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.
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Evotech, based in Villa Agnedo (Trento, Italy), is a company with an international reach that manufacturers special aftermarket accessories and components for sport and naked bikes.
Particular attention is paid at Evotech to the development of products that celebrate the concepts of design, functionality and ease of assembly. Evotech is therefore one of the points of excellence of ‘Made in Italy’ manufacturing, and has been able to raise its technological level by investing a good percentage of its yearly profits in research and development and cutting-edge production facilities.
- Benelli compressor by Evotech -
In 1972, following a distinguished career in the automotive industry, Gian Paolo Dallara founded Dallara Automobili near Parma, Italy. Since then, the company has expanded, designing and building cars for
almost all of the racing competitions and winning races worldwide.
Dallara is a success story, the result of a passion for mechanics, involving the company’s 180 employees on a daily basis, with all employees at Dallara working with passion and skill on high-technology projects in order to gain the edge in the fiercely competitive world of motor racing.
In particular, it is absolutely crucial that each stage of production and assembly carried out in the factory is tested and validated using adequate measurement and control procedures.
Audi has become a very serious player in the International GT Open Season, with racing-related activities being carried out by their stand-alone division under the banner of ‘quattro GmbH’. With one win already this season, Audi have set their sights on building on their outstanding success last season.
Capristo, specialist in exhaust systems, demonstrates how to customise carbon production for automotive parts.
In this video Capristo and FARO experts show the entire manufacturing process of an engine bay hood for the Ferrari 458 Spider.
It starts with creating a 3D picture using a 3D laser scanner which forms the basis for the development of the prototype. The scanned data are then prepared, cleaned and exported in such a way that these can be further processed using CAD-Software. Have a look what happens next…
Have a look and see how Mercedes-Benz uses the FARO ScanArm to design and produce its M-Class.
The FARO Edge ArmScan will help Caterham F1 Team to optimise their in-house quality control.
The FARO arms will be utilised in two contexts. One will be to support wind tunnel tests by checking both the dimensions and the orientation of model parts being tested within the tunnel.
The other, perhaps more fundamental, will be to allow the team to bring in-house both the manufacturing and associated quality control of the ‘patterns’. These are machined from an epoxy material that are used as templates for making moulds from which carbon fibre components for the team’s cars are produced, as well as checking the dimensional accuracy of the moulds themselves.
FARO UK invites you to Autosport International which truly brings together the world of motorsport under one roof!
The event takes place in Birmingham from 10th till 13th January 2013. We will present our cutting-edge metrology products such the FARO Edge with the lightest and smallest laser line probe and touchscreen computer for basic measurements, and the measurement software CAM2 Measure10.
This year Good Fabs will be present on our stand as our official partner for the show. The company is specialized in bend tooling and supply high quality mandrel bent tube to race teams and other fabrication shops.
We are looking forward to welcoming you!
The FARO UK Team
Lewis’s victory was Vodafone McLaren Mercedes’ sixth grand prix win of the 2012 season and McLaren’s 12th grand prix win on United States soil.
“I’m massively proud and extremely happy. I nearly lost my voice because I was screaming so much on the in-lap – not cool at all!
“To overtake both Red Bulls in the race was the coolest thing for me. The backmarkers really came into play today – and, finally, they worked in my favour. I’ve often been caught out when I’ve been trying to get through traffic, but things finally went my way today.” Hamilton said after the race.
Chris Alston’s Chassisworks has the largest selection of chassis and suspension parts in the automotive aftermarket industry.
Chassisworks serves performance enthusiasts and racers in the domestic muscle car, drag race, and sport truck markets.
Many of Chassisworks’ measurement projects are OEM vehicle frames and stamped sheet metal unibody structures with non-geometric surfaces and features. This makes accurate measurement extremely difficult using traditional tools.
That is where more advanced, state-of-the-art measurement solutions come in. Chassisworks upgraded to the FaroArm Platinum with the Laser Line Probe.
The mobility of the entire system easily allows for leapfrogging to capture data from a large area into a single point cloud. “We found that not only was our accuracy of measurement improved, but also the detail in the data was astounding,” said Scott Rieger, Engineering Manager at Chassisworks.