Nov
21
2014

F-35 Lightning II Fighter Jet Production Line – FARO Laser Tracker Vantage

The F-35 program brings together the world’s most experienced aerospace industry leaders, including Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, BAE Systems and Pratt and Whitney. The global team also includes more than 1,400 suppliers from 46 U.S. states and companies from 10 other countries around the world. This landmark project combines team expertise with sophisticated manufacturing, engineering and technological capabilities.

 

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Among the mix is one of our own. A FARO Laser Tracker Vanatge, which is used in order to ensure precision during the construction and alignment of the F-35 wings. Misalignments can cause machine downtime and significantly decrease machine performance; however, portable CMM’s such as our FARO Laser trackers and FARO measuring arms can help to mitigate these issues.

If you would like to watch the full video, where you can catch a glimpse of our FARO Laser Tracker Vantage at work on the F-35 production line click here. Or for more details about our other FARO products then visit our website.

 

Nov
03
2014

Featured White Paper: Laser Trackers Shrink Aircraft-Sized Manufacturing Problems

Due to the sheer size of aircraft and their need for careful, aircraft manufacturing has always been difficult.

In the past, large structures such as wings or fuselages were difficult to make alike because there was no good way to measure them. With the advent of the laser tracker, precise, rapid, reproducible measuring over long distances finally became a reality.

A laser tracker can be set up anywhere, in a design studio or factory, and its vast operating range is large enough to capture the wing of the biggest planes ever conceived! Operation of the laser tracker is also simple, making it the perfect tool for tackling the ‘aircraft-sized problems’ of the aerospace industry.

Click here to download the full white paper and more!

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Oct
20
2014

FARO @ the Large Volume Metrology Conference & Exhibition 2014

FARO UK invites you to the Large Volume Metrology Conference & Exhibition (LVMC), the only European event solely dedicated to portable and large volume 3D measurement technology.

We will be presenting our cutting-edge metrology products: the FARO Edge ScanArm HD, with a built-in touchscreen computer and new Laser Line Probe HD; the FARO Gage with the barcode scanner, the revolutionary FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D, as well as our latest and most accurate FARO Laser Tracker Vantage for large volume measurements.

The LVMC offers you the unique opportunity to see presentations from industry experts, view the latest equipment from the world’s leading suppliers, network and share ideas, talk to suppliers and increase your awareness of the European and worldwide industries.

Date: 19th November – 20th November 2014.
Location: Mercure Manchester Piccadilly

Visit the official exhibition website to register your visit!

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Oct
16
2014

Featured White Paper: An Alternative to Check Fixtures

One major aspect of automotive and aerospace manufacturing has long been that the critical nature of the final products they build requires their parts and sub-components to be free of defects.

However, the need for manufacturers to keep costs down and efficiency up in order to remain competitive in the marketplace has a negative effect on the manufacturers’ ability to ensure totally defect-free parts.

A check fixture is a device that allows production parts to be inspected by comparing the part to the geometry and features of the fixture. If the part and check fixture fit together, the part is “good”.These check fixtures, used in conjunction with hand tools, have provided a balance between the need to keep costs down and part integrity.

Given that check fixtures are extremely expensive and require a large time investment, it is not surprising that firms are now turning to the latest technology to help them eliminate check fixtures from their processes. Portable CMMs offer the ideal solution for keeping costs down and ensuring defect-free parts. Portable CMMs come in many forms, the most common of which are laser trackers, articulating arms and hand-held 3D Laser Scanners.

The choice of technology is based on the parts being measured and the information you need from the parts, and provides a cheaper alternative to the expense of check fixture. Portable CMMs eliminate the need for storage, maintenance and rework costs for check fixtures not currently in use.

Click here to download the full white paper to read more!

Oct
03
2014

FARO at Aero Engineering 2014

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FARO UK is happy to announce that we will be participating at this year’s Aero Engineering 2014!

Now in its 6th year, the ‘Aero Engineering Show’ 2014 will host 200+ specialist aerospace-related exhibitors displaying solutions ranging from materials processing technologies to digital design & manufacturing solutions, from test & measurement to process engineering…and much more.

Aero Engineering gives you the unique opportunity to see the leading technology suppliers & supply chain partners/services supporting current & future aerospace engineering supply chain programmes.

At the event we will show you how you can both save time and improve quality by using our portable 3D measurement equipment such as the FARO Gage, FARO Laser Tracker, FaroArm and the brand new FARO Edge ScanArm HD.

Date: 11-12th November
Stand: G38, Hall 5
Location: NEC, Birmingham

For more information visit the official Aero Engineering website or email postman-uk@faroeurope.com

Aug
11
2014

Laser Trackers: Precision from the Start

Bischoff + Scheck, a well-known name in motor sport, specialises in building special-purpose vehicles.
Founded in 1997, Bischoff + Scheck is now the biggest name in tailormade transporters for racing teams, mobile medical labs, and off-road vehicles for exhibitions.

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In 2007, when given the opportunity to work with Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, Bischoff + Scheck jumped at the chance…and who wouldn’t? With Vodafone McLaren Mercedes individual needs in mind, Bischoff + Scheck designed and built a 3-storey building which could be fully dismantled for transportation and re-assembled in 2 days, making it ideal for being set up by the racetrack.

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Jul
22
2014

FARO Laser Tracker Aids JCB Jig & Fixture Calibration

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.

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Heavy Investment

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.

Manchester Metrology

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.

Click here to download the full article!

Jul
17
2014

FARO COSMOS: The Schwarz Group

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.


Download FARO Cosmos today for the full article and more!

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Jun
30
2014

CAM2 Measure 10: A New Dimension in Point Cloud

CAM2 Measure 10.3 is the all-in-one measurement software that provides an intuitive solution for tactile and non-tactile measurement, with no additional software required.

Ideal for both CAD based and non-CAD based measuring. With its extensive range of modern features, CAM2 Measure 10.3 is perfect for using in conjunction with non-contact measurement systems such as the FARO ScanArm or the FARO Laser Tracker.

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