Global metrology specialist, Renishaw was honoured in April 2012 with its 15th Queen's Award for Enterprise.
Renishaw received the award in the Innovation category for the SP80 ultra-high accuracy analogue scanning probe. Employees Pete Hajdukiewicz and Andy Butter, who worked on the design of the probe, represented the company at an awards evening reception held recently at Buckingham Palace in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.
The SP80 is used on Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMMs) for the highly accurate measurement of complex parts such as automotive and power train components. It is designed for the highly accurate measurement of parts with deep features and can therefore carry very long styli, up to 800mm in length, with no significant degradation in measuring performance.
According to Mr Butter, the duo also had the rare opportunity to share a few words with the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh who were interested in hearing about Renishaw, which made the evening truly memorable.
The Queen's Awards for Enterprise are made each year by Her Majesty the Queen, on the advice of the British Prime Minister, who is assisted by an Advisory Committee that includes representatives of Government, industry and commerce, and the trade unions. The Awards are given solely on merit with the number of honours presented each year depending on the quality of the applications received.
Renishaw Oceania represents the Renishaw Group in Australia.