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DEA sets the record.

New gantry and bridge-type coordinate measuring machines (CMM), control systems and software enhancements and a massive investment in a specially designed 65,000 sq ft assembly facility in Turin, sets a new standard for international measuring technology in the 1990s. Meanwhile, the new Turin assembly facility of DEA is utilizing the latest Just-in-Time (JIT) manufacturing techniques linked to a strict Total Quality monitoring philosophy.

DEA initially invested money in marketing research, design and development and new production equipment in 1988 to introduce the highly acclaimed Swift and Gamma coordinate measuring machines along with Master and Tutor control systems. These have now been enhanced along with the larger, bridge-type Omega CMM introduced in 1990, with the release of the Record computer controlled (CNC) series. The Record CNC series of bridge-type CMMs is capable of increasing inspection productivity through the reduction of measuring times, by up to 50 per cent over the previous CNC versions.

New manual and CNC versions of gantry-type CMMs now also join the DEA stable utilizing the same aliminium technology proven in the moving carriage assemblies of DEA's bridge-type machines. The advantage of aliminium is its ability to stay in-phase with the working environment, either on the shop floor or in the inspection room. The lighter weight of aluminium also ensures that acceleration/deceleration rates and maximum velocities of the new Beta and Delta CNC gantry machines are the fastest in their class with an equally unmatched accuracy specification.

The new DEA Turin assembly facility which combines JIT assembly techniques pioneered by the late Shigeo Shingo of Toyota in Japan, reduces the lead time to produce a Swift CMM from order to dispatch from three weeks to just five working days, the mid-range Gamma CMM from five weeks to only ten working days. As a comparison, the predecessor to Swift called Omicron, took over 45 hours to assemble, Swift, because of its highly effective industrial design, takes just 24 hours. This fact alone allowed some 65 Swifts to be assembled in July 1991, five times the company's capability to build Omicrons.
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Title Annotation:Digital Electronic Automation Inc.
Publication:Tooling & Production
Date:Sep 1, 1992
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