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.
Quality controls are an essential part of the production process. The producer of exclusive sport cars, Spyker, knows all about it. Each model is made by hand in order to ensure the highest quality vehicle time and time again. And that requires upmost precision and comprehensive quality control.
Thus, Skyper eventually ended up with FARO as a partner. The high accuracy of the FAROArm Prime in combination with it’s ease of use and wide-range meant it was ideal for the in-house inspection Spyker needed to carry out.
The FAROArm Prime delivers the highest FaroArm accuracy at an amazing value. The Prime is the ideal solution for measurements in inspection, reverse engineering, CAD-to-part analysis and for anywhere else a high-accuracy, hard-probing measurement solution is needed.
The FARO Edge ScanArm HD delivers rapid point cloud collection with extreme resolution and high accuracy – all in a compact, lightweight and easy-to-use system. The new functionalities enable users to seamlessly scan across diverse surface materials regardless of contrast, reflectivity or part complexity and without any special coatings or target placement.
The FARO Edge ScanArm HD is the most affordable, high performance contact/non-contact measurement system and is ideal for product development, inspection, and quality control and offers capabilities such as point cloud comparison with CAD, rapid prototyping, reverse engineering, and 3D modeling of free-from surfaces
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.
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.
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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.