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Third Dimension Wins Second Coveted Queen’s Award

Published: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 09:22

(Third Dimension: Bristol, UK) -- Third Dimension, the leading supplier of precision feature measurement solutions, recently celebrating being named winner of the Queen’s Award for Innovation—the UK’s highest accolade for business success—for GapGun, its best-selling hand-held, laser-based optical measurement device.

This year 176 winners were announced: 102 for International Trade; 57 for Innovation; 11 for Sustainable Development, and 6 for Promoting Opportunity (through social mobility). The awards are made annually by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and are only given for the highest levels of excellence demonstrated in each category. This is the second time Third Dimension has won the Queen’s Award, having won the International Trade category in 2015.

The Bristol-based company also won the EEF Future Manufacturing regional award for Innovation this year and the EEF regional award for Outstanding Export category in 2015.

Used to control production quality in automotive, aerospace, turbine, and energy industries worldwide, GapGun has increased Third Dimension’s turnover by 50 percent in the past five years. GapGun enables the accurate measurement of three dimensional surfaces and the recording of dimensions such as angles, radii, and gaps, simply by pulling a trigger. Data collected is analyzed to proactively identify defects or monitor geometric conditions. This enables manufacturers to rectify and improve quality in real time, directly on the production line.

GapGun removes risk from customers’ operations by providing a fully auditable trail of every single product measured, thereby helping to prove quality and reduce rework costs, while saving a significant amount of time and resources.

Third Dimension exports to more than 25 countries worldwide with local support provided by its network of distributors. It works with leading multinational companies such as Airbus, Volkswagen, Lockheed Martin, Mitsubishi, and Embraer.

“Turning innovative ideas into commercial success is what makes our business tick, so I’m delighted to have won this prestigious award,” says Tim Monks, CEO at Third Dimension. “I’m fortunate to work with an extremely talented bunch of people in all areas of the business—each playing their part in GapGun’s development. This award recognizes everyone’s hard work and the loyalty of our much valued customers who trust us time and time again to deliver cutting-edge precision measurement solutions which help them save time, money, and resources.”

Not resting on its laurels, Third Dimension has recently launched Vectro, which automates the measurement capabilities of GapGun, and Inspect, a quick and easy-to-use quality inspection software tool which enables flexible analysis of a component’s profile when used alongside the GapGun Pro.

Representatives of Third Dimension will be attending a special Queen’s Award reception at Buckingham Palace in July to recognize this significant achievement.

For more information about Third Dimension and their GapGun range, visit the website www.third.com.


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Third Dimension develops and manufactures handheld and robotic laser measurement solutions that provide noncontact, optical, and precision profile measurement for manufacturers in the aerospace, automotive, and energy sectors. Established in 1995, Third Dimension is based in Bristol, United Kingdom.