With many of Lesk Engineers’ customers being in the aerospace, automotive and defence sectors, many of the components it manufactures are used in incredibly complex systems or vehicles.
This often means a high degree of precision is required, with even slight deviations rendering the component unusable.
To produce these components, Lesk Engineers uses its CMM which automatically measures components’ dimensions without the need for a worker to do it manually.
However, Lesk Engineers’ old CMM could not output data on measurements coordinates nor analyse the findings fast enough to keep up with product demand from customers.
To free the bottleneck, Lesk Engineers needed to capture and analyse data at a far greater rate and increase operations of the CMM to 24 hours a day without the need for workers to be on site.
This could be done by investing in a ‘cobot’ – a type of robot that performs functions alongside a human worker – which would operate the CMM while staff were away.
However, the company was unsure of the best options and was uneasy about investing capital.
Later, at a networking event in Malvern, Lesk Engineers’ owner Jim McBride met Martyn Mangan, Digital Transformation Specialist for Made Smarter in the Worcestershire Growth Hub area.
Jim told Martyn about the challenges Lesk Engineers was facing, and Martyn explained the benefits of the Made Smarter programme and how Jim could register.