As the UK’s only dedicated market place for global manufacturing technologies, the Advanced Manufacturing Show was the ideal venue for FARO to demonstrate its world-class advanced measurement technologies.
Through visitor demand, FARO’s advanced Edge ScanArm HD was demonstrated throughout the course of the show. The Edge ScanArm HD combines the flexibility and the functionalities of a FARO Edge measuring Arm with the high-definition Laser Line Probe HD, creating a powerful contact/non-contact portable measurement system that is ideal for challenging application requirements.
Also in great demand from customers needing to measure smaller parts were demonstrations of the FARO Gage measuring arm. An industry leader in portable CMMs, this accurate 3D gauge ends users’ reliance on expensive and hard-to-use fixed CMMs. The FARO Gage offers high accuracy levels, improves measurement consistency, reduces inspection time and the ability to generate automatic reports.
FARO UK staff are now busy following-up the large volume of sales leads received at the exhibition and performing in-house practical demonstrations for potential customers throughout the UK.
Old but gold. The video below, filmed back in 2013 shows how 4D-IT had the vision to revolutionize the measurement business.After months of development and multiple hurdles, they finally reached their goal:”Project Kronos” came to life!
It was the first time worldwide, that a FARO laserscanner was used on a multirotor aircraft (UAV) and the results were very promising!
BBC’s ONE’s 60 minute special Rome’s Invisible City follows ScanLAB Projects and presenters Alexander Armstrong and Dr Michael Scott as they explore the hidden underground secrets of Ancient Rome. The show explores Roman infrastructure and ingenuity, all below ground level. We journeyed via the icy, crystal clear waters of subterranean aqueducts that feed the Trevi fountain and two thousand year old sewers which still function beneath the Roman Forum today, to decadent, labyrinthine catacombs. Our laser scans map these hidden treasures, revealing for the first time the complex network of tunnels, chambers and passageways without which Rome could not have survived as a city of a million people.
Used in the program is our very own FARO Focus3D. The FARO Focus3D Laser Scanner creates a precise, virtual copy of the scanned objects at millimeter accuracies in only minutes by capturing up to 976,000 data points per second. At those speeds and with features such as auto-registration, projects are completed in a fraction of the time and can accrue savings up to 50% in scanning and processing time. Intuitive controls on the touchscreen display make the Focus simple to operate; its small size and weight facilitate portability and setup on site.
The FARO Focus3D Laser Scanner is the ideal portable scanning solution for accident reconstruction. With the Focus3D you can quickly capture the scene and minimize safety risk as well as traffic stoppages. Scan data is saved on an SD card for portable upload to the workstation for detailed analysis. The result is a permanent virtual 3D point cloud detailing vehicle, roadway and environmental conditions. This technology enables you to conduct accurate measurements and visualizations to recreate the accident for evaluation, as well as share scan data via the internet with insurance and legal agents.
At 120 revolutions per minute, an imbalance would have devastating effects. Efficiency is also highly dependent on the blade’s precision and positioning. Such turbines are manufactured at Andritz Hydro GmbH in Ravensburg, Germany, a division of the Andritz Group.
In order to optimise the production and alignment of these complex components, Andritz Hydro GmbH sought a solution to carry out measurements with narrower tolerances and at higher speeds. After researching thoroughly and testing multiple products, Andritz Hydro GmbH purchased several portable coordinate measuring machines from FARO, which were customized for their measurement needs: several FaroArms and a FARO Laser Tracker for dimension monitoring, CAD comparisons and iterative alignment procedures.
Measuring a turbine wheel is complex and challenging because of the dimensions of the,components being measured. In addition to that, the components are not freely accessible from all sides, i.e., mounted on a measurement bench. Andritz Hydro GmbH benefits from the portability of FARO measurement solutions, which enable the company to carry out precise and reliable measurements in the production area, warehouse and even onsite.
Measurements are usually carried out at the production site amidst other components and tools, using FaroArms in different sizes and a FARO Laser Tracker. These mobile, tactile measurement instruments are ideally suitable here: while there are not many measurement points, these are often in hard to reach places or even hidden. Due to their versatility, FARO measurements solutions are not only useful for the quality assurance of blades, but also for many other tasks, such as analysis measurements, incoming goods inspections, finding cracks in raw castings, the alignment of welded components, etc.
For several years now, PolyWorks|Inspector software has been used for the organization and analysis of the measurement data. The alignment functions and the functions related to the analysis and export of data are particularly popular with customers. Christoph Müller Henker, who works in Measurement and Testing Technology at Andritz Hydro, appreciates the fact that the oftware is not limited to standard situations: “We can take a variety of paths to reach our goal using PolyWorks. We use the many export and import options and interfaces to find our own solutions.” In addition to that, each division of the turbine manufacture is a “customer” and has needs when it comes to processing data. The software has no trouble handling all of the respective formats.
While the challenges related to the size of the components are no longer an issue, there is no everyday routine. Andritz does not use mass production; each turbine is one of a kind. The measurement requirements are therefore ever-changing. “Each measurement is its own project”, explains Yener Korkmaz, Head of Measurement and Testing Technology at Andritz Hydro, who is responsible for quality assurance for incoming goods and in-house production.
Size and accessibility mean that the FaroArm and FARO Laser Tracker have to be moved around a lot. The software speeds up the implementation of the measurement instruments. It is enough to align the respective measurement instrument within the coordinate system at a new location. The organisation of the measurement data and the management of the various device positions within the coordinate system are controlled by the software. FARO Laser Trackers and FaroArms can also be combined in one measurement process, which increases both flexibility and range.
When changing locations, the FaroArm is calibrated via the tracker’s coordinate system. The software registers the measurement arm in the coordinate system of the Laser Tracker, without needing to record reference points. This combination uses the classic FARO TrackArm.
For hard to reach measurement points on the turbine wheel or shaft, the PolyWorks App|Talisman for mobile devices such as iPhone or iPad is extremely useful. Measurements can be initiated and project data accessed from a PC using remote access. The measurement technician can monitor the measurement data and correct measurement errors directly from the component. The turbine manufacturer has also found these reliable, state-of-the-art measurement systems useful for other applications. The correct positioning of the individual components can be determined prior to initiating the welded root seam. The systems are also used for balancing the welded components, with a maximum position tolerance of 0.4 mm.
Today, this takes only two hours. Using wire and solder, it previously took at least two days to bring the individual elements into position and ensure concentricity. Furthermore, because the equipment is mobile, the quality of supplied components can be tested directly at the installation site.
The FARO Laser Tracker is particularly helpful for Machine Tool production and set up. It supports different types of control and measuring tasks. Companies can speed up and maximize the ROI with a single technology to be learned, extremely useful for a wide range of applications.
The FARO Laser Tracker is an extremely accurate, portable coordinate measuring machine for precise quality and dimensional analysis of large components, machine calibration, alignment and assembly, reverse engineering and tool building.
With the FARO Laser Tracker you can produce more competitive products and machines whilst efficiently optimizing your production processes.
The 5th edition of the annual 3D Documentation Conference 2015, took place at Motorworld in Stuttgart-Böblingen, Germany, yet again attracted more than 200 participants from all over the world to discuss the latest trends, innovations and applications in 3D Laserscanning.
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Based in New Hudson, Michigan, Pratt & Miller is a world-class engineering company that takes automotive programs from concept to reality. They are a respected industry leader providing cutting-edge engineering and manufacturing solutions to their clients. Their total design team uses the most advanced research and development technologies available. Pratt & Miller performs first-article inspection for most parts; reverse engineers models, fabricated parts, and any purchase parts that lack accurate CAD; and verifies complicated bodywork, surface features, machine parts, and full interiors. Basically, they measure everything from small components to complete race cars.
Measuring with hand tools is time consuming and creates inaccuracies due to individual error. These tools also did not provide Pratt & Miller with the means to measure its more complicated parts and freeform surfaces without undesirable contact. This work had to be farmed out and they lost direct control of data.
FARO provided the accuracy Pratt & Miller was looking for at the speed they need. They have the utmost confidence in the results they getfrom FARO. Co-founder Gary Pratt says, “We use FARO to design, construct, and analyze ‘virtual’ components, CFD, systems, and complete cars – every facet of a project from initial conception to the finished product.”
The FARO ScanArm was selected for its portability, flexibility, accuracy, compact design, and reputation. Mike Kurylo, a design engineer at Pratt & Miller, says, “The quality of the FARO equipment, the ease of training, and the knowledge of their support are all first rate. Their customer service goes well above and beyond what one would expect from such a globally recognized technology firm. It feels like having your own pit crew!”
Gary Latham, a lead engineer at Pratt & Miller, says, “FARO is incredibly useful with our tight timeframes. About 30-40 percent of our parts are manufactured in the workshop and they need to be entered into CAD and now we can do that easily with faster data capture.” They also use the ScanArm in their Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to fill in any missing pieces of the puzzle. FARO returns control of the data process to Pratt & Miller and eliminates the need to farm out projects.
In today’s ever increasingly competitive conditions, Pratt & Miller is always searching for every last bit of performance enhancement – be it in the form of speed, time, accuracy, or efficiency. FARO answers the call on each of these.
The most intelligent design solutions are centered on the integration of the best tools. Pratt & Miller engineers use the most up-to-date and powerful computer software and hardware in existence. The next logical step for them was a FARO solution.
“We’re constantly updating, expanding technology and FARO opened new parameters in manufacturing and engineering for us,” Gary Pratt says. “FARO has really opened our eyes and they’ve been fantastic for us. Once you get something like this, you can’t see how you did without it.”
The intelligent and comprehensive CNC solutions stand out across the line in a broad range of industries because the machines are designed to guarantee highly dynamic chipping in consistent quality. The increasingly broad range of variations and the resulting quick succession of product cycles present a huge technical challenge when it comes to reliable and flexible processes. Reichenbacher Hamual GmbH relies on vertical integration and the outstanding develop ment skills within their company, which provides them with decisive competitive advantages.
To continue optimizing their production processes and facilitate perfect coordination between speed and precise processing as well as consistent quality with utmost flexibility, Reichenbacher Hamuel GmbH has chosen FARO portable measurement technology. The first FARO Laser Tracker Vantage was purchased in 2013 in order to keep up with the increasing demands in machine assembly. Increasingly large and precise processing machines had to be installed quickly and properly, as well as configured both in house and at customer locations – a routine task for the FARO Laser Tracker.
With this instrument, it was for the first time possible to uncover weak points related to construction and manufacture in all dimensions during assembly and to counteract them accordingly. During the assembly of the machine – some of which were up to 25 meters long – the adjustment of the axles is carried out with the aid of the Laser Tracker. The live display of 3D coordinates.and the levelling function of the Laser Tracker are essential features for the measurement, configuration and subsequent documentation processes.
But the FARO Laser Tracker Vantage can be used in even more ways:
Through the synchronisation of the tracker’s position measurements using the machine control panel, the actuator can be tested and compensated as needed.
The geometric requirements that the customers demand can now be tested and documented independent of machine-specific transmitters. FARO measurement software CAM2 Measure 10 makes this process very easy and intuitive, which also significantly simplifies company communication with customers and suppliers. Linear compensation has thus become an integral part of machine assembly.
Last but not least, the Laser Tracker is still a mobile 3D-coordinate measurement device. For this reason, the Laser Tracker is regularly used to measure large-scale components as they arrive from external suppliers, and for classic quality assurance in production.
Small-scale components, complex milling and cast components, and drive components have been efficiently measured by a FARO Prime measurement arm since 2014. The measurement arm and Laser Tracker complement each other perfectly. In the meantime, the FARO Laser Tracker Vantage is valued by various divisions. This is why the decision was made to purchase an additional FARO Laser Tracker in 2014. The two Laser Tracker Vantage devices now share the workload. One is kept at the Reichenbacher Hamuel GmbH headquarters in Dörfles-Esbach, Germany, while the other is used across the globe for international projects.
We are proud to announce a triumph in the product design category of the prestigious Red Dot Award 2015. FARO impressed the 38 members of the jury with its handheld FARO Scanner Freestyle3D, yet another demonstration of its excellence in this, the most important product design competition.
Established 60 years ago, the Red Dot is a seal of high design quality across national and industry borders. The use of this famous seal is reserved for products that the international Red Dot jury confirms possess outstanding design that is head and shoulders above the rest. This year, 5,000 products from 56 different countries were submitted. The international jury was impressed with the innovative design of the FARO Scanner Freestyle3D and pronounced it a worthy winner of the sought-after Red Dot label. Its streamlined, three-armed shape was especially intriguing to the jury, supporting as it does the device’s range of functions and lending it an absolutely unmistakable appearance.
Usability and flexible applications were the focus when developing the FARO Freestyle3D. This is reflected in the design of this unique, industrial-grade handheld scanner. Thanks to its lightweight carbon fibre body, the scanner weighs less than a kilo and is therefore extremely portable and mobile. The application areas of the FARO Freestyle3D are diverse and range from construction to industrial production and forensics.
One key factor in its success was the scanner’s compact size, which allows it to be used in hard to reach areas, such as in industrial facilities. An intuitive plug and play system means that the Freestyle3D needs no warm-up and is quickly ready to use. Not only that, but the device also offers fast data entry, real-time visualisation and a high scan volume. This reduces the amount of time needed for scanning. The wide range of operating temperatures from 0-40°C makes scanning possible even in challenging environmental conditions. The 3D scan data can easily be imported into all commonly used CAD software solutions.
“When we developed the Freestyle3D we paid special attention to making sure that it was easy to use, so that even inexperienced 3D scanners can get to work immediately. Its unique design allows users to capture a high scan volume and create detailed documentation of a scene,” says Dr. Reinhard Becker, head of the product’s development at FARO.
FARO develops forward-looking solutions and sets benchmarks in product development and design. Back in 2012, the company received the prestigious Red Dot Award for its Laser Scanner Focus3D. Whilst the Focus3D enables scanning over vast distances, the Freestyle3D was developed to allow for very easy and intuitive capturing of details over shorter distances using a handheld device.
With the Freestyle3D, FARO is underlining its leading position in the market for portable 3D measurement technology, offering an innovative and user-friendly device to give new customer groups access to the world of 3D scanning.