Renishaw brings connected metrology to Silverstone’s Digital Manufacturing Centre

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The Silverstone-based Digital Manufacturing Centre (DMC) a new facility which will focus on advanced manufacturing and productivity, is expanding its partnership with Gloucestershire global manufacturing technology leader Renishaw, which has provided new connected metrology equipment. This new agreement is critical to the DMC’s on-site machining and inspection capabilities, delivered by precision engineering specialist Produmax.

The partnership will see Produmax’s machining and inspection services linked into the DMC’s intelligent, connected process chain, making a ‘digital twin’ in the real-world application of Industry 4.0 principles. Thanks to Renishaw, Produmax’s connected metrology solutions will significantly enhance the DMC’s efficiency and ability to deliver exceptional parts for the most demanding sectors.

Jeremy Ridyard, Managing Director at Produmax, said: “Metrology is an essential aspect of delivering industry-leading machining, finishing and inspection services. Thanks to the support of Renishaw, we are bringing world-class metrology capabilities to the DMC, allowing us to digitally connect the entire process chain.

“This new agreement will enable us to link all the steps, each providing data to inform subsequent operations. Through digital connectivity and our well-established Quality Management Systems, the DMC will confidently deliver on the requirements of a wide variety of sectors, from aerospace to industrial.”

Jonathan Archer, General Manager at Renishaw, added: “Renishaw offers a breadth of technologies that can be applied throughout the end-to-end manufacturing chain. Our technologies can collect data throughout the manufacturing process; from initial set-up to in-process measurements and final part verification. We look forward to collaborating with the DMC in realising the benefits of connecting this data to support the DMC’s smart, sustainable manufacturing.”

Kieron Salter, Chief Executive Officer at the DMC, said: “We are thrilled to have Renishaw play such a central role in enabling critical elements of the DMC. Together, alongside Produmax, we are realising the potential of connected additive and subtractive manufacturing. The addition of connected metrology is yet another demonstration of our ambition to level up UK manufacturing and establish ourselves as a world leader in advanced manufacturing.”

Headquartered in Silverstone Park, the DMC will realise the disruptive potential of additive and connected manufacturing. Providing serial production parts and technology solutions, the DMC was created by leading engineering company KW Special Projects and made possible through significant investment from the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP).