Jan
13
2016

FARO presents the new FARO Factory Array 3D Imager! 3D Scanning for the shop floor and the assembly line

The FARO Factory Array 3D Imager is a metrology-grade, non-contact scanner, which utilizes blue light technology to capture millions of high-resolution 3D coordinate measurements in seconds.

Ideal for the production environment and easily deployed within manual or automated manufacturing workflows, Array Imager delivers fast and consistent measurements, independent of the operator, for quality inspection and reverse engineering applications on parts, assemblies, and tools.

Cobalt’s versatility supports a variety of deployment options including rotary stage, industrial robot inspection cells and multiple imager arrays.

Technical key features that support challenging applications include, among other, the following:

> Multiple Imager Arrays: Expand field of view with flexible configurations of multiple Array units operating  simultaneously

> On-Board Processing: Delivers fast, reliable performance and ease of integration

> Stereo Cameras: Enable high accuracy, stability and self-monitoring

> Enhanced Stereo Mode: Maximizes coverage area in each scan and shortens inspection time

> Interchangeable Lenses: Provide flexibility for multiple fields of view

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The most significant benefits of the new FARO Factory Array 3D Imager:

> Increase productivity by automating measurement workflows

> Multiply productivity with multiple imager arrays

> Real-time 3D data for statistical process control (SPC)

> Measurement accuracy ensured by self-monitoring

> Easy to configure and integrate

> Easy set-up and transport

Do you want to learn more about the FARO Factory Array 3D Imager?

Please click here for more information or contact us by phone 00800-3276-7253

Stay tuned!

During the next few weeks, we will post more details about the key features of the new FARO Factory Array 3D Imager!

Mar
02
2015

EKO MEĐIMURJE d.d. – Croatian Innovation

EKO MEĐIMURJE d.d. uses the FARO devices for quality control in manufacturing. In particular, using the FARO Laser Tracker ION is used for parts alignment and saves 5 hours of production time per day on a capital intensive SHW milling machine. Many articles have been written highlighting the revolution from bricks and mortar businesses to online shopping, but this is a story of a company that developed a brick that saves mortar, and then reinvented itself to become a metal products manufacturer with a global client base. It’s a story of Croatian innovation.

The common thread in the activities of EKO MEĐIMURJE d.d. is making things better by making them simpler – that’s why they created interlocking oversized house bricks, which save clay, mortar and brick-laying effort. Besides the brick-making plant, the company also has a retail home and garden centre. But when the real estate crisis hit Europe, EKO MEĐIMURJE d.d. wasn’t caught off-guard.

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Having developed their own engineering capabilities to update their brick plants, they already had relationships in other industries and an active development department working on new ideas in the area of metal work and machining. Today, EKO has renowned global players like Liebherr, Caterpillar, Wirtgen and Komatsu on their customer list.

Zoran Zdolec, Manager of electrical facilities at EKO MEĐIMURJE, explains “We use ProEngineer CAD software to design the product in accordance with the customers requirements. Then we use modern metal forming tools to create all the parts.” EKO recently invested in two FARO devices, a Laser Tracker ION and a FaroArm Fusion accompanied by FARO CAM2 Measure 10 software and three weeks of training with Filip Donlic from Teximp d.o.o.– the FARO reseller for Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia. “Thanks to this investment EKO now has the latest in measuring tools for quality control and product documentation.”

Besides the documentation and quality control uses, EKO made one ROI calculation that really contributed to the investment decision. EKO has a SHW milling machine that is used for large parts. The milling head was equipped with a Renishaw measuring head. When parts were being aligned prior to machining using the Renishaw head, the machine is at a standstill and this process could take up to two hours for a very large part.

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Filip Donlic was visiting the factory and saw that there is enough room on the machine table to begin alignment of a second part while the first part is still being milled. He recommended a FARO Laser Tracker ION for this process. “By overlapping the process of parts alignment and part milling, EKO is now saving around five hours of production time per day on this capital-intensive machine,” explains Donlic with satisfaction.

The FARO ION is now used to ensure that each part is perfectly aligned with the machine axis while another part is being finished. Once the milling head is free, the Renishaw can be used to collect a couple of reference points, but this only takes few minutes.

The SHW machine operators are not metrologists, and they work in pairs in three shifts. So the solution had to be very simple to learn and to use: Donlic created an in-software app in CAM2 Measure 10. Now operators can simply follow the on-screen instructions and reference points on the edges of the piece until the app approves the position that has been set.

EKO also uses a FaroArm Fusion for general quality control tasks on its own or in conjunction with the Laser Tracker ION when checking large parts or on parts where features obscure the laser line of sight.

 

Jan
30
2015

Cambium makes a name for itself in the renovation market with help from the FARO Laser Tracker

Machined parts have long been reserved for industrial markets. However, they have recently started being used in the construction industry to meet the demands of architects who are continually pushing the boundaries in both their architectural designs and their choice of materials. As a result, building professionals must find different ways of working, breaking their habit of making on-site adjustments, which would be impossible (as machine tools are not portable) or extremely costly for these kinds of parts. Cambium – an industrial company that has diversified into the construction industry – has understood this change perfectly, as Thomas Mermillod, Head of Research and Development at the company, explains: “It is essential for the parts to fit together well, which means it is necessary to have a very precise knowledge of the topography of the site and to position the first pieces with a high degree of accuracy. With the Focus3D laser scanner and FARO Laser Tracker, we are able to meet this challenge.” While new construction is not simple, renovation projects are even more complicated as the geometrical layout of the site is generally notprecisely known.

Cambium was recently faced with this situation when it participated in the renovation of the concert hall in the Maison de la Radio in Paris. Cambium was selected to manufacture and install the wooden panels of the 140 m2 acoustic reflector hanging from the ceiling in the hall. The company made 200 wooden panels, each one unique, with curved shapes and grooves of different shapes and widths. As sound quality is crucial for the reputation of a concert hall, it was imperative to respect every detail of the requirements set out by the acoustics experts (the Japanese firm Nagata Acoustics). “Without the Laser Tracker, we would not have been able to complete this project. We used the tracker to check the panels after manufacture and particularly when positioning the first panel, as this first element is crucial for the arrangement of all the parts of the structure. This long-range tool is very convenient to use: the camera was located on the ground and guided us as we positioned the panels 12 m above ground level. The tool’s range is also ideal for largescale projects, so we were able to work for an entire day without changing its position,” said Thomas Mermillod.

 

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Cambium has been using the FARO Laser Tracker for eight years. The company uses it for the two main tasks for which laser trackers are employed – control and alignment aid. Initially, Cambium also used the tracker for scanning sites and buildings, which was a bit tedious because this required a point-by-point survey. As the Focus v laser scanner automatically creates a point cloud, things have become much easier. The tool proved to be invaluable in the renovation of the concert hall in the Maison de la Radio. It allowed Cambium to create a plan of the architecturally complex hall, which has almost no flat areas (vertical or horizontal) or angles, but many curves. “Another very important aspect of the FARO product range is that it is very easy to use the laser tracker and laser scanner within the same reference framework and using the same software (PolyWorks, in our case),” concludes Thomas Mermillod.

If you’d like to find out more about the FARO Laser Tracker then check out our FARO UK Website along with Laser Tracker User Stories to see what FARO can do for you!

Jan
05
2015

Automatic Press in the Automotive Sector

 

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Pressing Matters

Regardless of what the logo says and in no matter which country an automobile was assembled, the result is produced by multi-tonne presses marked with a single name: Schuler.

Schuler’s origins stretch back 175 years and with revenue exceeding one billion, Schuler is a global giant among press manufacturers.

Quality Assurance

The FaroArm Platinum and FARO Vantage Laser Tracker both offer Schuler mobility for measuring as you can set them up quickly and easily, and also portability as they can be brought to the site where your equipment is assembled with minimal effort. For this reason Schuler values these systems highly, and sees great potential for the TrackArm in the future.

Download FARO Cosmos Magazine today for the full article and more!

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Dec
04
2014

Featured White Paper: Reverse Engineering with 3D Measurement

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Okay, so the question is: what exactly is reverse engineering?

Reverse Engineering is the process of duplicating an existing product without the aid of drawings, documentation, or computer models.

Normally the product designer creates a drawing showing how an object is to be built and then the object is manufactured by following the design drawing.

However, with reverse engineering the steps are inverted and the object is ‘reverse engineered’ to discover its structure, function and operation. Therefore, duplication of the part is enabled by capturing physical dimensions, features and material properties.

The FARO ScanArm is a portable CMM ideally suited for reverse engineering applications. One key advantage of using the ScanArm to inspect is that soft, deformable, and complex shapes can be easily inspected without coming into contact with the part, greatly reducing the risk of damaging the item.

Interested in reading more about reverse engineering and success stories with its use? Download the full white paper here!

Nov
30
2014

FARO Edge ScanArm HD assists in World Water Speed Record Challenge

Modern-day challengers have a clear benchmark against which to measure their skill and ingenuity. The World Water Speed Record is the pinnacle of sporting achievement on water – a compelling contest by man and machine, played out on a backcloth of wind and wave, distance and time.
The current record of 317.60 mph was set by Australian Ken Warby, in Spirit of Australia on the 8th of October 1978, at Blowering Dam Reservoir, NSW, Australia. Although this impressive mark has been challenged on several occasions, the record has now stood resolute for more than 36 years.

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With the objective of bringing the Water Speed Record back to the UK, author Nigel Macknight established the ambitious Quicksilver project. Now, after much development work, experimentation and in-depth trials, an extremely efficient boat design has emerged.

With the help of the FARO Edge ScanArm HD data has been gathered relating to all of the Quicksilver boats external surfaces. The rapid capture of precise data will help to expedite the penultimate stage of the project. The FARO 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 ideal for challenging application requirements, such as In-Process Inspection and Automotive.

Want to find out more about the Quicksilver case study? Then download a copy here. Or to find out more about our other FARO products then head to our website!

Nov
27
2014

Accurate Mold Construction Without Compromises!

HZ FbZ Züttlingen, a manufacturer of pressing tools and plastic injection, was founded in 1968 as a separate specialist department of the long-established August Läpple AG in Heilbronn, Germany.

The highest level of precision is demanded in the manufacture of tools produced by Züttlingen. The molds are milled out of a metal block on huge milling machines and then finished to an accuracy of hundredths of a millimetre. The tools must ultimately be adequate for the extreme precision requirements of the automotive industry.

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Nov
25
2014

Spyker makes in-house production possible with FAROArm Prime

Quality controls are an essential part of the production process. The producer of exclusive sport cars, Spyker, knows all about it. Each model is made by hand in order to ensure the highest quality vehicle time and time again. And that requires upmost precision and comprehensive quality control.

Thus, Skyper eventually ended up with FARO as a partner. The high accuracy of the FAROArm Prime in combination with it’s ease of use and wide-range meant it was ideal for the in-house inspection Spyker needed to carry out.

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The FAROArm Prime delivers the highest FaroArm accuracy at an amazing value. The Prime is the ideal solution for measurements in inspection, reverse engineering, CAD-to-part analysis and for anywhere else a high-accuracy, hard-probing measurement solution is needed.

To find out more about Skyper and FARO’s involvement in the inspection process, then download our full case study, or head to our website to find out more about what FARO can do for you!

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.

 

F-35 FARO Laser Tracker Vantage

 

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
19
2014

No component goes unchecked at Mürdter

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When it comes to quality assurance at the automotive supplier Mürdter, nothing is left to chance. Each product is checked with a FARO measuring arm in order to guarantee that only flawless components are distributed to their customers.

Mürdter specialise in metal and plastic processing and every day the development engineers at Mürdter ask themselves the same basic question: How can we make this component even lighter without sacrificing quality?

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