Pupils at University Technical College (UTC) South Durham are using a Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence ROMER Absolute portable measuring arm as part of their studies. In addition to normal school lessons, groups of 14-18-year-olds spend a day each week on manufacturing and engineering projects set by founding members of the Newton Aycliffe-based college which includes the University of Sunderland.
Students are tasked by tutors to identify root causes, resolve issues and develop solutions to a series of industry-related scenarios, explained David Land, the vice chair of the UTC governing body.The measuring arm has already been widely used on a number of projects, in particular, for performing scanning assignments. “It’s an excellent piece of kit and gives our students the opportunity not only to use modern technology, but also understand how it can be utilised in the manufacturing environment,” said David.
Hexagon was chosen to supply the equipment after the successful installation of a TIGO SF co-ordinate measuring machine and ROMER arm at Sunderland University’s Institute for Automotive and Manufacturing Advanced Practice (AMAP).
“We’re delighted to provide South Durham, the first UTC in the region, with a ROMER Absolute portable measuring arm and support a new era in technical education for young people,” commented Brett Green, Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence’s general manager.