Our Company History at Cheyney Design and Development
The Cheyney team (Sapphire 2009 training) started together in the early 1980’s developing some of the first automated gauging and statistical process control systems. Early adopters of the technology included the automotive majors such as Ford Motor Company, General Motors and Rover Group. Well over 1000 automated gauging systems were designed, manufactured and installed for in-process and off-line applications. The included special motorized gauges for aero-engine fan blades, in-process closed loop gauging of pistons, and military components – and factory-wide networking using fiber optic links.
Early in our history, development commenced on Xray components and automatic vision systems. We worked on some of the very first linear diode array Xray detectors as well as imaging electronics for both optical and Xray applications. Specialist vision systems were developed for applications such as packaging (bottles, closures), engine components (oil filters, valve seats, and piston rings) and pharmaceutical inspection (ampoules, vials, tablets)
Having spent many years designing modules and software for other Xray companies, we started manufacture of our own range automatic Xray inspection machines and quickly became a world authority in this technology area – supplying components and expertise to over 50% of the global market. After a brief period as part of a major international group, the team has reformed as founder member and technology partner of the Sapphire Alliance group of Xray manufacturers.