The Italian MDC DESIGN manufactures control and industrial automation jigs, and expands its range of measurement services for third parties in the automotive and aerospace sectors
MDC DESIGN srl is a young and dynamic company that firmly believes in sharing individual experiences with the group, in order to develop high quality standards in design and manufacture. Thanks to many years of experience in the field of mechanics, MDC DESIGN is today a supplier of excellence on the market of control and industrial automation jigs, particularly in the automotive and construction sectors. aerospace. With innovative technological solutions, MDC DESIGN is available to all those who believe in technological progress based on experience, without however turning their backs on the future. Latest generation machinery and careful planning, to specification, allow the company to provide genuine support at every stage of product development.
Shared solutions, rapid design and execution, as well as after-sales support are the main elements that strengthen the relationship with customers. After thirteen years of continuous commercial growth, market requirements have led the company to create control machines based on increasingly sophisticated electronic tools capable of directly communicating the data collected. Thanks to continuous investments in technology, both in the field of design and in that of implementation, MDC DESIGN now uses modern software and special machines able to meet the needs of the sector, and to offer a wide range of measuring tools, designed using resins, aluminum blocks, or by casting aluminum alloys and steel.
The range ranges from simple measurement support for metrology rooms to complex automatic tools, including those that require pneumatic and electronic components. Experienced designers and state-of-the-art production equipment ensure a high level of quality and repeatability of measurements. The metrology department guarantees dimensional certification and quality equipment. MDC DESIGN is ISO 9001: 2015 certified
State-of-the-art quality control systems
Following the expansion and renewal of the factories, the next step was obviously to respect the highest national and international standards in the sector, with a high quality service, always more efficient and personalized. A feat that the company has achieved thanks to new investments allocated to the metrology sector. The company wanted a tool capable of reproducing components and parts in 3D, and transforming data into simple indications.
The demand for more and more precise controls and dimensional readings on production elements has become an essential element in the automotive field. In addition, the need to build ever larger equipment has driven MDC DESIGN towards the search for versatile, fast products that can guarantee the greatest precision. To achieve this goal, and in order to expand its range of services, the company evaluated various metrology technologies such as arm-mounted scanners and optical scanning instruments. Numerous tests have been carried out with regard to precision and repeatability. However, these systems have shown poor performance in terms of reliability and accuracy. After careful research, MDC DESIGN has chosen to invest in Creaform's MetraSCAN 3D and HandySCAN 3D scanners, in the HandyPROBE portable CMM, and in the Metrologic X4 software, for the management of the digitization and measurement of all templates. and components of the 3D metrology department. In addition, the new equipment is used in order to control large devices, which is practically impossible to carry out by means of manual measuring instruments. Other applications are to inspect plastic elements and collect data on raw materials, which allows MDC DESIGN to process CAD files directly within the CAD department, and to ensure the precise calculation of the excess material.
Creaform's portable measurement systems deliver significantly higher performance than traditional portable CMMs, even in production environments. Due to their portability and insensitivity to working conditions typical of production environments (e.g., handling, installation or vibration), they are very effective at measuring difficult-to-move parts. They are ideal for checking, measuring components and reverse engineering.
The reasons for this choice
In the past, metrological control was carried out using manual measuring methods. Creaform was chosen for its functionalities and the advantages it can offer: versatility, portability, speed, ease of use, and this, with configurations compatible in any type of environment. The improvement in quality, the increase in processing speed and the very easy interaction with the software are the main reasons for our choice. With the old CMM, MDC DESIGN was not able to scan efficiently. It was also limited by the size of the components as well as the lack of versatility and portability. The world of metrology is full of good alternatives, but the versatility of Creaform products convinced everyone and motivated the choice of our company.
The new devices were used by MDC DESIGN not only in the factory metrology room, but also in other departments of the company and at the customer's premises. The use of the new systems has considerably accelerated the measurement processes, thus improving the quality report, which has enabled us to meet the requirements of our customers, even those cases that were previously impossible for us to deal with. The use of this innovative system has brought important advantages: a wider scanning area without any limit in the detection of any type of shape and surface, and complete freedom of movement. This is because the HandySCAN 3D is very light and can therefore be easily transported to other places to offer customers a high level of service.
In conclusion, MDC DESIGN's management sums up the situation as follows: “Creaform was chosen because it perfectly reflects the fundamental points that underlie our mission: speed and precision. We are very happy with our choice, including technical support and staff training. "
Creaform in Italy Creaform is a global leader in portable 3D measurement solutions and engineering services, with offices based in Milan and the resources to meet growing demand from its local customers and partners in Italy, Europe's third largest market in metrology. To meet the strong market demand, a whole team of specialists is available to customers. Local offices also provide metrology services throughout Italy, and through target market product marketing initiatives, the company offers its expertise in metrology and 3D measurement solutions. The company provides innovative solutions and invaluable know-how so that its customers can face their production and quality control challenges, among other things through services such as 3D scanning, reverse engineering, production control. quality, non-destructive testing, product development and numerical simulation (FEA / MFN).
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