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Aerospace

Physical Digital® – COVID-19 announcement

November 2020

We are delighted to still be operating safely.

Further to the most recent Government announcement regarding the national lockdown from Thursday 5th November 2020, Physical Digital Ltd are pleased to able to continue offering our 3D scanning, design and reverse engineering services. We will review all planned site based activities during this time and liaise directly with our clients. In all cases such working will be in line with current risk assessments as agreed with the client.  If working at your premises, we will work with you to complete a site working risk assessment which will identify measures required to mitigate any perceived risks, in order to protect both our engineers and your staff.

Should you require any clarification about how our team are continuing to operate safely during these difficult times, please do speak with your Project Lead or contact us on 01483 750200.

The team at Physical Digital look forward to working with you soon.

October 2020

In light of the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic, the team here at Physical Digital have implemented a number of changes to our working practises to comply with the most up-to-date government guidelines. As such we are delighted to still be offering both in-house and on-site 3D scanning services to our customers.  These safety measures ensure the safety and well-being of both our customers and our staff.  As the UK Government guidelines evolve to address geographical hot spots and local lockdowns, we amend our approach accordingly.

Our Engineers will complete a Coronavirus – Site Working risk assessment document prior to visiting any customer site to complete 3D measurement, to confirm that safe working conditions can be assured. The site engineer will confirm all agreed actions have been implemented by the customer to mitigate the risk before starting work on site. We expect all our customers to act responsibly and help maintain a safe working environment for all. Should our customers require us to complete a Coronavirus health check document or their own risk assessment documents before attending site, we would be happy to do so. Please discuss this with our staff at the time of booking in any 3D Scanning services.

In order to protect our customers and colleagues, all visitors to our site are required to complete a Coronavirus health questionnaire no more than 48 hours before visiting. All visitors will also be required to have their temperature taken before entering the site and should be wearing a mask that covers both the nose and mouth.

All deliveries to site, including items sent for 3D scanning, are placed in quarantine for 24 hours. This should be factored into any timescales when discussing potential projects with our team.

Should you wish to discuss any aspects of your project in relation to the restrictions in place for Covid-19, please do give us a call on 01483 750200 or email info@physicaldigital.com where a member of our team would be happy to help.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our customers for their continued support during this uncertain and strange time.

2019 – Physical Digital® Review of the Year

Physical Digital® review 2019 - 3D Measurement Services

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.

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.

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.