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Jackson is a chemist by trade. He’d used the inspection equipment provider’s digital microscopes in the past, and says “he loves KEYENCE equipment.” So, when he was approached by the local system specialist about the company’s IM Series Instant Measurement System, the next-generation, automated optical comparator, Jackson welcomed him in for a demonstration. Once a family-owned company, Gamma was acquired by the Chicago-based private investment firm, Ashland Capital Partners, in March of 2017. Since then, the company has invested heavily in new equipment and manufacturing technology, and during a board meeting late last year to review department needs, Jackson was asked to define his biggest hurdle going forward. Transitioning teams and technologies “Though we had some great equipment at our disposal, we were definitely lacking the right tools to measure There’s more to this story than finding an efficient the smaller parts,” he says. “But even if we’d had way to check small parts, however. Jackson was those tools, our biggest bottleneck was a lack of also plagued with a problem that virtually all skilled inspectors. So, when the board asked me what manufacturing companies can relate to: finding I was going to do to resolve the situation, I told them qualified people—in his case, inspectors. Fortunately, about the KEYENCE equipment, explaining that it he soon discovered a way to address both of these would not only solve our small parts challenges, but issues. was easy enough to use that we could leverage less experienced people to operate it.” Since 1971, Gamma Aerospace has made a name for itself as a leader in aerospace component The board’s response: “Why haven’t you bought it manufacturing. With extensive machining yet?” capabilities as well as proficiency in deep drawing, forming, bending, and assembly, the company has Two new tools attracted customers such as Boeing, Bell Helicopter, Spirit AeroSystems, and others. Jackson took the board’s approval and ran with it. He ordered a KEYENCE IM Series Instant Measurement System as well as » WIRE NEWS September 2019 5