Wright, Daniel (2011) Introduction of a Semi Automatic Quality Control Process into an SME. Masters thesis, University of Huddersfield.
Abstract

The purpose of this thesis is to show considerations made when designing and implementing a semi automatic quality control process into an SME; Craftsman Tools Ltd. Small batches are produced at any one time, usually of quantities of around 5 to 10 parts. The drive for change arises because the tolerances required becoming ever tighter.

Investigation has been made in to other systems and processes in operation for comparisons. Most systems, however, are aimed at large batch, mass manufacture, and not at an SME producing small quantities, which this research will address.

Machine Analysis has been conducted to evaluate and monitor the condition of the machine during the project and beyond. This information will be used to create a solid benchmark for machine performance.
A system was selected, implemented and tested on the machine tool for automating part manufacture and inspection providing closed loop feedback information for “right first time” part manufacture.

Results are discussed and conclusions made for the feasibility of the systems and the machine analysis.

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