Aug
11
2015

Aturia S.p.A Group utlize the FARO ScanArm

The Aturia S.p.A. Group, based in Gessate in the province of Milan, is currently one of the leading industrial groups in the pump industry at an international level. The main fields of application are submersible pumps (used in heavy industry and in various segments including shipping, off-shore infrastructure and mining); surface pumps (used, for example, in water supply and heating and air conditioning systems); special pumps (used in reverse osmosis, desalination and cryogenic applications) and, last but not least, pumping units used in firefighting, in particularly high demand at refineries and in the petrochemical industry.

Andrea Guercilena, Group Quality & Test  Manager, explains: “The Aturia Group is able to offer high-tech products thanks to its integrated design, 3D modelling and FEM (finite element  method) analysis systems. The production cycle begins with the design phase. With our long-term experience and vast database, we are capable ofdeveloping and manufacturing pumps for special fluids with power values that reach 1,000 kW, pressure values up to 150 bar and temperatures up to 500°C.”

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The various phases of the industrial process are completed at the Gessate production facility, which facilitates coordination among the various company departments. Guercilena notes: “The large fleet of numerical control machines and the networked management of project specifications allow operators to easily obtain the required precision.”

Product quality is guaranteed by “full control” over all components. Pump shapes, sizes, tolerances and performance are checked in the testing room using traditional as well as latest generation devices and software. In this regard, the Quality & Test Manager talks about how the Aturia Group has recently managed to take a significant step forward: “As our workloads increased in recent years, we realised that we were not able to quickly carry out measurements and inspections with our fixed coordinate measuring machine, resulting in the risk of delaying deliveries and disappointing our clients. At the same time, we were witnessing an increase in requests for larger than average pumps, which are difficult to measure using traditional methods. Therefore, we decided to invest in a portable 3D measuring machine with a laser line probe, which is considerably more suited to our new requirements.”

As a result, in late 2013 the companypurchased the FARO Edge ScanArm, a complete system consisting of the portable Edge FaroArm and the laser line probe, ideal for contact and noncontact measurements. “We had seen the machine in action in other workshops,” Guercilena continues, “and we were really impressed. In addition, by speaking with external colleagues and technicians, we understood that for our needs there could be no better tool in terms of quality and reliability than the FARO Edge ScanArm.”

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The FARO Edge ScanArm is a seven-axis measurement system with an integrated laser scanner, which makes it possible to measure individual points with the sensor and to conduct scans when large volumes of data are required. According to Andrea Guercilena: “The very broad scanning range enabled us to immediately measure parts of any shape and size. The rapid acquisition speed, portability, manageability and ease of use of the FARO instrument also provided a great boost in productivity.”

But that’s not all: thanks to efficient data processing and management and the possibility to immediately generate easy-to-analyse reporting, with the FARO Edge ScanArm scans can be checked in real time. This is a very important feature since, as Guercilena explains, “it allows inspections and checks to be conducted on-site at the premises of clients or certification bodies. This is a very valuable service that guarantees complete security, even for the most demanding users.”

The technical features of the FARO Edge ScanArm provide very accurate, reliable and repeatable measurement data: “Our pumps,” Guercilena continues, “are complex objects with specific, difficult to measure shapes that require accuracy to the hundredth of a millimetre and just as strict concentricity and parallelism tolerances. Thanks to the FARO ScanArm, we have expanded our measurement possibilities and sped up certification and inspection activities. The high-quality scans also allow us to analyse our products in detail and continuously improve them.” Therefore, the introduction of the FARO Edge Scan- Arm triggered a small but significant revolution at Aturia. “Yes, absolutely,” Andrea Guercilena concludes. “The results achieved are attributable to this excellent technology as well as the FARO personnel who, besides providing the training course, fulfilled our needs by passionately and skilfully responding to our specific requests and supporting us during our technological training and development process.”

Aug
06
2015

FARO @ Northern Manufacturing

Northern Manufacturing & Electronics is the largest exhibition dedicated to serving the needs of manufacturing and electronics industries in the North of England. Event City, Manchester, makes the show easily accessible to visitors from the North.

Make the Northern Manufacturing & Electronics Exhibition 2015 a firm date in your diary to discover and evaluate quality Northern and UK suppliers who can help you redesign and pioneer new products, increase productivity and improve your profit margin. When it comes to sourcing and investigating emerging technologies locally, you won’t find a more comprehensive display of precision engineering products, materials, components and state of the art manufacturing processes.

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The event takes place in Manchester at the Event City from 30th September till 1st October 2015. We will present our cutting-edge metrology products such the FARO Edge with touchscreen computer for basic measurements, FARO Laser ScanArm HD with the lightest laser line probe for non-contact measurements, the FARO Gage with barcode scanner, as well as the brand new FARO Laser Tracker Vantage for large volume measurements.

To find out if there is a FARO event near you then check out our other FARO Events!

Jul
25
2015

Muc-Off utilise FARO Edge ScanArm HD as they gear up for Tour de France

Please see this short feature produced by Muc-Off, to tell the story of how their Hydrodynamic Chain Lube was formulated, both as an answer to one of cycling’s unanswered questions and how a concept develops into a product.

Watch this video to “find out more” about its origins and the reason its existence is a necessity for one of the worlds most advanced cycling teams, Team Sky.

Bradley Wiggins and Carsten Jeppeson of Team Sky talk about the substantial gains and advantages to be made over their competitors following an advancement in technology in this area.

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We were able to assist Muc-Off and their drive for chain lubrication perfection, through the use of our very own FARO ScanArm HD which 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 ideal for challenging application requirements.

The FARO ScanArm HD itself can be seen being used in the video at 2.15!

To find out more then visit our FARO Website or even check out or FARO GB Youtube Channel! and be sure to keep an eye out for the latest Muc-Off kit too. They’ve currently an insanely busy R&D program so please keep checking to see the exciting products they’re about to launch!

Jul
13
2015

FARO Laser Line Probe HD with optically-superior blue laser technology

FARO Edge ScanArm HD  combines all of the advantages of a hard probing system with the capabilities of the FARO Laser Line Probe HD to provide rapid point cloud collection with high-definition resolution and precise accuracy – all in a compact, easy-to-use, and fully-integrated system.

The FARO Edge ScanArm HD is ideal for product development, inspection and quality control, and offers capabilities such as point-cloud comparison with CAD, rapid prototyping, reverse engineering, and 3D modeling of free-form surfaces.

The FARO Laser Line Probe HD brings together the power of a blue laser, state-of-the art camera and optics to maximize:

  1. Scanning speed, delivering highest possible productivity
  2. Accuracy
  3. High-Definition resolution that captures clear, noise-free data with intricate details
  4. Scanning of challenging surfaces including dark and reflective materials

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In designing the Laser Line Probe HD, FARO’s engineers recognized and seamlessly integrated all the key factors that work in harmony to optimize performance.

For a laser line probe product, the key design parameters impacting performance are:

  1. Laser Type – typically blue laser or red laser
  2. Optics – The lenses used on the camera
  3. Frame Rate – the speed at which the camera can capture a scanned area, measured in points per second and driven by the chip set that the camera uses
  4. Laser Line Width – also called beam width or scan stripe width

Laser Type

Today’s scanners employ one of two laser types: blue laser or red laser. The Laser Line Probe HD leverages an optically-superior blue laser technology.

Blue lasers have a shorter wavelength, which delivers improved scanning results with higher resolution thanks to greater ability to discern smaller detail in an object.

Blue laser technology also provides a 50% reduction in speckle noise that is proportional to wavelength and degrades measurement accuracy.

For the user the benefits are immediately evident: the FARO Laser Line Probe HD’s blue laser offers 50% better optical resolution than a red laser scanner. This difference is most noticeable when scanning optically challenging objects with dark, shiny or reflective surfaces. With red laser technology, it is sometimes necessary to use a special spray on the scanned object to make the surface less reflective, or multiple target placements.

The blue laser’s higher resolution dramatically reduces the need to spray parts. This removes an unnecessary step from your measurement process and saves you valuable time and productivity.

Do you want to learn more about the FARO Edge ScanArm HD and its Laser Line Probe HD?

Please download our tech sheet or contact us by phone!

Stay tuned!

 In the next weeks we will post more details about the other Key Design Parameters and Features (Optics, Frame Rate and Laser Line Width) that are seamlessly integrated in the FARO Laser Line Probe HD to deliver simultaneous high-definition resolution and fast scanning!

Jul
10
2015

FARO @ Advanced Manufacturing Show Success 2015

FARO UK staff reported great interest in, and high levels of sales leads related to the company’s new technologies exhibited at the Advanced Manufacturing Show 2015.

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.

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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.

Jun
16
2015

Pratt & Miller Uses FARO Laser ScanArm for GM’s Corvette Racing Program

PROBLEM

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.

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SOLUTION

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.

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ROI

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.”

Jun
15
2015

FARO helps Reichenbacher Hamuel GmbH to achieve maximum 3D precision

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Jun
11
2015

FARO Scanner Freestyle3D wins Red Dot Award 2015 for product design

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.

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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.

Jun
01
2015

FARO® Edge ScanArm HD wins Innovation Trophy

This year, some 148 innovative products were in the running for the various trophies awarded by the organiser of the Industrie Lyon trade fair, the reference trade fair for all industry professionals. A panel of industrial and institutional experts and journalists from the specialised trade press reviewed the innovations submitted, and awarded the prize to the innovative FARO Edge ScanArm HD.

The Edge ScanArm HD is a compact and simple to use high performance contact/non-contact portable measurement system that combines the flexibility of the FARO Edge measuring arm with the power of the high definition FARO Laser Line Probe HD.

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The FARO Laser Line Probe HD has been developed with complex application needs of automotive, subcontracting and mechanical engineering companies in mind.  Intricate components can be captured in the finest level of detail as a result of the 2,000 actual points per scan line, while the 450 nm Blue Laser improves the detection of the line by the camera. The extra wide scan stripe and fast frame rate (280 frames/second) boosts productivity by increasing coverage and reducing scanning time. Furthermore the improved HDR (High Dynamic Range) Mode and advanced software algorithms allows seamless scanning across diverse surface materials regardless of contrast, reflectivity or part complexity, without any special coatings.

May
27
2015

FARO @ THE ADVANCED MANUFACTURING SHOW / SUBCON

The Advanced Manufacturing Show, brought to you by MWP, provides a platform for board-level decision makers, production and quality engineers to interact with the latest technology and gain a competitive edge by applying high-productivity solutions to enhance manufacturing performance, efficiency and quality.

Showcasing world class advanced manufacturing technologies, visitors will be able to review, plan and make their investment decisions for machine tools & accessories, laser, cutting tools and manufacturing software.

AM & Subcon Event

Co-located with the Subcon ShowThe Engineer Design & Innovation Show and a world-class technology and innovation Conference led by The Engineer, this is an invaluable opportunity to gain insight from leading experts on current industry challenges and stay up-to-date on the latest manufacturing developments, best practice and new trends at one venue over three days.

Thus providing us with the perfect platform to showcase our innovative product range, including our FARO EDGE ScanArm HD, FARO Gage and FARO Laser Tracker Vantage!

Dates: 02nd – 04th Jun, 2015

Address: Hall 4, NEC, Birmingham

Stand No: A37

We are looking forward welcoming you!



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