For RollResearch International Ltd. (RRI) it is important to participate in different research projects developing measurement and grinding techniques, which will benefit our clients in the future.
One of the latest projects RRI is involved in, is coordinated by the European Metrology Programme for Innovation and Research (EMPIR). The project is called MicroProbes (EMPIR 17IND05) and it is focused on cost efficient measuring systems for the surface forms of machined parts and tools. In the project new tactile microprobes for more reliable, faster, and cost efficient topographical microform and roughness measurements were developed and tested.
The project involved two employees of RRI. Tuomas Lindstedt was studying at Aalto University at the time and made his Master Thesis about Mechanical integration of microprobe as surface roughness tester on roll measuring device. Now he is employed at RRI. His supervisor, tutor, and colleague on the project was Dr. Thomas Widmaier.
For further information of the project can be found from the website of EMPIR https://www.ptb.de/empir2018/microprobes/information-communication/results/
Tuomas Lindstedt developed a prototype for of a microprobe measuring device. It was tested in one of our clients roll grinder equipped with RollResearch 3D measuring device. On the picture Tuomas is installing the microprobe prototype to the roll grinder. Tuomas is working at RRI as a Mechanical Engineer designing parts to our clients and being an important part of our machine modernization team.
The EMPIR programme enables European metrology institutes, industrial and medical organizations, and academia to collaborate on a wide variety of joint research projects within specified fields: industry, energy, environment, health, SI Fundamental, Normative, Research Potential, and Support for Networks and Support for Impact projects. Annual EMPIR research calls between 2014 and 2020 are supported by 600 M€ of European Union funding enable project research for a maximum of 3 years (5 years for Support for Networks). [https://www.euramet.org/research-innovation/empir/, reference 7.11.2020].