In 2003, Jack Roush and Robert Yates partnered with Ford Motor Co. as the exclusive Ford Engine builder for NASCAR. Now led by President and CEO Doug Yates, the company Roush Yates Engines was founded in Mooresville, North Carolina. Achieving 23 Championships, 357 combined wins, and 325 poles in the NASCAR, IMSA, and FIA, the partnership has been a vast success.
Roush Yates Engines has gone from success to success, with countless achievements and records broken along the way. For Roush Yates Engines, speed is the bottom line. In 2013, Michael Shank Racing, with Roush Yates Engines’ horsepower, set a new speed record in a Daytona Prototype car, of 222.971mph, at Daytona International Speedway with the twin-turbo Ford EcoBoost V6 race engine.
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 tight timelines and have the latest equipment on the track ahead of rivals.
To reduce costs and increase accuracy and repeatability, Roush Yates Engines installed a new iNEXIV Vision system. The system is now being used to measure various NASCAR engine components including gaskets, clips, O-rings, and radii on rollers – around 50 individual parts, totaling 50,000 parts per year. To deal with the workload, the speed and accuracy of the Vision system are irreplaceable. A major benefit is that it can access features of these small, fragile parts without contact for more reliable results.
“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,” says Alexander Morothy, Quality Control Technician & Vision Programmer, Roush Yates Engines.
The Vision system has had a major impact in evaluating a multitude of data points much faster than before. This means they can provide quicker answers for the Production and Engineering departments to respond to, address concerns and implement improvements. An example of this is pin checking small holes. The Quality department is now able to check very small holes on 100 pieces in 12 to 14 minutes, while simultaneously performing other inspection steps. This would previously take 20 to 30 minutes before any other steps could be performed, representing a 50% reduction in inspection time, and an enormous 97% reduction in labor time.
By reducing workflow bottlenecks, the Quality department is increasingly efficient in obtaining the most accurate results in a short span of time. The fast and accurate, highly repeatable measurements enable a shorter feedback loop between the Quality department, Production, and 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 track performances.
Roush Yates Manufacturing Solutions, a division of Roush Yates Engines, has also leveraged the speed and accuracy of the iNEXIV Vision system to measure machined parts for the Aerospace, Defense, and High-Tech industries.
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