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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.

End of Season Success for Team BMW and West Surrey Racing

• Team BMW’s Colin Turkington seals record-equalling BTCC title

Triumphing at an astonishing season finale at Brands Hatch, Colin Turkington becoming British Touring Car Champion for a record-equalling fourth time as Team BMW, run by West Surrey Racing (WSR) won a series of accolades including Manufacturer’s title for a fourth consecutive year.

Coming into the last of 30 races held this year at the iconic Kent venue, Colin needed to overturn an eight-point deficit to chief rival Dan Cammish, and was forced to start 25th on the grid in his BMW 330i M Sport after being controversially spun by Cammish’s team mate to the back in Race Two. But a staggering fightback brought him into the top 10 by half-distance, and with Cammish crashing with a lap-and-a-half to go, sixth place – added to fifth and 25th in the earlier races – proved enough to make him champion for the fourth time by just two points.

Completing the success story, BMW Pirtek Racing’s Andrew Jordan – whose 3 Series is also run by WSR – sealed the runner-up spot in the British Touring Car Championship with a podium finish on one of the most dramatic days in the series’ 62-year history at Brands Hatch.

This also enabled Dick Bennetts’ team to give BMW the Manufacturers’ title for a fourth consecutive season, and in the debut year of the new 3 Series, which won 11 races across the year and did not suffer a single mechanically-related retirement. It is the 12th overall BTCC crown won by WSR in the past 11 seasons.

Tim Rapley, Managing Director of Physical Digital, who have sponsored West Surrey Racing since  2017, said: “This season has been a whirlwind of superb racing and dramatic climaxes. We have been thrilled that our technical expertise and support has helped WSR’s success and are really proud of all the drivers and the whole WSR team.”

Dick Bennetts, WSR Team Principal, said: “Physical Digital has been a great asset to WSR in the early stages of the design of our new BMW 3 Series BTCC race cars. Without its assistance with the 3D scanning of various parts, it would have taken our design guys a lot longer to achieve the same answers. Tim and all the guys have always been on hand ready to assist when needed. It is greatly appreciated.”

Colin Turkington said: “After what happened in Race Two with being spun to the back and having to start the last race 25th, I knew I had nothing to lose, but when I crossed the line I was just in a state of shock. I’ve never won a championship in this way. Of course I feel for the other guys, but I’m also incredibly proud of this team and the work that’s been put in across the season with a brand-new BMW. I never would have dreamed that one day I’d equal the record of four championships, but here I am. That was the race of my life and I’m absolutely thrilled with this result.”

Dick Bennetts, Team Principal, said: “Colin has now equalled the all-time record of four championships, and he’s won them all in WSR BMWs, so I’m incredibly proud of him and of the job done by the whole team. The new BMW 3 Series first turned a wheel the day before the season launch, and we have managed to win 11 races and not retired from a single race due to a technical problem.”

Agonisingly for Andrew Jordan, his result left him just two points away from winning a second title, but did ensure a first one-two finish in the end-of-season points for WSR. Across 2019, Andrew has won six races – more than any other driver – and led more laps than any of his rivals, and did this despite missing two races at Donington Park earlier in the season through injury. His superb form helped BMW claim the Manufacturers’ Championship for a fourth straight season while BMW Pirtek Racing finished sixth in the Teams’ Championship and best of the single-car entries.

Andrew Jordan said: “I’m really proud of the way I’ve performed this year and of the job done by the team at BMW Pirtek Racing and WSR. Right now, I feel pretty gutted to have missed the championship by two points – which is one position in this final race – but we’ve won more races than anybody else, led more laps than anybody else and pushed Colin [Turkington] harder than any of his team-mates have in his title-winning seasons. I’ve had three great years here, helped BMW win the Manufacturers’ title every time, and had stronger and stronger seasons.”

 

 

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.

All to play for at Brands Hatch after exciting weekend for WSR at Silverstone

Colin Turkington (GBR) WSR BMW

BMW Pirtek Racing’s Andrew Jordan remains solidly in the hunt for the British Touring Car Championship after three hard-fought points finishes in a chaotic series of races and wet conditions at Silverstone.

The 2013 champion, who is seeking a second title in his West Surrey racing (WSR)-run BMW 330i M Sport, twice finished eighth and added a 10th-place result on a day when rain and some bizarre on-track incidents added to the drama.

His results helped to increase BMW’s advantage at the head of the Manufacturers’ Championship and leaves him 17 points away from series leader Colin Turkington – whose Team BMW car is also run by WSR – with 67 available at the season finale. Andrew took advantage of multiple incidents to climb from 14th to 10th in Race One, his choice to use the soft-option Dunlop tyres in that race aiding his climb, despite his BMW being weighed down by 48kg success ballast. Switching from slick tyres to wet rubber when the rain began to intensify in Race 3, he fell outside the top 20, but climbed to eighth by the chequered flag. Three races remain of the 2019 season with Andrew in a five-way fight for the title, which will be decided at Brands Hatch on October 12-13.

Andrew Jordan said: “It’s been an up-and-down weekend. When the weather does this and throws you into uncertainty over set-up just before the start of a race, you can easily throw away huge amounts of points with a small mistake. We didn’t do that, only lost five points to Colin and now we can regroup and go for it again at Brands Hatch.”

Team effort

A battling second-place finish helped Colin Turkington increase his British Touring Car Championship advantage on a chaotic day of racing at Silverstone. The Northern Irishman staged a remarkable fightback from 14th on the Race-Two grid in his WSR-run BMW 330i M Sport to carve through the field and record his eighth podium finish of the year in a race that was cut short of its intended distance due to the onset of rain. More rain followed in the early stages of Race Three; Colin pitting for wet tyres during a safety-car period and emerging in 25th spot; from which he rebounded magnificently to finish seventh. His results mean he leaves Silverstone with a 16-point advantage over his nearest rival in the championship; five more than he began the day with.

Colin Turkington said: “I’m very pleased to leave with a bigger lead than I came here with. When you get hit with this kind of variable weather, you know anything can happen, but we worked extremely hard together as a team to try and make sure we had what we needed to just keep getting the results. It’s going to be a very interesting finale.”

Team-mate Tom Oliphant; the fastest Team BMW driver in qualifying, started the opening race from fifth spot and finished there too after a strong drive. Despite carrying 30kg success ballast into Race Two, the Leamington Spa-based driver made storming progress and fought his way up to the lead by half-distance, at which point the appearance of the safety car reduced his advantage to nothing.

In unfavourable conditions, Tom finished the race in seventh and then put on one of the drives of his career after electing to pit for wet tyres when the rain fell in Race Three. Falling to 21st as a result, he battled back to fourth place.

Not only was Tom the third-highest points-scorer of the weekend, he was also the leading Jack Sears Trophy competitor in each of the three races, meaning he was awarded the trophy for the round on the end-of-day podium. With four consecutive maximum scores to his name, he is now just 10 points away from the JST lead with 60 points up for grabs at the season finale.

He said: “It’s been a very strong race day, and a very strong weekend. We’ve had a quick car in all conditions and scored a lot of points. I was disappointed not to get the win in Race Two. I’d made it to the front and then the conditions got a lot worse during the safety car, so I thought there was a chance it might get red-flagged at that point. It didn’t happen and on the hard tyre in those conditions, I just had to concentrate on keeping the car on the road. But there was the added bonus of winning the Jack Sears Trophy in all three races, so that championship is all to play for at Brands Hatch now.”

Dick Bennetts, Team Principal, said: “We knew today was going to be tough, but actually nobody in the title fight has really had a huge points total this weekend, so it’s been a great effort from everybody in difficult conditions to be the top-scoring team here. Colin’s a class act and he showed that on-track today in all three races and Tom’s been consistently one of the fastest drivers in all conditions. We’ve extended BMW’s lead in the Manufacturers’ Championship and closed in on the Teams’ Championship lead too, so I’m pleased with the effort everyone’s made. Now to do it all again at Brands Hatch and hopefully come away with the championship.”

The combined efforts of Colin and Tom made Team BMW the top-scoring team of the weekend to significantly close on the lead of the Teams’ Championship. They are just 20 points away from the top spot with 111 available at Brands Hatch on 12-13 October 2019.

Physical Digital is a proud Technical Partner of WSR, supporting them with 3D Scanning, reverse engineering and quality inspection requirements.

 

Photo credit JEP/BMW.

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 takes a stand at GOM ATOS Tech Day

ATOS Tech day

Physical Digital’s Managing Director Tim Rapley and team will be showcasing the company’s expertise and Nadcap Accredited 3DSL Measurement service as part of GOM’s ATOS Tech Day, held in Germany at the end of this month. The event, which is one of three global events, is held to showcase best in class solutions, alongside product updates for GOM’s global customers and partner network.

Tim says: “Physical Digital is the first company in the world to offer 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. We are incredibly proud, as a company, to have achieved this. To be able to showcase our work at such a high-profile and well-respected event in our industry is very exciting.”

The ATOS event which coincides as the launch event for GOM ‘s brand-new ATOS 5 Airfoil, a specialist technology for high-speed measurement processes across the gas turbine industry. It is also billed as an event set to inspire those in the 3D measuring and metrology worlds, keeping them informed of cutting edge solutions.

Tim adds: “At the event, we will also be highlighting our approach to projects and the work we have done for a number of aerospace and industrial gas turbine OEM and tier 1 suppliers. We are looking forward to catching up with old colleagues as well as making new connections, and emphasising the importance of accuracy,  precision and traceability of 3D measurement.”

Over 14,000 GOM measuring systems are used worldwide to ensure the dimensional quality of parts across many industrial sectors including: aerospace, automotive, sheet-metal, cast and injection moulded products as well as many specialist parts in the turbine industries.

Find out more about Physical Digital’s 3D scanning, measurement and inspection services by calling us on 01483 750200 or email info@physicaldigital.com.