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.
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.
Goodyear is one of the pioneers of automotive history. And yet car tyres were not the first products made by the company from Ohio. At the end of the 19th century the car was an exotic, niche product at which time the company’s founders began producing bicycle tyres, tyres for coaches and other products made from rubber, such as fire hoses.
In 1912 the company expanded into Europe and in 1966 the tyre factory in Philippsburg, Germany, became the largest production plant outside the USA. Today 900 employees working a four-shift schedule produce up to 19,000 tyres a day, seven days a week, in Philippsburg. 60 percent of which are destined to be fitted to new cars. Goodyear’s customers include some of the biggest car and truck brands. Because the tyre specifications of the individual car manufacturers vary greatly and there is no room for manoeuvre in production, the original equipment manufacturers demand very high-quality products. For this reason precision is essential in the Goodyear tyre production plant.
All of the system components involved in production, such as machines and conveyors, must therefore be precisely aligned with one another. Otherwise inaccuracies could lead to undesirable variations and, at worst, production outages. In order to prevent this, the maintenance specialists at Goodyear record the exact position of the machine components and their positions relative to on another, using the FARO Laser Tracker Vantage
However, when the car began its triumphant progress at the beginning of the 20th century, Goodyear played an essential role: Henry Ford equipped the first series production car, the Model T, with tyres from the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. With tyre production for the first vehicles from Daimler, Goodyear established itself on the international market and in 1916 became the world’s biggest tyre manufacturer.
In addition to production security, the precise alignment of the machines also has a crucial effect on the properties of the end product. Only when all parts of the system work perfectly together are the quality, rolling characteristics and cornering stability of the tyres correct.
For Can Coskun, maintenance specialist and maintenance planner at the Philippsburg plant, this makes the precision of the laser tracker aguarantee of high product quality and customer satisfaction: “The influence of the laser tracker can be directly “experienced” by the end customer. The smallest production variation is dramatically reflected in the performance of the tyre.“
After good experiences with the FARO laser tracker at other Goodyear plants, they have also been used in Phillippsburg since 2005, including the latest model, a FARO Laser Tracker Vantage, since 2013. In addition to the high degree of accuracy, Can Coskun also appreciates the time-savings that the measurement system brings. With the FARO Laser Tracker Vantage the setup time of a new machine can be shortened by up to a week. Faults caused by inaccurately adjusted plant components are also rectified quickly with the aid of the tracker. This means that malfunctions on a production machine can be eliminated within a day by means of measurement and readjustment.
For Can Coskun, the FARO lasre Tracker Vantage is the perfect measuring tool for use in the maintenance and servicing of Goodyear’s machines. It is very fast and versatile in use and it is extremely easy to control. The tool also saves time and is extremely accurate.
Have a look and see how Mercedes-Benz uses the FARO ScanArm to design and produce its M-Class.
Whether it’s small machined parts requiring precision diameters, alignment of large equipment or setting up machine tools, or even documenting entire buildings and environments, three-dimensional measurement data can help companies make more informed decisions and produce better quality products.
Read this white paper to learn more about the latest 3D measurement tools, how they work, and their common applications.
For access to other white papers on 3D measurement topics, follow this link.
Your FaroArm does a lot more than you might think
It measures, it scans, is slices and dices. Okay, the FaroArm has not worked its way into kitchens around the world yet, but it is used for a lot more than measuring parts and capturing geometries in 3D. In fact, you don’t have to look far to find FARO customers using their Arms in interesting ways, like preserving historical artifacts or designing crash test dummies.
No, your ScanArm will not cut through a hammer head and still be sharp enough to slice a red, ripe tomato. But, it can be used in all sorts of applications that you may not have considered. Here are a few.
Bringing history to life
The Smithsonian Institution uses their Edge ScanArm to create 3D models of ancient artifacts, including the remains of American naturalist, Robert Kennicott. Last year, the team put the finishing touches on a new bust of the explorer constructed from scan data and a 3D printed model of his skull. The Smithsonian isn’t alone in using the arm to document historic artifacts, either.
Own a CNC, waterjet, or robot? Use the FaroArm to trace the surface of raw materials and digitize the toolpath before ever making a cut, just like KMT RoboticSolutions. In this way, we predefine a precise shape and “teach” the machine with a high degree of accuracy. Then, use the arm to measure the finished part and check it for accuracy.
Neat little packages
Fitting square products into round boxes – and vice versa – is not always the most effective way to package your newest innovation. Instead, scan your products with the ScanArm, import that data into any number of design programs (here, here or here) and design custom packaging that fits just right. It’ll look better and do a better job of protecting your products for resale.
By adding a third-party camera to the ScanArm, we can combine real and digital imagery (augmented reality) to give the operator a virtual view of the parts to be inspected or assembled. Don’t believe it? See it here.
Making smarter dummies
Researchers from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRSI) are helping to create better crash test dummies (not the Canadian folk-rock band you remember from the mid-90s) through their research of driver posture and anthropometry. By using a FaroArm to capture data on driver position and the 3D locations of body landmarks, engineers can design better dummies that accurately mimic the response of the human body during a crash.
Do you have a new or innovative way to use the arm that perhaps we haven’t mentioned here? Let us know in the comment section below or share it on Facebook.
Want to know more ways to get the most from your FaroArm? Contact FARO today and learn how.
ESS Bilbao is a technical scientific facility facing the challenge of constructing the first high-intensity linear accelerator in Spain.
At ESS Bilbao, laser tracker technology is integrated into the entire accelerator system to measure the components and mechanical parts of the accelerator and to align all of its sections.
Carlos Martínez de Marigorta explains: “with regard to applications in the area of generated neutrons, the ones that stand out are laboratories that work with neutron ‘scattering’ (which would be used by the scientific and industrial community) and neutron time of flight. The FARO Laser Tracker is an essential system in any accelerator in order to be able to align its components.”
Mecat 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.
The flexibility of the FaroArm enables it to tackle multiple applications under one roof. It allows for quality improvements across different processes resulting in time and production cost savings.
Have a look at this infographic and learn more about the following applications:
• Goods inwards inspection
• Inspection of large parts
• Machine alignment
• CAD comparison
• On-machine inspection
• Dimensional inspection
• Reverse Engineering/Prototyping
• Measurement room inspection
The following features and benefits showcase how the Vantage can help you produce more competitive products, accelerate product
improvement, and deliver high-performing products.
1. 25% smaller and 28% lighter
2. New carrying cases offer ultimate portability
3. SmartFind target detection
4. Water and dust resistant IP52 rating
5. Integrated WLAN
7. 45% longer measurement range
9. MultiView cameras
10.Additional features, from TriMap encoders to Instant-On Laser, and from an integrated weather station to Smart Warm-Up.
For more information visit www.faro.com/lasertracker
On March 8th you will have the chance to see the latest in SpatialAnalyzer’s metrology solutions for every application. It offers the simple tools for the everyday jobs and in depth suite of capabilities you need to tackle the tough jobs. It interfaces to every FARO instrument simultaneously and makes it easy to get the results you need quickly. The depth of the SA architecture and graphics provides the traceability needed to validate the results under the most rigorous tests.