JCB are the world leaders for backhoe loaders and telescopic handlers, with 22 plants in four continents. This naturally brings with it the need for total quality assurance in operations.
Part of the company’s increasing investment has been in extremely accurate jigs and fixtures and new machining centres, which put JCB in direct control of component quality. These new machining centres are able to self-position and ‘find’ components to maximise machining precision, ensuring consistent quality to fabrications.
In order to ensure quality, JCB awarded the responsibility for their jig and fixture calibration procedures to Manchester Metrology. Based in North West England, Manchester Metrology is a full service provider, specialising in the measurement of engineered components that are manufactured to fine tolerances. Using the FARO Vantage Laser Tracker, Manchester Metrology has been able to guarantee JCB; accuracy, total quality and even detailed traceable certificates.
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Audi has become a very serious player in the International GT Open Season, with racing-related activities being carried out by their stand-alone division under the banner of ‘quattro GmbH’. With one win already this season, Audi have set their sights on building on their outstanding success last season.
The Schwarz Group has a long tradition as a medium-sized trade business. Founded in 1921, it is now a internationally-renowned manufacturer of containers, equipment and apparatus.
Peter Ammer is responsible for product quality at The Schwarz Group and no part leaves the company’s
grounds without his seal of approval.
Peter’s mission for the highest quality possible for The Schwarz Group’s products naturally led him to needing a reliable measuring device with both accuracy and range. He opted for the FARO Laser Tracker and Ammer swears by this portable all-in-one coordinate measuring device as it lets him easily measure components anywhere in production, such as directly in the milling machine.
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In Norway’s fourth largest city Stavanger the site for the world’s longest sub-sea road tunnel is situated, named the Ryfast tunnel project. The project consists of three tunnels and aims to establish a permanent road link between Ryfylke and Jaeren and hopes also to tackle the traffic problems through the northern parts of the city centre.
The Solbakk tunnel is the main tunnel being constructed with a total length of 14km and construction began in August 2013. The two headings being excavated by drill and blast will reach a maximum depth of 290m below sea level (Statens Vegvesen, 2013).
Laser Scanners are being integrated into Police Forces throughout the world, with London Metropolitan Police being the latest to use FARO Laser Scanning technology to investigate traffic incidents.
The Laser Scanner allows for the documentation of crime scenes, through an augmented reality model and this means that jurors can be better informed of evidence and more information may be presented during a trial.
FARO Focus 3D specialist David Southam took time to speak with the BBC and explained how the equipment actually works.
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A recent project has attempted to find out why twenty violins from 1730 sound better than others. But why? Well…with the way in which many violins are constructed being the same, it is a puzzle for many manufacturers as to why some of these instruments produce a higher quality sound to their counterparts.
Many factors play a part; most obvious being the shape of the violin. Other issues feature such as the humidity during the assembly, the wood used to manufacture the violin and the actual wood density etc. [Read more ...]
With technology improving at a rapid rate and goods becoming more advanced, the parts required for manufacturing have also become more complex and complicated. This has meant the need for tighter tolerances when carrying out quality checks.
A traditional style co-ordinate measuring machine (CMM) can be used to check a small run of parts and this process is very thorough and creates a large amount of data which can be useful. However, the downside to this method is of course that the parts have to be moved from the shop floor into the lab and this can be very time consuming. Also, using a CMM for high volume inspections can frequently generate bottlenecking caused by a lack of operators for the CMM or time to finish a complete inspection of a large amount of parts.
This mornings highlight: 3D Documentation and laser scanning in Law Enforcement.
David Dustin, a US forensic expert from Dustin production presented this morning in the Andechs Abbey the usage of 3D laser scanning for many kinds of law enforcement applications. Amazing presentation!
The Award Ceremony for the best idea about the future of laser scanning (developed during the teambuilding) took place at the Florianstadl in Andechs. Below you’ll find the best impressions from the evening event.
Yesterday’s impressions from the workshops and brainSTORMING at FARO’s 3D Documentation Conference in Andechs – from the Middle Ages into the bright future of 3D laser scanning…