Tuesday, August 19, 2014

We’re Headed to IMTS 2014-North America’s Biggest Manufacturing show. Are You?

We will be attending the 30th edition of the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) September 8-13th in Chicago.  

This year’s show is going to be huge. It is estimated that there will be 100,000 attendees and over 2,000 exhibitors. Displays will include the latest in machine tools, control systems, computers, software, data management, and systems and process tools that can improve efficiency and manufacturing capabilities.

Wenzel will be there in force. You can find us in three different places actually, depending on what metrology solution you need - CMMs, Gear Measuring or 3D Non-Contact scanning. You can see our cutting edge machines in each of these three measuring areas at three different booths.

gear measuringOur main showcase will be located in the QA Pavilion at booth # E-5698, where our display will be centered around high accuracy, non-contact metrology. We will feature our computer tomography (CT) system and the exaCT XS. You’ll also be able to see the Wenzel XOrbit 55 CMM, fitted with our newest Phoenix II white light sensor.

This year we also have shared space with the gold standard in sensor technology, Renishaw. We will showcase the precision and accuracy at the core of both our companies with our newest LH Generation CMM fitted with a Renishaw REVO 5 Axis Scanning Probe. You can find Renishaw’s booth #E-5510, in the QA area of the East Hall.

Finally, building on our 2013 partnership with Liebherr Gear Technology, Inc., Wenzel will be hosted at their booth #N-6930 in the Gear Generation Pavilion where we’ll highlight our newest WGT gear measuring machines, the WGT-400.

Hope to see you there and show you how you can improve quality, throughput and over all manufacturing capabilities with Wenzel’s latest metrology innovations.

Head on over to our online metrology solutions knowledge center at www.wenzelamerica.com, use our Ask a Question service, call us at 248.295.4300 or email us at info@wenzelamerica.com. Whether you need CMMs, Gear Measuring, CT and non-contact 3D Scanning measuring machines or the best metrology training in North America, we are at your service.
About Wenzel America
Wenzel America, Ltd is the North American division of Wenzel Group GmbH & Co. KG, a 45-year-old, family-owned, world-leading manufacturer of metrology solutions. We are located in Wixom, Michigan.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Need the Right Measuring Machine Solution, Right Now? So Did These Guys.

A little while ago everyone’s favorite customer – one that is growing and expanding, contacted us. Due to increased business, this Tier 2 supplier needed the right metrology solution and they needed it right now.

Luckily, we are experts in two things – the right metrology solution and “right now.”

The company was a mid-sized Michigan manufacturer in Macomb County. They specialize in heavy truck and military applications and they wanted a quality, used measuring machine to upgrade their measuring processes.

We’d just put up the listing for a newly refurbished and upgraded, value pre-owned measuring machine when they called us and said they wanted it, sight unseen. Perfect customer. All we needed to do was ship.

Only one problem - it wasn’t what they needed.

Don’t get us wrong, we love to recycle granite and we love giving our customers what they want, but what we love more is solving metrology problems and giving customers the absolute best metrology solution that fits their needs and does the measuring job they want done.
measuring machine
XCite DCC Measuring Machine

Our real mission is giving you the exact technology you need to increase your production line quality and increase your throughput and speed.

If we can do that by recycling old granite with top to bottom refurb and the latest measuring machine software, we will. But what we won’t do, is sell you something that isn’t the best long-term investment just because it’s what we have ready to ship or because its easier than giving you the best metrology solution for you.

After talking to Drew Shemanski, our Great Lakes Regional Sales Manager, they realized the Mitutoyu CMM they saw would not really do the job they needed done.
Drew has more than a decade of solving the toughest metrology problems and he helped this customer figure out exactly what they needed which was what they really wanted all along.

The best long-term investment ended up being a new XCite DCC measuring machine with the latest OpenDMIS 5.5 software. The small jump in investment is going to pay off with a truly future-proof CMM system that gives the quality assurance they actually need plus a much longer product life cycle.

Moving Fast to Meet Customer Needs

From the first call, there was no mistaking the urgency of getting the right measuring machine as quickly as possible. With that in mind, the Wenzel America team consulted them onsite and got their technician into our CMM training facility immediately to get up to speed on the new measuring machine and OpenDMIS 5.5. 

Our goal was to get the new XCite DCC fully operational in their company as soon as possible and get their quality assurance processes going at full tilt.

Total time from initial phone call all the way through measuring problem discovered, measuring problem solved, measuring machine training done, and measuring machine installed?

A month?

Three weeks?

How about one week.  That’s right, one week. That’s all it took.

The stability and accuracy of our all-granite frames is of equal importance to us as our ability to be agile, fast and innovative.

Looking for CMM Training on a Wenzel measuring machine you already own?

Our next OpenDMIS Basic Training is Tuesday September 9th and Quartis Basic Training is Friday August 29th.  You can find the OpenDMIS course syllabus right here.  Our full list of training dates along with Directions and Lodging are found here.

Got Questions? We’ve got answers. 

Just use our Ask A Question button or call us at 248-295-4300.  Our metrology experts can help you with high-value pre-owned machines or the latest Wenzel measuring machines from shop-floor to gantry CMMs, 3D non-contact measurement, and everything in between.