Oct
23
2014

FARO Assists Unison in British Airways Project

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Scarborough based Unison Ltd has recently installed a comprehensive turnkey package for tube bending at British Airways’ Heathrow-based aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility.

This turnkey package is aided greatly by an advanced FARO ScanArm that uses laser and tactile measurement techniques to obtain detailed and high accurate 3D representations of tubes, enabling precise and rapid reverse-engineering. The resulting programs can then be downloaded to British Airways’ new bending machines within minutes.

The all-inclusive Unison solution is based on a semi-manual bender with CNC control and a fully CNC all-electric model, both machines are used extensively throughout the global aerospace industry and able to support a wide range of MRO activities.

The loss of revenue resulting from the grounding of modern aircraft can be astronomical, making fast-turnaround MRO capabilities vital to economic performance.

Unison’s renowned tube bending capability, together with the multiple advantages gained through FARO’s precise measurement and reverse engineering competence will help meet the long-term challenging needs of this vital repair and maintenance workshop.

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Unison’s complete measure/program/manufacture MRO package will enable a quick and cost-effective repair of fluid lines on aircraft by reverse engineering parts and then accurately re-creating them in the workshop.

Under the terms of the order from British Airways, Unison is responsible for all aspects of bending machine integration and associated equipment connectivity. As Unison’s Managing Director, Alan Pickering, points out, “This turnkey solution demands tight integration of hardware and software resources to create a seamless production environment for efficient on-demand manufacture of specialist precision parts.

“As FARO is a global leader within the field of portable, precise measurement and is a trusted Unison ‘partner’, we were delighted to include the company’s advanced ScanArm and software as part of this turnkey package. The synergy between the ScanArm’s excellent reverse-engineering capability and Unison’s advanced tube bending machines, results in the perfect all-inclusive package.”

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With versatile contact and non-contact measuring capabilities, the innovative ScanArm is ideal for performing rapid reverse-engineering tasks. In addition the popular FARO instrument can utilise CAD overlays to check geometries against design or CAD comparison and evaluate deviations in surface form, ensuring that all inspected parts are manufactured to exact tolerances.

Unison’s proven expertise within the aerospace sector and FARO’s accurate, reliable ScanArm are both guaranteeing a comprehensive package offering for British Airways.

For more information on the FARO ScanArm click here!

Oct
16
2014

Featured White Paper: An Alternative to Check Fixtures

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.

Click here to download the full white paper to read more!

Oct
03
2014

FARO at Aero Engineering 2014

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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 postman-uk@faroeurope.com

Sep
26
2014

Evotech aided by FARO Edge ScanArm

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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Sep
22
2014

Unsurpassable Measurements for Dallara

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.

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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.

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Sep
11
2014

FARO @ TCT Live 2014

FARO UK is happy to announce that we will be exhibiting at TCT Live, Birmingham from 30th September – 2nd October 2014!

TCT Live 2014 will give you the chance to see FARO’s cutting-edge metrology products, including the all-new FARO Edge ScanArm HD, the world’s most affordable, high performance contact /non-contact portable measurement system on the market and the revolutionary high speed FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D for detailed 3D modeling and image documentation.

TCT Live is an essential event for all involved in the concept, design, specification and manufacturing process , and offers a great opportunity to learn all about the latest and greatest in Additive Manufacturing, 3D Printing and other cutting edge product development software and technology.

Date: 30th September – 2nd October 2014
Stand: B24
Location: NEC Birmingham

Come along to see FARO’s brand new Laser Line Probe HD, and many more exciting products!
Visit the official exhibition website or email uk@faroeurope.com for more information.

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Sep
11
2014

Complimentary FARO ScanArm Webinar

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Want to see the latest and greatest scanning technology for the automotive sector? Then register today for the free webinar and see how the advanced FARO Edge ScanArm HD enables fast and efficient non-contact measurements of complex parts.

The FARO ScanArm is the perfect solution for inspection, point cloud-to-CAD comparison, rapid prototyping, reverse engineering and 3D modelling, and no matter what your specific requirement is, we provide the best solution for a wide range of applications across all industries.

Date: 24th September 2014 at 2pm GMT +1 (London – Dublin)

Interested? Click here to register your attendance!

Sep
04
2014

Meet the All-New FARO Edge ScanArm HD!  

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With the power of the new high-definition Laser Line Probe HD 3D scanner and the flexibility of the FARO Edge measuring arm, the FARO Edge ScanArm HD really is the world’s most affordable, high performance contact & non-contact portable measurement system on the market.

The brand new Edge ScanArm HD offers rapid point cloud collection with extreme resolution and high accuracy – all in a compact and easy-to-use system.

The new features of the Edge ScanArm HD allow users to seamlessly scan across diverse surface materials regardless of factors such as contrast, reflectivity or part complexity and without any special coatings or target placement.

In addition, scanning time is reduced and coverage is increased due to the fast frame rate and the extra wide scan stripe . Intricate components can now be captured in fine detail as a result of the 2,000 actual points per scanline and the new blue laser featuring noise reduction technology. In addition, users can dramatically reduce required training time with the new crosshair feature and existing LED Rangefinder functionality, which provides real-time scanning feedback.

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The Edge ScanArm HD will be available for live product demonstrations at the TCT Show, Birmingham (Stand B24, Hall 3A) - from 30th September to 2nd October 2014 !

More information at:
http://www.faro.com/products/metrology/faro-scanarm/overview

 

 

Jan
11
2014

FARO ‘casts’ a spell on Hadleigh quality

FARO ‘casts’ a spell on Hadleigh qualitySince 45 years, Hadleigh Castings has established a reputation as one of the UK’s leading aluminium foundries. The company’s extensive range of aluminium casting technologies and services includes CAD CAM, Pattern Making, Boxless Sand Moulding, Precision Sand Casting, Gravity Die-Casting CNC Machining, Final Finishing and Product Assembly.

Robin Mills, Hadleigh Castings Business Standards Manager explained. “Having looked at several alternative systems that could further improve our quality function and help to increase the flow of our inspection work, we decided to purchase an Edge ScanArm system. Compared to the other available systems, the ScanArm proved to be the ideal tool for product development, inspection and quality control functions.

“Adopting non-contact measurement techniques has considerably speeded-up our 1st article measuring process and significantly reduced our new products’ time to market. An example of the considerable time advantages that we have gained through the use of our FARO ScanArm is the regular detailed inspection that we undertake on a very complex casting. Previously, the painstaking, very precise inspection routine took us over 30 hours to complete. Now, with the use of our FARO Edge ScanArm, we are able to accomplish the complex task with improved levels of accuracy in less than 4 hours” pointed out the Hadleigh Castings Business Standards Manager.

The speed of operation of our new FARO ScanArm has enabled us to significantly speed-up our inspection processes“Given our ever shorter project lead-times, the ScanArm will be utilised to fast track, confirmation of the dimensional alignment of new or modified sample parts against the customer supplied 3D models. Also, as Faro’s software uses graduated colour graphics to indicate the tolerance condition of components’ features, in addition to tabulated reports, we are now also able to supply customised reports containing detailed graphical information ” emphasized Robin Mills.

Robin Mills concludes. “In addition to improving our accuracy capability, the speed of operation of our new FARO ScanArm has enabled us to significantly speed-up our inspection processes. The man hours saved by the use of the FARO Edge ScanArm will ensure that our return on investment time will be even faster than first estimated.”

Read about the ScanArm applications for foundry

About Hadleigh Castings
Hadleigh Castings was founded in 1968 to provide a full aluminium casting and manufacturing service.

Over the years continued investment in technology and training has created a modern, high quality production facility capable of producing precision sand casting and gravity die casting to very close tolerances.

As a leading sand and die foundry we are Professionals in producing quality castings of exacting standards. and consistently produce quality aluminium products for major manufacturers, especially in the UK and European markets, and also for other regions in the world.



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