As factories get “smarter”, measurement is playing an even more essential role in speeding up operations without losing the accuracy and rigour that many final products are required to exhibit.
A major focus for factory measurement or metrology is to move from the status quo of machining parts in batches and relying on “tailgate measurement” verification on a co-ordinate measurement machine (CMM), towards a system where the measurement is fully embedded in the manufacturing process. Every part is measured in-process, in real-time and companies achieve 100% verification of parts rather than a sample rate.
Future smart factories will aim for speed, accuracy, operational flexibility, and the reduction of waste to near-zero carbon operations. “Right first time every time” fabrication of bespoke products in volume is the objective. To achieve this, factories need embedded or in-line metrology.
FARO has been supporting Made in the Midlands for 2 years now!
Where it all began…
MIM evolved out of an editorial campaign in the pages of Business Report a regional business publication. The campaign existed to challenge the erosion of British industry through a succession of poor decisions by UK government and financiers, their campaign revolved around a pledge signed by manufacturers to open a channel of communication with local firms, take on apprentices and export to new markets.
In 2012 the Made in the Midlands dropped the ‘campaign’ name and is now referred to as just Made in the Midlands. Thier roots have remained intact and they are here to challenge the status quo about how people think about British industry and ensure the sector is connected and informed.
MIM Provide their members with these core services:
FARO is very proud to be awarded the MIM Ambassador award through our local representative Paul Colegate and look forward to continuing their work with MIM in the future!
Measurement is critically important to the advancement of smarter, future factories. Inspection eliminates defects before the end-user, and measurement of manufacturing processes lets engineers understand them and make them more efficient.
If factories are to become faster and more flexible, inspection is a bottleneck to overcome, especially in industries where 100% inspection is required.
As manufacturing becomes more responsive and connected, customizable, more flexible and in-process metrology techniques for machined, molded, cast and additively manufactured (AM) parts will become more important.
New measurement methods, involving more in-process technology, are reducing human intervention. Measurement data, connected to a Manufacturing Execution System, for example, can receive, validate and pass the measurements automatically, enabling “connected factories”.
Companies like FARO are driving the movement to bring measurement equipment out of the inspection lab and upstream onto the shop floor, to save time, reduce scrap and reduce rework upstream.
Watch the Point Cloud taken of a Spitfire located at the Solent Sky Museum. The data was collected using a FARO Focus S350 Laser Scanner.
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FARO As-Built software supports AEC customers in the efficient and comprehensive evaluation of real building, plant and infrastructure data acquired via various measurement sensors, such as laser scanners, hand scanners, drones, cameras or total stations. Thanks to As-Built, classic CAD programs are supplemented by additional evaluation functionality and thus considerably accelerate the 2D and 3D documentation of as-built data.
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The advancement in laser technology has allowed organisations to capture data even in extreme environments across the globe. International Partner Buro is a leading provider of expert 3D laser scanning and dimensional control services to the global oil & gas industry. The company has recently been using the FARO Focus Laser scanners to ensure they can deliver precise 3D Laser scanning in such extreme environments.
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When: 22nd May 2018
Where: The Business Design Centre, London
Learn the tips and tricks from our experts resulting in better overall project results. Find out the real Value of Webshare cloud and discover more about BuildIT for construction verification. With live Product demonstrations, you can exchange ideas and learn from other FARO product users, as well as meet with the FARO hardware and Software experts.
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FARO’s Focus Laser scanner has been helping to preserve more than 25 historical sites from around the world. Discover the full article on BBC.
Discover reality capture solutions that can help you to increase efficiency in 3D data capturing and processing. Digital and 3D planning with BIM (Building Information Modeling) is becoming the new standard process in construction and building management.
BIM increases efficiency in the planning and construction as well as in the renovation and operation of buildings. Innovative laser scanning technology and intelligent software solutions provide the data basis.
When: 5th June 2018
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