FARO @ GTMA – Make Measurement Matter

FARO UK invites you the GTMA – Make Measurement Matter event. The MMM event is a focal point for technology transfer from the science of measurement into the most demanding manufacturing environments. With keynote speakers from industry-leading ‘blue chip’ manufacturing companies, and over 45 of the country’s leading Metrology specialists,

MMM 2015, taking place on the 15th of October, provides an opportunity for you to learn more about the very latest measurement and inspection technologies and services available; knowledge that could provide a vital competitive edge.”

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.

The 2015 Roadshow will be held at Kettering Conference centre, this is a free to attend event and registration is now open. Click here for more details!





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!


FARO over the moon with NASA Rocket Sled Scan

Mobile 3D laser applications stand for precision, innovation and speed. Such as architecture, automotive, earth science, manufacturing or forensics can benefit from mobile laser scanning technology, all of which is set to be demonstrated at the FARO 3D Documentation Conference 2015 on the 21st-22nd of May in Böblingen, Stuttgart.

The international conference will see the coming together of experts and enthusiasts from around the world for the 5th time. The common denominator is the current 3D laser scanning technology – beyond their disciplinary boundaries. For example what do the the US space agency NASA, laser scanning technology and architecture have in common? Aplenty according to a lecture by Larry Klein Kemper AIA, Lanmar Services from Texas, USA at our 3D Documentation Conference “Motor World”.

Renowned architect Larry Klein Kemper, with a focus on BIM, made a name for himself in both Europe and America as the mastermind of animation, rendering and computer modelling.

NASA is known for its exceptional developments and spaceships, of which often ensue exceptional structures.  Disused vehicles such as an oversized rocket sled should simply be documented and be kept as exhibition pieces and 3D models for museums. Larry Klein Kemperis set to show how the large NASA Rocket sled precise point clouds are formed outside with the help of the FARO Focus 3D X 330.

NASA - Rocket sled

The freestyle then starts and the data is transferred in exact geometry. The so-called “Auto Extraction of Geometry” has recently significantly developed, says Larry Klein Kemper – thanks to new software components. The speaker presents two promising possibilities regarding the auto extraction and continues by showing the advantages and limitations of doing so.

The interdisciplinary exchange is very important for the 3D Conference, IT meets film and the software industry meets architecture and transportation planning. Prominent keynote speakers and  first hand reports on current projects. Individual priorities and issues are addressed in the afternoon workshops, including areas such as: Automotive, Conservation and BIM (Building Information Modeling).

The accompanying exhibition with a variety of 3D exhibitors and current software developments rounds off the course of events. An attractive recreational program is also available for the 3D enthusiasts. More information and details can be found here!


Featured White Paper: Laser Trackers Shrink Aircraft-Sized Manufacturing Problems

Due to the sheer size of aircraft and their need for careful, aircraft manufacturing has always been difficult.

In the past, large structures such as wings or fuselages were difficult to make alike because there was no good way to measure them. With the advent of the laser tracker, precise, rapid, reproducible measuring over long distances finally became a reality.

A laser tracker can be set up anywhere, in a design studio or factory, and its vast operating range is large enough to capture the wing of the biggest planes ever conceived! Operation of the laser tracker is also simple, making it the perfect tool for tackling the ‘aircraft-sized problems’ of the aerospace industry.

Click here to download the full white paper and more!

FARO Laser Tracker Vantage


FARO Assists Unison in British Airways Project


Scarborough based Unison Ltd has recently installed a comprehensive turnkey package for tube bending at British Airways’ Heathrow-based aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility.

This turnkey package is aided greatly by an advanced FARO ScanArm that uses laser and tactile measurement techniques to obtain detailed and high accurate 3D representations of tubes, enabling precise and rapid reverse-engineering. The resulting programs can then be downloaded to British Airways’ new bending machines within minutes.

The all-inclusive Unison solution is based on a semi-manual bender with CNC control and a fully CNC all-electric model, both machines are used extensively throughout the global aerospace industry and able to support a wide range of MRO activities.

The loss of revenue resulting from the grounding of modern aircraft can be astronomical, making fast-turnaround MRO capabilities vital to economic performance.

Unison’s renowned tube bending capability, together with the multiple advantages gained through FARO’s precise measurement and reverse engineering competence will help meet the long-term challenging needs of this vital repair and maintenance workshop.


Unison’s complete measure/program/manufacture MRO package will enable a quick and cost-effective repair of fluid lines on aircraft by reverse engineering parts and then accurately re-creating them in the workshop.

Under the terms of the order from British Airways, Unison is responsible for all aspects of bending machine integration and associated equipment connectivity. As Unison’s Managing Director, Alan Pickering, points out, “This turnkey solution demands tight integration of hardware and software resources to create a seamless production environment for efficient on-demand manufacture of specialist precision parts.

“As FARO is a global leader within the field of portable, precise measurement and is a trusted Unison ‘partner’, we were delighted to include the company’s advanced ScanArm and software as part of this turnkey package. The synergy between the ScanArm’s excellent reverse-engineering capability and Unison’s advanced tube bending machines, results in the perfect all-inclusive package.”


With versatile contact and non-contact measuring capabilities, the innovative ScanArm is ideal for performing rapid reverse-engineering tasks. In addition the popular FARO instrument can utilise CAD overlays to check geometries against design or CAD comparison and evaluate deviations in surface form, ensuring that all inspected parts are manufactured to exact tolerances.

Unison’s proven expertise within the aerospace sector and FARO’s accurate, reliable ScanArm are both guaranteeing a comprehensive package offering for British Airways.

For more information on the FARO ScanArm click here!


Featured White Paper: An Alternative to Check Fixtures

One major aspect of automotive and aerospace manufacturing has long been that the critical nature of the final products they build requires their parts and sub-components to be free of defects.

However, the need for manufacturers to keep costs down and efficiency up in order to remain competitive in the marketplace has a negative effect on the manufacturers’ ability to ensure totally defect-free parts.

A check fixture is a device that allows production parts to be inspected by comparing the part to the geometry and features of the fixture. If the part and check fixture fit together, the part is “good”.These check fixtures, used in conjunction with hand tools, have provided a balance between the need to keep costs down and part integrity.

Given that check fixtures are extremely expensive and require a large time investment, it is not surprising that firms are now turning to the latest technology to help them eliminate check fixtures from their processes. Portable CMMs offer the ideal solution for keeping costs down and ensuring defect-free parts. Portable CMMs come in many forms, the most common of which are laser trackers, articulating arms and hand-held 3D Laser Scanners.

The choice of technology is based on the parts being measured and the information you need from the parts, and provides a cheaper alternative to the expense of check fixture. Portable CMMs eliminate the need for storage, maintenance and rework costs for check fixtures not currently in use.

Click here to download the full white paper to read more!


FARO at Aero Engineering 2014


FARO UK is happy to announce that we will be participating at this year’s Aero Engineering 2014!

Now in its 6th year, the ‘Aero Engineering Show’ 2014 will host 200+ specialist aerospace-related exhibitors displaying solutions ranging from materials processing technologies to digital design & manufacturing solutions, from test & measurement to process engineering…and much more.

Aero Engineering gives you the unique opportunity to see the leading technology suppliers & supply chain partners/services supporting current & future aerospace engineering supply chain programmes.

At the event we will show you how you can both save time and improve quality by using our portable 3D measurement equipment such as the FARO Gage, FARO Laser Tracker, FaroArm and the brand new FARO Edge ScanArm HD.

Date: 11-12th November
Stand: G38, Hall 5
Location: NEC, Birmingham

For more information visit the official Aero Engineering website or email


Laser trackers shrink aircraft-sized manufacturing problems

Laser trackers shrink aircraft-sized manufacturing problemsBuilding aircraft has always been a struggle between the size of their components and the need to craft them carefully. More than any other device, airplanes epitomize the concept that ‘the devil is in the details’ because in small errors lies the potential for great mischief such as increased drag and decreased range.

In the past, large structures such as wings, fuselages, or vertical stabilizers were difficult to make alike because there was no good way to measure them. The traditional measuring standard for objects over 20 feet was the theodolite.Although theodolite measurements can be fairly precise, they are subject to interpretation and as such are not always reproducible.With the advent of the laser tracker, precise, rapid, reproducible measuring over great distances finally became a reality.

Although laser trackers are used to align large industrial equipment such as metal rolling mills, printing presses, and power generation equipment, one can imagine that they were created expressly for the aerospace industry. A laser tracker can be set up anywhere, in a design studio or factory, and its vast operating range is large enough to capture the wing of the biggest planes ever conceived.

For the aviation industry a laser tracker provides the greatest benefits to mechanical engineering; calibrating machine tools and process monitoring. How this is done you can read in this white paper about mechanical engineering in the aerospace industry.

Learn more? Ask for an onsite product demonstration.


Airbus Final Assembly Line for A350 now in use

Airbus Final Assembly Line for A350 now in useThe French Prime Minister officially inaugurated the 74,000 square-metre Final Assembly Line (FAL) of the Airbus A350 XWB beginning of Oct. “At full production, the FAL will employ some 1,500 people who will build up to ten aircrafts a month as from 2018”.

The A350 XWB is slowly coming to life, with the first two aircrafts (the static aircraft and the first flyable aircraft, MSN1) at different stages of final assembly. The static aircraft has nearly completed assembly, with a full fuselage, two wings and the vertical tail plane joined – as you can see in below user video produced by Airbus.

If you’re lucky enough to visit the new assembly line, you will possibly see FARO’s Laser Trackers in action. FARO is a key supplier of laser trackers and measurement accessories for the Airbus A350 project, which are now installed in every European Airbus manufacturing facility.


Safety at high altitude: 3D measurements in the aerospace industry

Safety at high altitude: 3D measurements in the aerospace industryMecat 5 is a small but dynamic company in the heart of Piedmont which offers cutting-edge quality and technological contents in the special machine production sector.

Recently Mecat 5 manufactured special equipment for REV Aviation SpA – located in Chivasso, Torino – which Alenia uses for the construction of engine nacelles for the new Boeing 777 and 767 aircrafts.

“In addition to the production of parts, REV Aviation requires the respective dimension testing and inspection. Our need to use an adequate device derives from our client’s specific request.”, “said Isidoro Mirabella, owner of Mecat 5.

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