Chesterfield based Ondrives Ltd is a precision manufacturer of gears, gearboxes, bearing housings and a wide range of associated products. In addition to supplying a large UK customer base, the company’s output is distributed worldwide through a network of agents. Ondrives supply an all-inclusive range of standard, off-the-shelf products that feature in its comprehensive gear product catalogue, and also design and manufacture ‘specials’ to customers’ individual requirements. Through the use of the company’s state-of-the-art design facilities and machine tools, Ondrives’ skilled staff are able to design and produce parts ranging in size from just a few millimeters, to components of one meter plus.
As part of Ondrives’ pursuit of continuous improvements the company recently purchased a FARO Gage measuring arm to help further increase its shop-floor measurement capabilities. Through continuous investment and development Ondrives has established an excellent global reputation. Much of this reputation has been built on the outstanding quality of our products. Our all-embracing inspection procedures and material traceability checks cover goods-inward, though all stages of production and on to final inspection.
Prior to final inspection, our production operatives take responsibility for the quality of their own output and have access to a wide range of premium measuring instruments. To help expand the range of accurate measurements our operators are able to make whilst components are located in the machines tools, we recently purchased a FARO Gage measuring arm.
“Not only has our new FARO product improved the accuracy and repeatability of our on machine checks, it allows us to correct errors at source. The Gage’s ease of use has considerably speeded-up our in-process inspection tasks and has resulted in reduced machine tool down-time and increased productivity.
“As the Gage is so user-friendly and intuitive, our operators who underwent the original product training have been able to explain its use to all other relevant colleagues. Now, each of our operators has become proficient in the Gage’s use. Given its popularity with our operators and its highly portable nature, the Gage is now used throughout our facility.
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The Engineering Testing Show 2014 will bring together professional engineers across a wide range of disciplines and industrial sectors who share a professional interest in the practice of engineering testing.
During this event FARO will present its cutting-edge metrology products such the FARO Edge touchscreen computer for basic measurements, the recently launched FARO Laser ScanArm HD with the lightest laser line probe for non-contact measurements and the FARO Gage with barcode scanner.
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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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 email@example.com
FARO UK invites you to the Northern Manufacturing & Electronics Event, the largest exhibition in the UK dedicated to serving the needs of manufacturing and electronics industries in the North of England.
The two-day long event will be held in Manchester at the ‘Event City’ and will run from 1st – 2nd October.
We will present our cutting-edge metrology products such as; the FARO Edge with the fastest and most accurate Laser Line Probe yet and touchscreen computer for basic measurements, the FARO Gage with barcode scanner and the FARO Laser Tracker Vantage for large volume measurements.
With the recent launch of the FARO Edge ScanArm HD, this event will give you the opportunity to meet one-on-one with FARO team members and receive a demonstration of the new Laser Line Probe HD!
Dates: 1st – 2nd October 2014
Location: Event City, Manchester
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org…FARO looks forward to welcoming you!
With technology improving at a rapid rate and goods becoming more advanced, the parts required for manufacturing have also become more complex and complicated. This has meant the need for tighter tolerances when carrying out quality checks.
A traditional style co-ordinate measuring machine (CMM) can be used to check a small run of parts and this process is very thorough and creates a large amount of data which can be useful. However, the downside to this method is of course that the parts have to be moved from the shop floor into the lab and this can be very time consuming. Also, using a CMM for high volume inspections can frequently generate bottlenecking caused by a lack of operators for the CMM or time to finish a complete inspection of a large amount of parts.
FARO offers the unique chance to win interesting prizes.
Just book a free product demonstration for any of our coordinate measuring machines or 3D imaging devices, choose your preferred Christmas gift from the wish list and you will be entered into the draw.
Interested and new to FARO? Check out the Christmas gifts and terms & conditions at: www.faro.com/christmas/uk
CAM2 SmartInspect software allows measurements without CAD data. The software was developed, focussing on a simple and intuitive operation and on a short learning curve. Even users with minimal knowledge of 3D measuring technology can achieve accurate measuring results in a short period of time.
The basic version of CAM2 SmartInspect has a clear user interface besides the most relevant functions. Actual pictures of components can, for example, be added to every measurement process providing the user an image-based support.
In the pro version of CAM2 SmartInspect the user is shown a 3D live view that serves to present the recorded dimensions to optimum effect. On the one hand it provides the user with a quick orientation. On the other hand, features that measure length, angle or a combination of both, can be recorded directly on the screen.
The automatic feature-recognition function speeds up the measuring process, as it assists the user in processing a measuring sequence with few, if any, clicks.
Another advantage: the software thinks for itself! It automatically suggests a range of functions and commands which might be needed in the course of the measuring process. In this way, inexperienced users get tips and tricks regarding the software’s capability and professionals can use this function to speed up the working process.
CONTROL, the major European exhibition dedicated to metrology, opened its doors this morning in Stuttgart, Germany. Every day, visitors will have the opportunity to discover the latest trends in quality control and attend events organized by the exhibitors.
See the photos of FARO’s chopper designed by Paul Jr. Designs, of the televisionshow American Chopper on our Facebook Page. Visitors at the FARO stand have the opportunity to be photographed on the powerful machine that was created exclusively for FARO’s 30th anniversary.
As with most custom choppers created by Paul Jr. Designs, the FaroArm was used to manufacture the birthday bike. It is important for PJD to be able to create unique pieces with speed and efficiency. Some elements, including the fuel tank, the seat pan and the cover of the primary belt give a glimpse of the real talent that goes into the design of each piece. All these elements have complex shapes and contours difficult to understand or replicate by hand.
The FaroArm scans the exact shape and location of the parts. The design and creation of cardboard templates are thus basically useless. The data collected by the arm can immediately be imported to a CNC machine or waterjet cutting tool to produce parts with high precision in perfect shape from the very start. The FaroArm therefore reduces waste, saves time and increases overall efficiency.
For more photos of the FARO Chopper visit our Facebook Page or come and visit us at Control and get your photo taken!
Stuttgart Trade Fair, 14-17 May 2013
Booth 3404 in Hall 3
Congratulations to Corvette Racing for their historic victory in the most grueling race of the season, the 24 Hours of Le Mans! The win came as Chevrolet celebrates its 100th anniversary and the 10th anniversary of Corvette Racing’s first Le Mans victory in 2001.
FARO is a proud sponsor of Corvette Racing and a long-time partner with Pratt & Miller Engineering. Corvette Racing, which is run by Pratt & Miller, has used FaroArms in the design, quality control and race-specification compliance of their vehicles; the Gage validates parts in their precision machine shop; and the ScanArm reverse-engineers components. This allows the company’s engineers and technicians to accurately and efficiently produce everything from small, individual components and sub-assemblies to complete turnkey road and race cars.
Pratt & Miller used the FaroArm, FARO Gage and FARO Laser ScanArm in order to design, construct and analyze ‘virtual’ components, CFD (computational fluid dynamics), systems, and complete cars – every facet of a project from initial conception to the finished product. The combination of Pratt & Miller team’s expertise and FARO’s portable, computerized measuring technologies offers a total design solution, so Pratt & Miller has unmatched time and cost efficiencies, accuracy, and performance.