Johnson Controls - Novo Mesto
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Measurement for Dummies

At the Johnson Controls manufacturing site in Novo Mesto, Slovenia, two hundred people are employed in the production and assembly of seats, interior fittings and chassis parts for the automotive industry. As sole supplier to Revoz, the Slovenian manufacturing subsidiary of Renault, Johnson Controls produces a number of critical parts for the seating setup of the latest-generation Renault Twingo. The company must meet the most demanding quality standards in its product delivery, and a strong working relationship with Hexagon Metrology helps the to team deliver such results.

Meeting new measurement requirements Johnson Controls has been using Hexagon Metrology equipment since purchasing a ROMER Sigma Arm portable measurement system in 2005 to conduct postassembly checks. In 2013, when the factory introduced an additional production line to weld seat frames in-house, the new application brought with it a new metrology requirement. Because of their previous good experience with Hexagon Metrology’s portable measurement equipment, the management team decided to invest in a new stationary coordinate measuring machine (CMM) from this same trusted supplier.

“We have always had good support from the highly professional and skilled team at the local Hexagon Metrology office here in Slovenia,” says Darko Pasič, Quality Engineer at Johnson Controls. “And of course we had to be sure the price was right for us too.”

After consultation about their tolerance requirements, the CMM that Johnson Controls selected to inspect components from the new product line prior to assembly was a Hexagon Metrology DEA GLOBAL Silver Performance 9.20.8 with PC-DMIS software. Compared to the measurement techniques previously in use at the factory, which relied on manually-operated callipers, height gauges and micrometers, the company saw an almost instant improvement in product quality using the CMM, as well as saving time and reducing waste parts.

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