"Lighter, more reliable and better quality," says Mario Pichler, Head of Quality Assurance at Pankl Engine Systems, describing the constantly growing demands of Formula 1 motorsport teams on engine components. The engineers at Pankl are therefore tasked with designing parts so that they are as light as possible, yet able to withstand extreme forces on the track: "It is often a thin line between weight and sustainability," says Pichler.
To push the boundaries of technology, a lot also has to be measured – not least during the production process. Until a few years ago, Pankl mainly used manual measuring equipment for these in-process measurements. "This took a lot of time and was largely dependent on the skills of the employees," remembers Pichler.