A need for speed - fast production facilitates faster track performances
Roush Yates Engines achieves rapid and accurate non-contact inspection of NASCAR engine components. With minimal need for fixtures and reliable non-contact inspection, iNEXIV VMA-4540 and CMM-Manager ticks all the boxes.
Since its inception in 2003, Roush Yates Engines has dominated NASCAR particularly, with many historic moments. With a commitment to partnering with the best-in-class companies, in 2018 Nikon Metrology and Roush Yates Engines announced a new partnership program. Roush Yates Engines utilises a whole range of Nikon Metrology software and measurement systems for its quality assurance purposes. The iNEXIV VMA-4540 vision system in particular has proven to be a valuable, and easy-to-use system which is integral to the Quality department today.
Ahead of the curve
A company obsessed with speed understands its importance, not just on the race track, but in developing the latest technological innovations. In such a highly competitive environment, it is vital to meet the tight schedules to have the latest equipment on the track and functioning perfectly ahead of rivals.
A combination of factors, including labor intensive programming and potential workflow bottlenecks with CMMs prompted Roush Yates Engines to research a better, more robust non-contact measurement system. Previous methods encountered more and more issues which could compromise engine quality. Manual microscopes took a lot of time to obtain and consolidate accurate and repeatable data with confidence, and complex radii and tapered outer diameters proved difficult to characterize with touch probing systems. For a CMM to access important features, additional complex fixturing was required, but not readily available. Ultimately, a non-contact measurement system that could provide radii, taper and other measurements necessary to alleviate workflow bottlenecks and increase accuracy and repeatability, using fewer fixtures would reduce overall costs.
To address the issues outlined, and meet the new requirements, Roush Yates Engines selected the industry leading Nikon iNEXIV VMA-4540 inspection system combined with CMM-Manager software. The system was installed in March 2018, and has been used almost daily for a wide variety of purposes.
This system is extremely fast at measuring parts and gathering data. The greatest benefit to the speed is through CMM-Manager, programming new parts is extremely fast. With the touch probe, simultaneously programming vision and touch is easy and accurate.”
Alexander Morothy – Quality Control Technician & Vision Programmer, Roush Yates Engines.
Ensuring the latest innovations are on track ahead of competition
With some major reductions in inspection and labor time, the iNEXIV VMA 4540 has already demonstrated its value to Roush Yates Engines. The CMM-Manager software is also a crucial enabler of the vision system as it makes programming easy for both beginners and experienced programmers. The speed of the software too also makes programming new parts extremely fast. With touch probe, simultaneously programming vision and touch is easy and accurate. By reducing the potential for workflow bottlenecks, the Quality department is increasingly efficient in obtaining the most accurate results possible, in a short space of time. The fast and accurate, highly repeatable measurements enable a shorter communication and feedback loop between the Quality department and Production & Engineering. This efficiency of teamwork is vital for bringing the latest innovations to fruition, quicker. Roush Yates Engines is winning both on and off the track, with fast production facilitating faster performances on the track.