Wind energy is an important beacon of hope for everyone interested in a cleaner and more sustainable energy supply. Today’s wind turbines have capacities of up to 5 MW thanks to rotor blades that can be over 50 metres long and weigh up to 18 tonnes. In this fast-changing environment where design refinements are introduced almost daily, only one rule is infallible: greater accuracy means greater efficiency.
Skykon is a recognised player in the rapidly growing global wind energy sector for the production of plugs and moulds for wind turbine rotors. Today every second CNC-milled master plug being made for the wind industry is a Skykon product. Behind this remarkable success story was Skykon’s pioneering involvement in large-scale CNC-milling. Having worked closely with the manufacturer on the development of the world’s largest and most precise 5-axis CNC-milling machine, Skykon gained a head start and overtook many companies that have been building blades for much longer.
“Skykon was founded because we saw the future of the industry and set out to meet the anticipated need” says Sales Director Michael Andersen. “As pioneers we are always trying to keep one step ahead and that is why we chose the Faro Laser Tracker Xi for our quality control and alignment processes.”
Visit us at our Roadshow „Laserscanning in architecture and industrial plant construction” in Ulm, Frankfurt, Erlangen and Munich (Germany) from 5th – 8th July. We present the interaction between as built documentation with the FARO Laser Scanner Photon, the point cloud analysis software PointCloud from kubit and the brand new Point Cloud Platform of the AutoCAD 2011 solutions for architecture and industrial plant design and construction.
Hygie-tech SA offers true real time fluid dynamics simulations to solve problems in the field of clean room management and contamination control across a wide range of heavily regulated and quality- focussed industries. The pharma, bio/medtech, electronics and food industries all need to create and maintain sterile or hygienic conditions. The tiniest particles of dust can ruin an electronics production batch while infectious airborne germs pose serious health risks in hospitals and the food industry.
Thanks to Hygie-tech SA’s innovative software and an efficient FARO-based workflow, clients across a wide range of industries can now optimise their HVAC and other parameters to control contamination cost-effectively.
FARO and Aberlink are organizing an Open House in Eastcombe on 8th July. Visitors will be able to see demonstrations of FARO’s portable CMM and CAM2 Q measurement software as well as Aberlink’s software.
Experimental design practice ‘sixteen*(makers)’ based at University College London have been given a prime position in the architecture room at this year’s Royal Academy Summer Show. Curated by Sir David Chipperfield, over 200 exhibits from many of the UK’s leading design practices have been selected by the award winning designer “to shed light on the common language on which all architects draw”. The work by sixteen*(makers) presents an exported high resolution view from a 3D scan of their recently completed building known as 55/02. The scan was captured on a FARO Laser Scanner Photon 120 currently on loan from FARO to UCL for collaborative research in engineering and architecture. 55/02 was designed as an experimental collaboration with steel fabrication firm Stahlbogen GmbH for a remote site within Kielder Water and Forest Park, Northumberland UK. The work was completed in June 2009 with many of the final design decisions made in the process of manufacture without revising the drawn model. Equipped with the Photon 120 the designers returned to Kielder early this year and captured the projects final iteration as a scan. Bob Sheil, senior lecturer at UCL and partner in sixteen*(makers) says “In construction, the as-built is invariably different to the as-designed. Changes and alterations are made in the course of assembly by numerous agencies, some deliberate, some accidental, some circumstantial. In this regard, 3D scanning offers both the designer and the maker a powerful tool to understand the invisible traces between the ideal and the real. It becomes even more fascinating when these differences are understood and exploited”.
Coventry, 18th June 2010 – FARO, the world’s leading provider of portable measurement and imaging systems, has seen a huge success at this year’s MACH which took place at the NEC, Birmingham from 7th – 11th June 2010.
David Homewood, Area Vice President for the UK, France and Benelux is highly satisfied with the outcome of the show, “MACH is the most established showcase for UK manufacturing. It is the UK’s premier manufacturing technologies event, and we have seen a very high level of interest in our products. We noticed that visitors are more and more educated and have deep understanding of the technology. Especially our FARO ScanArm received very positive feedback.”
FARO is hosting an Open House at KITS (Junction25 Conference and Meeting Venue) in Brighouse on 6th July. Visitors will be able to see demonstrations of FARO’s portable CMM FaroArm and ScanArm, FARO Gage, FARO Laser Tracker and software solutions.
Software from Pointools is being used to create 3D walk through models to explore the viability of laser scanning on the Moon and Mars. Researchers from Navajo Technical College together with representatives from NASA and New Mexico Tech laser scanned a volcanic formation in New Mexico gathering 240 million individual measurements. Using Pointools software, the data was processed to create an immersive and interactive 3D computer model from which NASA scientists can assess the potential of laser scanning for future missions.