Hi-Tech Metrology completed 20 successful years in business in April 2012, having grown during that time to become Australia’s leading specialist supplier of metrology equipment and related services.
Managing Director Ian Martin established the company in 1992 to promote and support the Sheffield Measurement range of co-ordinate measuring machines (CMMs). Beginning with a small Bayswater (Vic) factory, the company today operates a large network of offices and showrooms around Australia with an established distributor providing coverage on the North and South islands of New Zealand.
Headquartered in the Melbourne suburb of Hallam, its purpose built facility houses offices, a showroom, a laboratory and a training classroom.
Encouraged by its success with selling Sheffield Measurement CMMs to leading companies such as Dunlop Aerospace (now Rosebank Engineering), Hawker de Havilland, Ford and Robert Bosch, Hi-Tech Metrology took on distribution of other complementary metrology products, signing a number of contracts with select key hardware manufacturers such as Micro-Vu, Romer, Brown & Sharpe, Hexagon Metrology and Hommelwerke, as well as software developers Innovmetric and Wilcox Associates.
In late 1995, the company was approached by PBR (now Chassis Brakes International) to provide CMMs capable of functioning in a shopfloor environment and being operated by machine tool operators. Working in conjunction with Sheffield Measurement, Hi-Tech Metrology developed a highly successful system, incorporating a pressurised enclosure encapsulating the CMM to keep contaminants away from the machine, and a software system called STI (Single Touch Interface) that allowed unskilled personnel to walk up and measure parts.
PBR rolled out the successful CMM across its manufacturing facilities in both Australia and the USA. Sheffield Measurement eventually developed the shop-hardened Discovery series CMM, eliminating the need for pressurised enclosures.
The concept of shopfloor CMMs was then picked up by GMH, amongst others, and multiple machines were incorporated into Holden’s new V6 engine plant in Port Melbourne. Hi-Tech Metrology initially delivered, configured, programmed and installed these CMMs at various machine tool manufacturing plants in Japan to support the machining line run-offs. Then, once the machining lines were verified, these CMMs were shipped to Australia and integrated into the cylinder head, cylinder block and crankshaft production lines in Melbourne, along with specialised crankshaft measuring systems manufactured by Hommelwerke GmbH.
As technology continues to evolve, Hi-Tech Metrology is looking forward to many more examples of the innovative way in which metrology and scanning equipment can be used to improve productivity and ultimately enhance a company’s bottom line. Technologies supplied by Hi-Tech Metrology include tactile CMMs, video CMMs, portable arm, laser scanning, photogrammetry, surface and form, laser tracker, optical tracker, white light scanning, motion tracking and more, all of which can be customised and optimised to suit specific applications.
Backed by a highly skilled staff, Hi-Tech Metrology is able to help customers achieve the best possible outcomes concerning their measurement needs through the supply of world-class equipment, training, customisation, advice and support.
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