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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Jan
11
2014

FARO ‘casts’ a spell on Hadleigh quality

FARO ‘casts’ a spell on Hadleigh qualitySince 45 years, Hadleigh Castings has established a reputation as one of the UK’s leading aluminium foundries. The company’s extensive range of aluminium casting technologies and services includes CAD CAM, Pattern Making, Boxless Sand Moulding, Precision Sand Casting, Gravity Die-Casting CNC Machining, Final Finishing and Product Assembly.

Robin Mills, Hadleigh Castings Business Standards Manager explained. “Having looked at several alternative systems that could further improve our quality function and help to increase the flow of our inspection work, we decided to purchase an Edge ScanArm system. Compared to the other available systems, the ScanArm proved to be the ideal tool for product development, inspection and quality control functions.

“Adopting non-contact measurement techniques has considerably speeded-up our 1st article measuring process and significantly reduced our new products’ time to market. An example of the considerable time advantages that we have gained through the use of our FARO ScanArm is the regular detailed inspection that we undertake on a very complex casting. Previously, the painstaking, very precise inspection routine took us over 30 hours to complete. Now, with the use of our FARO Edge ScanArm, we are able to accomplish the complex task with improved levels of accuracy in less than 4 hours” pointed out the Hadleigh Castings Business Standards Manager.

The speed of operation of our new FARO ScanArm has enabled us to significantly speed-up our inspection processes“Given our ever shorter project lead-times, the ScanArm will be utilised to fast track, confirmation of the dimensional alignment of new or modified sample parts against the customer supplied 3D models. Also, as Faro’s software uses graduated colour graphics to indicate the tolerance condition of components’ features, in addition to tabulated reports, we are now also able to supply customised reports containing detailed graphical information ” emphasized Robin Mills.

Robin Mills concludes. “In addition to improving our accuracy capability, the speed of operation of our new FARO ScanArm has enabled us to significantly speed-up our inspection processes. The man hours saved by the use of the FARO Edge ScanArm will ensure that our return on investment time will be even faster than first estimated.”

Read about the ScanArm applications for foundry

About Hadleigh Castings
Hadleigh Castings was founded in 1968 to provide a full aluminium casting and manufacturing service.

Over the years continued investment in technology and training has created a modern, high quality production facility capable of producing precision sand casting and gravity die casting to very close tolerances.

As a leading sand and die foundry we are Professionals in producing quality castings of exacting standards. and consistently produce quality aluminium products for major manufacturers, especially in the UK and European markets, and also for other regions in the world.

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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