Bucher Municipal is one of the five core divisions of the global industrial group Bucher Industries, and is today recognised as the leading provider of equipment to the Australian Waste Industry. The company boasts an impressive product range including side-, rear- and front-loading refuse machines as well as compact/truck-mounted road sweepers, vacuum tankers and stationary and transportable compactors.

Every Bucher Municipal machine is application engineered, manufactured in Victoria and supported by a passionate after sales support team that operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Jason Tisbury is the Quality and Continuous Improvement Manager at Bucher Municipal. He’s responsible for the design, implementation and maintenance of the company’s Quality Management Systems. These systems include the monitoring and measurement of processes and outcomes.

“Our products are quite large and diverse in design, meaning it can be quite challenging to achieve accurate repeatable results,” Tisbury explains. “We were looking for a measurement system which can help us to easily measure the same dimensions in a fraction of the time and repeat the measurements. We were immediately seduced by the ROMER Absolute Arm’s flexibility and functionality as well as the professionalism of Hi-Tech Metrology, their distributor here in Australia.”

The opportunity to add a scanner to the portable measuring arm played a big part in the decision to invest in the Absolute Arm range. “We can scan our jigs and fixtures into a model and audit on a cycle by quickly measuring and overlaying to see any variation”, says Tisbury, who remembers how long and complicated it was to operate with straight edges, squares and tapes before they started working with the arm: “We would spend more time setting up a measurement than we would actually measuring the product!”

“Using the arm has helped improve our jigging and manufacturing repeatability by enabling us to easily measure large, complex parts,” he continues. “We’re also building a library of blank chassis to facilitate faster design and application engineering”.

Hi-Tech Metrology offers both local expertise and support for the product as well as the great advantage to being able to perform equipment calibration locally. “This is a massive bonus.”, says Tisbury. “But just as importantly, the team at Hi-Tech are always happy to go over and above to help out with any questions or problems we have. The training is always customised to our needs, so we get the most benefit for the time.”

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