Sep
11
2014

Complimentary FARO ScanArm Webinar

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Want to see the latest and greatest scanning technology for the automotive sector? Then register today for the free webinar and see how the advanced FARO Edge ScanArm HD enables fast and efficient non-contact measurements of complex parts.

The FARO ScanArm is the perfect solution for inspection, point cloud-to-CAD comparison, rapid prototyping, reverse engineering and 3D modelling, and no matter what your specific requirement is, we provide the best solution for a wide range of applications across all industries.

Date: 24th September 2014 at 2pm GMT +1 (London – Dublin)

Interested? Click here to register your attendance!

Sep
04
2014

Meet the All-New FARO Edge ScanArm HD!  

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With the power of the new high-definition Laser Line Probe HD 3D scanner and the flexibility of the FARO Edge measuring arm, the FARO Edge ScanArm HD really is the world’s most affordable, high performance contact & non-contact portable measurement system on the market.

The brand new Edge ScanArm HD offers rapid point cloud collection with extreme resolution and high accuracy – all in a compact and easy-to-use system.

The new features of the Edge ScanArm HD allow users to seamlessly scan across diverse surface materials regardless of factors such as contrast, reflectivity or part complexity and without any special coatings or target placement.

In addition, scanning time is reduced and coverage is increased due to the fast frame rate and the extra wide scan stripe . Intricate components can now be captured in fine detail as a result of the 2,000 actual points per scanline and the new blue laser featuring noise reduction technology. In addition, users can dramatically reduce required training time with the new crosshair feature and existing LED Rangefinder functionality, which provides real-time scanning feedback.

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The Edge ScanArm HD will be available for live product demonstrations at the TCT Show, Birmingham (Stand B24, Hall 3A) – from 30th September to 2nd October 2014 !

More information at:
http://www.faro.com/products/metrology/faro-scanarm/overview

 

 

Jul
03
2014

Are Portable CMMs Making GO-NO Gauges a No-Go?

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.

Traditional CMMs.

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.

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Jan
07
2014

On Top of Things: 5 Reasons Why You Should Be Measuring On-machine

No, Marvin Gaye never sang about manufacturing. If there is but one takeaway from the R&B legend’s soulful catalog, it is this: let’s get it on (machine). For too long, many of you have brought heavy part after heavy part to your fixed CMM for inspection, ignoring that a simpler, more accurate and less taxing solution exists. You should be inspecting and measuring in-process or finished parts on (or near, I suppose) the machine tool. Here’s why.

1) Environmental Flexibility: Still paying (and working) to maintain a climate-controlled inspection room to house your fixed CMM? Well, stop it. Portable CMMs adapt to the typical factory floor environment. Plus, you’ll reduce machine interruptions during the machining process because the part won’t have to travel to another location for inspection.

2) On-the-spot Analysis: With a portable CMM, users can accurately verify their processes and setups with just a few button clicks. Proper tool and part alignments can be validated before machining critical features. Features can be analyzed after each step of machining. So, problems can be diagnosed quicker, leading to reduced inspection times.

3) Tool Wear Detection: Using a portable CMM can detect if a part is out of spec, true-enough. But, the data collected can help detect if the tool itself is degrading.

4) Time Savings: Tired of walking heavy parts to and from the inspection area? Had enough of lost time due to rework because you didn’t catch part deformities on time? Can’t stand waiting for your machine tool get going after you, again, had to shut it down to go inspect a part? Just asking.

5) Cost Savings: The proverbial “all of the above” answer here. Lost time due to machine outage, out-of-spec parts, tool wear and travel time cost money? Want to save money, effort and potentially days of downtime? Get yourself a portable CMM and start measuring on-machine.



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