Aug
01
2014

FARO takes you on holiday!

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FARO offers you a unique chance to win a holiday!

And entering the draw couldn’t be easier, simply book a demo of one of our coordinate measurement machines or 3D imaging devices to take part.
Prizes include; flight vouchers, hotel vouchers and city breaks!

Your free product demo must be arranged for between 1st August – 30th September. The prize draw takes place on 1st October 2014 and the promotion is valid until 14th September 2014.

Click here to enter!

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
21
2014

Audi: Driven for Success

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.

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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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Jul
14
2014

Augmented Reality: User Interface of the Future

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What is augmented reality? And why is it such an interesting area for the manufacturing industry?

AR is quite literally enhanced reality, where personal perception of reality is overlaid onto a computer generated virtual reality. It supplements a user’s perception by offering digital information that directly relates to their real perception and allows real-time interaction.

Currently Bertrandt have fully implemented the FaroArm with Metalo Engineer software in order to maximize quality assurance, allowing for real-time interaction with products. Using the FaroArm for augmented reality is merely one example of how flexible the FaroArm is, making it the ideal solution for all your inspection requirements.

Download FARO Cosmos today for the full Augmented Reality article and more!

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Jul
03
2014

Reverse Engineering, It’s Music To Our Ears!

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 …]

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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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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May
06
2014

All in one probing and scanning metrology software: FARO CAM2 Measure 10.3

FARO CAM2 Measure 10.3: new all in one probing and scanning metrology software
CAM2 Measure 10.3 offers a complete contact and non-contact metrology solution. Its new capabilities can be used with FARO’s scanning devices such as the FARO ScanArm for CAD-to-part analysis.

The software is primarily developed for tasks such as the inspection of free and complex forms and soft or flexible materials that are difficult to inspect with a tactile system.

New features such as Cross Section Analysis, Point Cloud Registration, Deviation Markers and the enhanced Live Colour Scan, support data collection and point cloud analysis. [Read more …]

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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