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.
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.
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.
Every minute of every day, in countless towns and cities around the world – including London, Hong Kong, Wellington, New York City, Vancouver and Las Vegas – Alexander Dennis buses carry more than 25,000 passengers. Travellers depend on high quality, reliable and comfortable Alexander Dennis buses as they go about their daily journeys. Routes are covered in conditions ranging from the extremes of tropical heat and humidity of the Far East to the dry heat of the Arizona desert and the intense cold of the Northern winters.
As a supplier of innovative, cost effective products ADL has earned a world-wide reputation for the quality of the company’s vehicles. To help preserve and further develop its stringent quality standards, ADL pursues a policy of continuous improvement. The scrupulous quality standards applied throughout the entire ADL operation are reflected in the company’s principle UK chassis manufacturing centre. Each chassis manufactured in the impressive Guilford plant undergoes meticulous dimensional inspection. As the chassis is a vehicle’s largest structural component, any small inaccuracy or miss-alignment at a given position can be significantly exaggerated in other locations.
Having identified chassis fabrication and inspection as an area where potential efficiencies and quality improvements could be made, Steve Nunn of ADL Guilford searched for a technology that would deliver the required, ease and speed of use and further improve the accuracy capability of the company’s chassis fabrication department. Having considered the alternatives, a Laser Tracker Vantage was purchased from FARO UK.
The FARO Laser Tracker is an extremely accurate, portable coordinate measuring machine that enables users to build products, optimise processes, and deliver solutions by measuring quickly, simply and precisely. Use of the FARO Laser Tracker allows the production of more competitive products, it accelerates improvement initiatives, and delivers high-performing products. With its high accuracy, large measurement range, and advanced features such as MultiView cameras, SmartFind target detection, TruADM, innovative packaging, and a water and dust resistant IP52 rating, the FARO Vantage provides a complete laser tracking solution.
Customers around the world now trust the FARO Laser Tracker to solve their everyday measurement challenges and to resolve their most complex inspection problems. Companies are making considerable saving by completing jobs faster, reducing downtime, eliminating costly scrap, and obtaining accurate, consistent and reportable measurement data.
Fusion for Energy (F4E), the European Union organization managing Europe’s contribution to ITER (an international nuclear fusion research and engineering megaproject), has just awarded the Franco-Italian consortium SIMIC – CNIM the contract to manufacture 70 radial plates for ITER. The contract, expected to run for 4 years and for a value in the range of 160 million EUR, is among the biggest industrial contributions of Europe’s share to the ITER toroidal field magnet system.
Amongst the mist of high-tech precision tools and machines is one of our very own FARO LaserTracker. The FARO Laser Tracker is an extremely accurate, portable coordinate measuring machine that enables you to build products, optimize processes, and deliver solutions by measuring quickly, simply and precisely.
Customers around the world trust the FARO Laser Tracker to solve their everyday measurement challenges as well as their most complex problems that simply weren’t previously possible. Companies are saving millions by completing large part inspection,alignment and machine calibration jobs faster, reducing downtime, eliminating costly scrap, and getting accurate, consistent, and reportable measurement data.
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.
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.
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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