National Physical Laboratory

Alfa Laval

NPL Training helps Alfa Laval to raise quality and refresh skills.

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Alfa Laval is an Eastbourne based SME that produces pumps for the pharmaceutical, food and process industries. Maintaining quality of these products, improving design and reducing wastage is crucial, especially in an economic downturn.

Alfa Laval's Quality Control Inspector, Robin Mills enrolled in Level 1 of the National Physical Laboratory's dimensional measurement training course as a test case for other employees.

The course gives delegates a refresher on geometric symbols and tolerances; increased confidence in inspecting components, a better understanding of how to interpret drawings and an appreciation of the conditions or inaccuracies that can affect measurement.

"The course has definitely changed the way I think about measurement. Since going on the course I have found issues with some of our current drawings and flagged these up to the engineering department. I always look at drawings more closely now," says Mills.

Robin is now planning to attend Level 2 as soon as a space comes up. Level 2 comprises six modules and builds on what candidates learned at Level 1. It encompasses geometric product specification, co-ordinate principles, first principle measurement, process control, measurement calculations and a competence module in co-ordinate methods.

"The plan is now for other members of the team to go through Level 1. It's a great way to refresh some of the things that people might know but need reminding about and it's a good lead up to the next level. We can see real benefits to the business coming from this training. It's an excellent course."

For further information on Alfa Laval, please visit their website

Last Updated: 15 Oct 2013
Created: 7 Dec 2009

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