant cases in the field of metrology and inspection.

Customers wanting to find out more about Physical Digital’s 3D scanning, measurement and inspection services should email info@physicaldigital.com or call 01483 750200.

Physical Digital make TCT Awards 2019 finalist list

TCTAwards 2019 Finalist Logo

We are extremely proud to announce that we have been shortlisted for the TCT Awards 2019.

Our entry ‘Nadcap Accredited 3DSL Measurement’ has been reviewed by the TCT Expert Advisory board and has been voted as a finalist for the TCT Inspex Application Award.

The TCT Awards celebrate the innovators, technologies and collaborators behind the best examples of 3D technology across the globe and are open to companies offering design-to-manufacturing innovation.

 

What is the TCT Inspex Award? :

In the words of the TCT Award Team “If you can’t measure it, you can’t make it”, and as specialists in the field of metrology we couldn’t agree more! Accurate and fully traceable measurement is vital, especially when it comes to liability. The quality and accuracy of the data delivered by Physical Digital are provided with an unbroken chain of traceability back to international standards. The Inspex Application Award seeks to commend the most significant case study in the field of metrology and inspection.

Our entry ‘Nadcap Accredited 3DSL Measurement’

Physical Digital® are the first business in the world offering 3D Structured Light Scanning (3DSL) services accredited to Nadcap standards. Nadcap is an unprecedented cooperative industry approach to improve quality, while reducing costs, for quality assurance throughout the aerospace and defence industries.
With Physical Digital’s Nadcap 3D Scanning service our customers can be confident in the accuracy and precision of the data delivered for their project as it comes with full traceability.
The team at Physical Digital offer a suite of 3D Structured Light (3DSL) optical measurement services using the industry leading GOM metrology systems. Our highly trained and experienced team of engineers provide both in-house and mobile scanning services. Following measurement we are proud to offer in-house design services for full product reverse engineering. For more information on our reverse engineering services please see our website.

 

Looking forward to the final!

We are very much looking forward to the awards ceremony which is due to take place on Wednesday 25th September 2019 and is being held at the National Conference Centre (NCC) in the West Midlands, so “watch this space”.

Three other entries are joining us as finalists within the TCT Inspex Application category and we would like to send our congratulations.

 

Contact us

For all your 3D scanning, measurement and inspection requirements or to discuss reverse engineering, contact our experienced team on 01483 750200 or via our contact us page or email info@physicaldigital.com and we will be pleased to help you with your enquiry.

Our 3D Scanning systems

3D scan of strawberry

What 3D scanning equipment do you use?

One of the questions we get asked by our customers is “What 3D scanning equipment do you use and why?”

There are many types of 3D scanning equipment available on the market today, you can even download apps to 3D scan an object on your phone, however the fundamental difference is the level of accuracy and repeatability that you achieve.
Our MD Tim Rapley introduced the UK’s first GOM 3D scanning systems during his time at McLaren. Since then, the technological advancements made by the GOM company have earned them a prestigious reputation as leaders in the world of metrology.

3D scanning is the process of capturing a physical object and collecting surface data to generate a point cloud or polygon mesh that can be used for product design and development, analysis or help to refine production processes and improve product efficiency.

To demonstrate this, we decided to use an everyday item to showcase our metrology system’s capability and with Wimbledon in full swing (excuse the pun…net!) and an expected 166,055 portions of strawberries and cream being consumed this year, we thought a strawberry would be a good choice!

A strawberry has a lot of surface detail and as we specialise in capturing surface geometries, it brilliantly showcases the capability of the industry-renowned GOM metrology systems used by our expert team and the images demonstrate the level of accuracy that can be achieved. At Physical Digital we pride ourselves on the expert knowledge of our engineers and our rigorous processes and procedures such as environmental control, to ensure that we capture your project at very high-levels of accuracy.

Our GOM 3D scanning systems

Here at Physical Digital® we offer a suite of 3D Structured Light (3DSL) optical measurement services using the industry leading GOM 3D ATOS scanning systems.

GOM ATOS Triple Scan (8M)

This flexible scanning system is most commonly used for our mobile measurement services, allowing us to provide you a flexible service at your premises therefore minimising downtime. GOM ATOS Triple scanners are high resolution, optical digitizers that deliver rapid and precise three-dimensional measuring data. This can be used for the measurement and inspection of many industrial parts and when combined with our GOM TRITOP Photogrammetry systems can be used to capture larger objects such as wind turbines, boat hulls and train carriages etc.

The ATOS Triple Scan technology works by projecting a fringe pattern (Structured Light) onto the surface of the object which is recorded by two cameras and is based on the stereo camera principle. The narrow-band blue light enables precise measurements to be carried out independently of environmental lighting conditions, improving overall accuracy.
Using triangulation principles, the sensor accurately measures the divergence and convergence of the pattern, creating a high-density point cloud of surface measurements.

GOM ATOS Compact Scan (12M)

This is another of our mobile 3D scanning systems that is used for a wide range of applications. Its interchangeable lenses provide small to large fields of view with high detail accuracy. This enable a sharp and precise scan result, which lends itself perfectly for inspection and reverse engineering.

Both mobile 3D scanners also enables probing, which enables our engineers to capture deep pockets, bores holes or areas that cannot be accessed optically (line of sight).

GOM ATOS ScanBox 5120 (16M)

Based at our facility in Guildford, Surrey our GOM ATOS ScanBox is ideally suited for batch measurement for parts up to 2 metres in size such as blades blisks, turbines, vehicle components etc. It delivers rapid, high accuracy automated 3D measurements. Contained within our environmentally controlled measurement cell, the ScanBox utilises the GOM ATOS 16M Triple Scan sensor, with the ability to capture surface data with a detail resolution of more than 20 measuring points per millimetre.

What level of accuracy can be achieved?

Our 3D Measurement systems are able to capture up to 16 million points within 1-2 seconds. The level of accuracy achieved is often determined by the client and can vary on object size, complexity etc. Typically for a turbine blade we would look to achieve a precision of less than 5 microns.

For example of some of our projects, please see our case study page for more information on the different types of objects we are able to scan.

For all your 3D measurement and Inspection requirements, be it a strawberry, sculpture, jet turbine or industrial gas turbine, contact our experienced team on 01483 750200 or via our contact us page and we will be pleased to help you with your enquiry.

Team BMW title push continues at Oulton Park

Colin Turkington (GBR) WSR BMW

Team BMW continue their push for the title this weekend as Oulton Park in Cheshire takes the British Touring Car Championship to the halfway point of its 2019 season. A second-place finish and three top-six results last time out at Croft propelled Colin Turkington into an 11-point series lead while BMW grabbed the lead of the Manufacturers’ Championship.

With WSR-run Team BMW also holding second place in the Teams’ points table, three-time BTCC champion Colin is aiming for another strong set of performances on the 2.2-mile ‘Island’ layout of the picturesque parkland circuit. Colin, who is aiming for a record-equalling fourth BTCC crown, has two victories this year in the new BMW 330i M Sport and is a seven-time winner at Oulton Park, including doubles in 2009 and 2014.

For WSR, Oulton Park has also been a happy hunting ground. The Sunbury-on-Thames-based team have recorded 36 podiums and 13 wins in 21 years, including an incredible 1-2-3 finish and double-success last year.

Colin’s position at the top of the points means he carries the maximum 54kg success ballast into the weekend, making his 3 Series the heaviest car on the grid.

Team-mate Tom Oliphant is from nearby Tarporley and has a special connection with his local circuit. After equalling his career-best BTCC qualifying result with fifth on the grid at Croft and delivering a strong fifth-place finish in the opening race, he once again showed why he is widely-tipped to become a race winner in his second season in the series.

The Oulton triple-header on June 29-30 is the fifth of 10 events in this year’s BTCC, which takes in eight circuits the length and breadth of the country. Each race will be screened live and exclusively on ITV4 in HD.

Colin Turkington said: “I feel happy with where we are with the 3 Series and the development, so the plan is to go into the summer break with the momentum on our side. Oulton Park incorporates some of the most demanding corners in British motorsport such as Cascades and Druids, which require a lot of commitment, and it’s narrower than most tracks, which enhances the sense of speed. You really need to be on-point if you want to be on the pace. Going there as championship leader obviously presents its own challenges. It won’t be easy on maximum ballast though.”

Tom Oliphant said: “Oulton Park is very much home turf and I always enjoy going there. It’s one of my favourite tracks. It presents a unique challenge as a driver, and qualifying is a lot of fun as you push yourself and the car absolutely to the limit. Grid position is particularly important there, because the narrow track makes it difficult to overtake and you really need to get your elbows out to go forwards but I’ll arrive with no weight in the car, which will definitely be an advantage so I’m focussed on starting right at the front. I’m confident the new BMW 3 Series will feel good. I’ve had some terrible luck recently, so what we need above all else is a clean weekend and three consistent finishes”

Dick Bennetts, Team Principal, said: “Oulton Park has traditionally been a very good circuit for WSR in recent years, but in 2019 the new BMW 330i M Sport has been fast everywhere, so there’s no reason to think we can’t score good points again, provided everybody continues working at the extremely high level we’ve set ourselves. Colin has won here many times in our cars and is always a factor, while Tom grew up near here and is keen to turn his strong qualifying pace into three good results.”

Jordan eyes more success at Oulton Park

Andrew Jordan and BMW Pirtek Racing head to Oulton Park this weekend aiming to maintain their sensational recent British Touring Car Championship form. The Lichfield driver has won more races than anybody else this season – five – including dominant doubles at each of the last two rounds at Thruxton and Croft in his WSR-run BMW 330i M Sport.

The 2013 champion returns to the scene of his maiden BTCC podium optimistic of continuing that run of results at the demanding 2.2-mile Cheshire circuit. His incredible recent run has lifted Andrew to fourth in the Drivers’ Championship – 26 points behind leader and WSR stablemate Colin Turkington, with 67 available this weekend. This means he carries 36kg success ballast into the weekend, which is certain to slow the BMW 3 Series in the numerous uphill traction zones at Oulton.

Andrew has a strong record in the BTCC at Oulton. Since recording his maiden BTCC podium there in 2008, he has added 11 more, including two wins.

For WSR, Oulton Park has also been a happy hunting ground. The Sunbury-on-Thames-based team have recorded 36 podiums and 13 wins in 21 years, including an incredible 1-2-3 finish and double-win last year.

Another triumph this weekend would mean that the Sunbury-on-Thames team’s BMWs have been victorious in six consecutive seasons at the track.

The Oulton triple-header on June 29-30 is the fifth of 10 events in this year’s BTCC, which takes in eight circuits the length and breadth of the country. Each race will be screened live and exclusively on ITV4 in HD.

Andrew Jordan, Driver, BMW Pirtek Racing, said: “Oulton Park has been one of my strongest circuits in recent seasons, and I love it. We need to hold our expectations in-check, but I do go to Oulton expecting to challenge for pole position and race wins – and if we can’t win, we need to keep bagging points. Yes, ballast has a greater effect than at most places, but I’ve won races on full weight this season, so it’s not something I think about. We’ve found the sweet spot with the new 3 Series, and the confidence level is sky-high. I think we are the strongest package on the grid right now, so we need to use that positive momentum to keep moving forwards.”

Dick Bennetts, Team Principal, said: “AJ and the whole team have been in terrific form recently, qualifying well when his car was light, and still being able to succeed when his car’s had full ballast in Race Two. We managed a 1-2-3 finish at Oulton last year with the BMW 1 Series, and the new 3 Series should be a little better-suited to the fast corners here, so even with the ballast he carries, he should be capable of qualifying and racing well.”

Photo credit JEP/BMW.

Turkington surges ahead in BTCC title race

Colin Turkington (R) with Andrew Jordan, Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport, BTCC, Croft, UK

Team BMW’s Colin Turkington became the sole leader of the British Touring Car Championship with a strong raceday performance at Croft that culminated in a podium finish. The Northern Irishman, who is aiming for a record-equalling fourth BTCC title this year, finished second in Race Two behind the similarly WSR-run BMW 330i M Sport of Andrew Jordan and added fourth and sixth-place finishes either side of it.

That contributed to a 42-point haul for Colin, who began the day sharing the top spot in the Drivers’ Championship, but ended it with an 11-point advantage and with BMW taking the lead in the Manufacturers’ Championship.

Team-mate Tom Oliphant, who had equalled his career-best qualifying performance with fifth place on Saturday, sat on Colin’s tail throughout Race One to take a strong fifth place, which also made him the highest-placed driver contending for the Jack Sears Trophy. But the Leamington Spa-based driver was hit at turn two after the start of Race Two and spun to the tail of the field moments later while sitting fourth; prompting a tenacious recovery to 18th by the chequered flag. Tom was one of a handful of drivers to gamble on slick tyres for Race Three after a brief, but heavy, rainshower had doused the circuit. With track conditions not improving as quickly as expected, and slick tyres only proving as fast as wets in the final couple of laps, he finished 23rd.

Tom lies 13th in the Drivers’ Championship and second in the Jack Sears Trophy with Team BMW retaining second spot in the Teams’ standings with four of 10 rounds now complete.

The next event takes place at Oulton Park, Cheshire, on June 29-30; a circuit where Team BMW won twice last year.

Colin Turkington said:

“It’s been a great weekend for me. I came here sharing the lead of the points and I leave in front on my own, which is exactly where we all want to be. Second, fourth and sixth represent big points and was as much as I could hope for. We improved the BMW throughout the day and in Race Two especially, without so much success ballast on board, it just became much more lively. It’s fantastic to drive a car that feels so good. Next we go to Oulton Park, where we’ve had some great results in the past, and even though I’ll have maximum success ballast, the aim will be to continue scoring big points.”

Tom Oliphant said:

“Today’s a case of ‘what might have been’. The pace in Race One was an indication of how fast the car was today and I was pretty confident of getting a good start and a podium in Race Two, but then I was turned sideways at the first corner unnecessarily and then just ran wide into the dirt two corners later and went around. We gambled on slicks in Race Three, but because we’d chosen that race for our option [hard] tyres, there was just no grip and the wets hung on better than we thought, so there was no chance to gain an advantage. We’ll put this behind us and head to Oulton”

Dick Bennetts, Team Principal, said:

“It’s been a great day for Colin. When you start a raceday with the heaviest car ballast-wise it puts an extra pressure on the team and the drivers to find a way of still unlocking speed and fourth was a strong result. Forty-two points is a great total for the weekend for Colin and we’ve put BMW at the head of the Manufacturers’ Championship too. Tom did a good job in Race One, was unlucky in Race Two and then for the final race we took a team decision to put him on slicks that didn’t work. At least we know now that hard tyre doesn’t work on a wet track here. He had good speed and will be a contender at Oulton Park.

Dominant double for BMW Pirtek Racing at Croft

BMW Pirtek Racing’s Andrew Jordan launched himself back into contention for the British Touring Car Championship with a dominant double win at Croft. The 30-year-old from Lichfield had claimed pole position on Saturday in his WSR-run BMW 330i M Sport, converted it into a lights-to-flag victory and even claimed the bonus point for fastest lap.

Laden with the maximum 54 kg success ballast in Race Two, the 2013 BTCC champion broke clear at the start, built a five-second lead by half-distance and fended off a charge from WSR stablemate Colin Turkington to head a one-two finish for Sunbury-on-Thames team.

His fifth win of 2019 was also the 25th of his BTCC career and the seventh victory of the season for new 3 Series, which only debuted at Brands Hatch in April.

Again carrying the maximum 54 kg success ballast, but this time starting eighth on the partially-reversed grid, Andrew finished eighth to total 52 points for the weekend – equalling the highest weekend score of the season of any drive – and climbing to fourth in the Drivers’ standings. His results helped BMW to claim the top spot in the Manufacturers’ Championship and to move BMW Pirtek Racing up to eighth in the Teams’ points.

The next event takes place at Oulton Park, Cheshire, on June 29-30; a circuit where BMWs won two races last year.

Andrew Jordan said:

“I couldn’t have asked for more today. It was pretty much perfect. I was pretty overwhelmed after winning Race Two with full ballast, because to get two double-wins in successive events is something that almost never happens in the BTCC and it shows what an amazing job WSR have done with the BMW. Thruxton proved we had the pace to win, so we came here with minimal success ballast aiming to fight for the wins. . . The title fight really starts here.”

Dick Bennetts, Team Principal, said:

“What a great day for AJ, who has had a terrific weekend. Winning Race Two on full weight was impressive, but he had the car superbly dialled-in today and his confidence has been high. He’s scored 52 points and the best we’ve ever had for a driver is 55, so that’s pretty much as good as you can be in the BTCC across the weekend. He is 100 per cent a serious title contender.”

 

Photo credit JEP/BMW.

Shaping the future for 3DSL measurement with Nadcap accreditation

Aerospace Blade Mesh - 3D Scanning

Physical Digital® become first company in the world to receive Nadcap accreditation for Measurement and Inspection using 3D Structured Light (3DSL).

Nadcap recognizes Physical Digital for its commitment to continual improvement in aerospace quality.

We have provided 3DSL measurement services to the Aerospace industry for many years, completing repeatability studies, batch measurement, inspection and analysis on industrial components from single turbine blades to complete jet turbine engines and full aircraft. Our exemplary service has built us a reputation over the years as the leading service provider of 3D Structured Light scanning services within the UK. As a business our company has grown substantially over recent years, and this has allowed us to improve our facilities and refine our business processes to ensure that we continue to deliver the highest level of accuracy and traceability for our customers.

At our facility in Guildford, Surrey, we operate a state-of-the-art metrology facility optimised for 3D optical measurement with environmental monitoring and controls including precise temperature control, diffused airflow distribution, optimised lighting and humidity monitoring to ensure any effects are understood and mitigated.

Physical Digital receive Nadcap accreditation for demonstrating ongoing commitment to quality by satisfying customer requirements and industry specifications.

 

Our Managing Director Tim Rapley commented: “Physical Digital is the first company in the world to achieve a NADCAP accreditation for Measurement and Inspection using 3D Structured Light. Using industry-leading GOM metrology systems, we specialise in capturing high-accuracy surface data for a wide variety of industrial sectors such as Aerospace and Power Generation. All measurement data captured is completed under the rigorous constraints and stringent business processes, with all data traceable back to the international standard. This accreditation is the highest accolade that we could have hoped to achieve as a business and as Managing Director and company founder, it fills me with pride. It is also well-deserved recognition for the hard work and dedication of our highly-skilled and experienced team of Metrologist and Engineers. Achieving a Nadcap accreditation of our 3DSL services will provide our customers with the added assurance that Physical Digital deliver the highest quality data with unprecedented levels of traceability”.

 

“Nadcap accreditation is universally acknowledged as a significant undertaking. Validating compliance to industry standards, best practices and customer requirements, Nadcap has long been incorporated by the aerospace industry into their risk mitigation activity. Congratulations are therefore due to Physical Digital as their hard work has resulted in achieving Nadcap accreditation for Measurement and Inspection using 3D Structured Light and their supporting company Quality Management System,” commented Michael J. Hayward, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the Performance Review Institute.

Click here to find out more about our Nadcap Measurement and Inspection services using 3D Structured Light.

About Nadcap: 

Created in 1990 by SAE International, Nadcap is administered by the not-for-profit Performance Review Institute (PRI). PRI is a global provider of customer-focused solutions designed to improve process and product quality by adding value, reducing total cost and promoting collaboration among stakeholders in industries where safety and quality are shared goals. PRI works closely with industry to understand their emerging needs and offers customized solutions in response. Learn more at www.p-r-i.org or contact PRI at PRI@p-r-i.org

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A roller-coaster weekend for WSR at Donington Park

Colin Turkington & Tom Oliphant, Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport, BTCC, Donington Park, UK

Double win for Team BMW’s new 330i M Sport at Donington Park

Team BMW and Colin Turkington claimed a sensational Donington Park double win to soar to the head of the British Touring Car Teams’ Championship with the new 330i M Sport. Colin’s pair of victories for the WSR-run team made him the top scorer of the weekend and moved him up to third in the Drivers’ standings; just five points off the top spot.

And there was more success for Team BMW as Tom Oliphant scored his first BTCC podium finish with third in Race One and both drivers finished all three races for the second meeting in a row. Having qualified on pole position, Colin got his race weekend off to a perfect start with a lights-to-flag victory in Race One. He made a clean getaway and, after twice pulling away from the field (only for a Safety Car to close the gap), the Northern Irishman stretched his lead to win by 2.254 seconds.

An almost identical second race, including two Safety-Car periods, resulted in another victory – one more than me managed across the whole of his 2018 title-winning season!

It was far from easy, as he had to manage the 54kg success ballast that had been added to the car – and which he would also carry in the third and final race.

Starting 10th for the finale; and enabling the team to run the new car on maximum success ballast and on the hard slick-tyre compound for the first time – it proved successful, with ninth place the result. Team-mate Tom made a magnificent start in the opening race to move up three spots to sixth; cementing the overtaking with a brave manoeuvre around the outside of Redgate corner.  Enjoying a return to rear-wheel drive racing, the Leamington Spa racer moved into third by mid-race distance and, having opened up a nice gap to fourth, consolidated his position to score his first BTCC podium.

Tom made another magnificent start in Race Two, momentarily moving up to second before becoming embroiled in a close battle for a podium position. Carrying 42kg success ballast, he slipped to sixth and looked set for another very strong result, before an ambitious overtaking move from behind spun his BMW 330i M Sport at Redgate corner on the penultimate lap.

He resumed in 17th; a great shame after showing such a good race pace and compromising his race three ambitions. Tom also used the hard compound slick in Race Three which, apart from the Thruxton test, was the first time he had driven on it. Starting 15th, he did extremely well to finish a trouble-free 13th.

Colin Turkington said: “It’s been an excellent weekend. What pleases me most is to score well in all three race; it’s no good having two wins and a DNF, you have to put good points in the bag three times. Ninth in race three, with full success ballast and the hard tyre, is an excellent result and we’ve also learnt a lot from race three.”

Tom Oliphant said: “I was very pleased with my Race One podium finish, it was a dream start, but the rest of the day didn’t really go to plan. Overall, it’s been a weekend of missed opportunities, having been spun around in the second race, but on the flip side I’ve scored my first BTCC podium. It’s almost silly feeling disappointed given our race pace today, and I’m leaving Donington confident that there are many more podiums to come in the new 330i M Sport”.

Dick Bennetts, Team Principal, said: “We’re still learning with the new BMW 330i M Sport and it certainly has a great deal of potential. It’s reliable too, as Colin and Tom have finished every race so far this season. This weekend we ran the car without weight, then with maximum success ballast and then with weight on the hard tyre in a race for the very first time, and whilst we still have a lot to learn everything appears very positive going forward. To have a brand new car and to finish so well in the points in each race, and to be leading the Teams’ Championship at such an early stage of the season, is very encouraging.”

Jordan bruised but thankful for strength of BMW after Donington BTCC race incident

BMW Pirtek Racing driver Andrew Jordan missed out on a chance to score more British Touring Car Championship points after a crash in the opening race at Donington Park on Sunday damaged his BMW 330i M Sport and saw the 2013 champion taken to hospital for a precautionary medical check.

The 29-year-old Lichfield driver, who had given the brand-new BMW 330i M Sport its first race victory at Brands Hatch, had made a good start to the race.

But his race weekend came to a dramatic end on the opening lap at the Old Hairpin when he was hit from behind and spun sideways in the middle of the 30-car field.

Unfortunately the WSR-run BMW sustained a second sizeable impact when another car then hit him hard in the driver’s door, which started a multi-car collision.

Andrew exited his race car and walked to the attending medical vehicle, but was in some discomfort from the hefty side impact. He was taken to hospital for a precautionary check, where it was found he had bruised the cartilage on his torso.

This, together with the damaged sustained to the car, meant that he was forced to miss Races Two and Three – although he did return to watch the third and final race from the BMW Pirtek Racing pit garage.

Andrew Jordan said: “I had a cracking start, but when you’re in the midfield you can find yourself in amongst the idiots. I gave Rob [Collard] racing room; more than a car’s width, but he harpooned me in the rear and turned me around at the Old Hairpin. I was parked across the track and received a second really big hit in the door by Adam Morgan, although that wasn’t his fault. The safety cage has done everything it’s been designed to do, and full credit to WSR and BMW for building such a very strong car. It’s just a very unfortunate and frustrating incident, because we should have had a very strong day today.”

Dick Bennetts, Team Principal, said: “AJ has a few aches and pains, which is not surprising after a hard shunt like that, but it’s good to see that he has incurred nothing worse. We’ve built the new BMW 330i M Sport to 2020 FIA regulations, which we decided to do when the regulations were published earlier this year, and that might well have helped with this heavy impact. He’s a tough lad and we’ll get the car repaired and ready for him to bounce back next time out at Thruxton.”

Physical Digital are proud Technical Partners of WSR, supporting them with their 3D Scanning, reverse engineering and quality inspection requirements.

The next BTCC race weekend takes place at Thruxton on Sunday 19 May.

Photo credit JEP/BMW.

Jordan takes maiden BTCC win for BMW 330i M Sport

Logos BMW 330i M sport

Andrew Jordan took a brilliant first victory for the brand-new BMW 330i M Sport at Brands Hatch at the opening British Touring Car Championship weekend of 2019.

The BMW Pirtek Racing driver charged through from 15th on the grid in Race Two to deliver a masterful performance in a car that ran beautifully once the 1.2-mile Indy circuit dried out from early rain.

Treacherous track conditions had blighted the first race and the WSR-run team opted to start on Dunlop wet tyres, but once the race got underway, those further down the grid who had gambled on slicks proved quicker.

Despite running second in the early stages, from third on the grid, the 2013 champion faded to 15th by the flag.

Determined to fight back in Race Two, and equipped with the superior-on-the-day control tyre, Andrew rocketed off the line and by the end of lap one had passed seven cars.

He then dispatched rival after rival in a scintillating display that culminated in him moving into the lead on the outside of the pit straight with eight laps to run. Fastest lap and a dominant win were just reward for a superb drive.

With 54kg of success ballast and the option tyres underneath him, Andrew was never likely to repeat that performance from 11th on Race Three’s partially-reversed grid, but still he fought gamely in the top 10 before contact forced him to pit.

Andrew Jordan said: “This has been an amazing weekend for us and the new BMW 330i M Sport. To get the first win for the new 3 Series on its debut weekend means everything to me. An hour into the first day we tested it, I was ready to race it. The car felt very good all weekend. I was a little bit cautious in the damp because we used to struggle with that with old car, but it felt very good. In Race Two, I was conscious of protecting the control tyres, especially since all the people around me were on softer tyres. But the option tyre turned out to be less competitive and after that it was a case of picking them off one by one. When it came to Ash Sutton in the lead, I knew he would be a tough cookie so I had to try and be patient. But his tyres were deteriorating, and my car felt very strong. So I tried to be on him coming off Clearways and with his tyres getting worse my advantage was greater. Last year felt winless for me [in spite of an inherited victory at Knockhill], so to get this victory in such commanding style is great. I did the easy bit though, the team have done an astonishing job with this car.”

Dick Bennetts, Team Principal, said: “That is mission accomplished for us. AJ has looked strong all weekend and in Race Two, when he was on the control tyre, the car was just mega. We’ve won quite a bit at Brands Hatch with the old car, but I think while we are still tapping into the new BMW’s potential, we couldn’t have hoped to do so well so quickly. We are still learning what it likes, what it doesn’t like and have to do a stock take after this weekend. But now I am very encouraged. We knew we were good yesterday, and we just made a wrong tyre call in Race One, but the rest of the weekend has shown us we that have a strong year ahead of us.”

Team BMW’s new 330i M Sport shines on BTCC debut

Team BMW came away from the opening weekend of their triple British Touring Car Championship title defence hugely encouraged by the performance of the new BMW 330i M Sport at Brands Hatch.

Not only did the WSR-run car win in the hands of BMW Pirtek Racing driver Andrew Jordan, stable-mate and reigning champion Colin Turkington was able to deliver his own blistering performance, setting fastest lap and recording a top-five finish in the final race of the day.

Turkington and his impressive new team-mate Tom Oliphant were not able to capitalise on strong qualifying performances for Race One, when difficult conditions left them no choice but to opt to start on wet tyres.

This compromised their race pace as drivers lower down the grid who had gambled on slicks gained an advantage on the drying track.

Starting in the midfield in Race Two, Colin and Tom worked their way back up to 14th and 15th on the less competitive Dunlop option tyre, setting the stage for a grandstand finish,  which they duly delivered.

In an eventful final race of the day Colin, now on the control tyre and without ballast, charged through, passing nine cars on his way to fifth and fastest lap. While Tom impressively tracked him throughout to record his career-best BTCC finish in sixth.

Colin Turkington said: “Fastest lap and fifth place in the final race of the day was pleasing and it was good to pick up some really useful points. We’re still learning about the brand new 3 Series and I think it is just going to take a bit more time to tailor it to my style. That will come with time and once we unlock that potential, we will fly. I know that we have to dig quite deep in terms of analysis but there are another 27 races to go and we just have to find the right set-up, and no doubt this team will. It’s a strong start and a fantastic effort by the whole team.”

Tom Oliphant said: “We knew we had a quick car, and when we finally got to race in one constant track condition in Race Three, we were able to show that. I got a good start, went around a few cars and I was right behind Colin and I just said to myself ‘I am just going to follow him’. I knew he would make the moves. We had the same car, same tyres and same set-up so every move he went for, I just pushed through. I’m really, really pleased. The car felt great, exactly the way it had in testing and it’s brilliant that we managed to end the day on a high and score some big points for Team BMW. Between us and AJ we showed what the car can do. The guys have done an extraordinary job with this car and I can’t wait to race it again.”

Dick Bennetts, Team Principal, said: “We can be very satisfied with this weekend. Colin finished fifth in Race Three and looked very strong, and had we started higher up, we probably would have been in the running for a podium. We will have to work a little bit with Colin to get the car to suit his driving style, but it will come. I’m also very impressed with Tom, who recorded his best result in the BTCC this weekend. At no point did he look any different to the other two, who are both champions, and was right on Colin’s tail in Race Three. Overall this has been a very good weekend and considering how many hours everyone has put in to get these three BMW 330i M Sports ready for this weekend, the results are a tremendous testament to the team’s hard work. All three cars finished all three races, which is excellent reliability. To have a win [through BMW Pirtek Racing’s Andrew Jordan] with the brand-new car, complete with two fastest laps, shows we have a lot to look forward to.”

Working together since 2017

Physical Digital were delighted to attend the first weekend of this years British Touring Car Championship as sponsors of WSR. Physical Digital proudly provide 3D scanning and reverse engineering services to WSR as their approved Technical Partners. Working together since 2017, Dick Bennetts (WSR Team Principal) recently commented:

“ Physical Digital have been a great asset to WSR in the early stages of the design of our new BMW 3 Series BTCC race cars. Without their assistance with the 3D scanning of various parts, it would have taken our design guys a lot longer to achieve.

Tim and all the guys  have always been on hand ready to assist when needed. Greatly appreciated”

Photo credit JEP/BMW.

Discussing the workforce of the future at The House of Commons

Tim Rapley and Zak Rapley attend T Level and Apprenticeships event

As the owner of an influential SME within the South-East region, our MD Tim Rapley was invited to attend an event held at The House of Commons earlier this week, hosted by the EFSA to discuss T Level and Apprenticeships within the South East region. The event was held in conjunction with the Federation of Small Businesses and the South East Apprenticeship Ambassador Network at the Terrace Pavilion at the House of Commons.

Invited by MP Apprenticeship Ambassador Gillian Keegan (Con, Chichester), the purpose was to hear from a wide spectrum of the South East SME business community about topics such as apprenticeship engagement, as well as feedback on the plans for the new T Levels. The event was also to understand the ability of SMEs offering meaningful and structured industry placements as part of the Technical Level offer for 16-18 year olds from September 2020 in Construction, Education & Childcare, and Digital routes.

Talks were held by Mike Cherry, the FSB National Chair, and Gillian to discuss how employers can gain a competitive advantage by connecting in greater numbers with apprenticeships; and how T Levels can enable young people to gain the transferable skills and experience that they need to progress in their careers.

Tim Rapley commented: “Having sat on the panel for the NPL Apprentices Metrology Trailblazer and as an influential business owner within the metrology industry,  we are eager to support future generations of engineers. As part of this education Physical Digital pay visits to schools, UTC’s, colleges and universities providing an overview and giving demonstrations of our industry leading 3D scanning technology.”

“The event was well attended by business representatives and education providers from the South East, along with Apprentice Ambassadors and representatives from the Department for Education & Skills. We had an over view from Gillian on what the government is doing pre and post launch of this program. Talks were also given by Mike Cherry supporting the SME, plus presentations on number on a case studies for apprentices of all ages and academic backgrounds.”

“I was introduced to Gillian and to several people on her team who were overseeing the roll out and implementation of this program and they were very interested to understand more from our experience as a SME. My son Zak Rapley, who is currently undertaking an apprenticeship scheme with Mondelez (Cadbury), also attended and provided an overview of his experience of  the apprenticeship system so far. It was a pleasure to be invited and kept up-to-date with the latest developments of this program and we look forward to supporting apprentices in the future.”