Aug
11
2014

Laser Trackers: Precision from the Start

Bischoff + Scheck, a well-known name in motor sport, specialises in building special-purpose vehicles.
Founded in 1997, Bischoff + Scheck is now the biggest name in tailormade transporters for racing teams, mobile medical labs, and off-road vehicles for exhibitions.

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In 2007, when given the opportunity to work with Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, Bischoff + Scheck jumped at the chance…and who wouldn’t? With Vodafone McLaren Mercedes individual needs in mind, Bischoff + Scheck designed and built a 3-storey building which could be fully dismantled for transportation and re-assembled in 2 days, making it ideal for being set up by the racetrack.

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Jul
21
2014

Audi: Driven for Success

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.

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Jul
17
2014

FARO COSMOS: The Schwarz Group

The Schwarz Group has a long tradition as a medium-sized trade business. Founded in 1921, it is now a internationally-renowned manufacturer of containers, equipment and apparatus.

Peter Ammer is responsible for product quality at The Schwarz Group and no part leaves the company’s
grounds without his seal of approval.

Peter’s mission for the highest quality possible for The Schwarz Group’s products naturally led him to needing a reliable measuring device with both accuracy and range. He opted for the FARO Laser Tracker and Ammer swears by this portable all-in-one coordinate measuring device as it lets him easily measure components anywhere in production, such as directly in the milling machine.


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Jul
14
2014

Augmented Reality: User Interface of the Future

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What is augmented reality? And why is it such an interesting area for the manufacturing industry?

AR is quite literally enhanced reality, where personal perception of reality is overlaid onto a computer generated virtual reality. It supplements a user’s perception by offering digital information that directly relates to their real perception and allows real-time interaction.

Currently Bertrandt have fully implemented the FaroArm with Metalo Engineer software in order to maximize quality assurance, allowing for real-time interaction with products. Using the FaroArm for augmented reality is merely one example of how flexible the FaroArm is, making it the ideal solution for all your inspection requirements.

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Jul
03
2014

Reverse Engineering, It’s Music To Our Ears!

A recent project has attempted to find out why twenty violins from 1730 sound better than others. But why? Well…with the way in which many violins are constructed being the same, it is a puzzle for many manufacturers as to why some of these instruments produce a higher quality sound to their counterparts.

Many factors play a part; most obvious being the shape of the violin. Other issues feature such as the humidity during the assembly, the wood used to manufacture the violin and the actual wood density etc. [Read more ...]

Jul
03
2014

Are Portable CMMs Making GO-NO Gauges a No-Go?

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.

Traditional CMMs.

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.

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Jun
30
2014

CAM2 Measure 10: A New Dimension in Point Cloud

CAM2 Measure 10.3 is the all-in-one measurement software that provides an intuitive solution for tactile and non-tactile measurement, with no additional software required.

Ideal for both CAD based and non-CAD based measuring. With its extensive range of modern features, CAM2 Measure 10.3 is perfect for using in conjunction with non-contact measurement systems such as the FARO ScanArm or the FARO Laser Tracker.

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May
06
2014

All in one probing and scanning metrology software: FARO CAM2 Measure 10.3

FARO CAM2 Measure 10.3: new all in one probing and scanning metrology software
CAM2 Measure 10.3 offers a complete contact and non-contact metrology solution. Its new capabilities can be used with FARO’s scanning devices such as the FARO ScanArm for CAD-to-part analysis.

The software is primarily developed for tasks such as the inspection of free and complex forms and soft or flexible materials that are difficult to inspect with a tactile system.

New features such as Cross Section Analysis, Point Cloud Registration, Deviation Markers and the enhanced Live Colour Scan, support data collection and point cloud analysis. [Read more ...]

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.

Nov
14
2013

Laser trackers shrink aircraft-sized manufacturing problems

Laser trackers shrink aircraft-sized manufacturing problemsBuilding aircraft has always been a struggle between the size of their components and the need to craft them carefully. More than any other device, airplanes epitomize the concept that ‘the devil is in the details’ because in small errors lies the potential for great mischief such as increased drag and decreased range.

In the past, large structures such as wings, fuselages, or vertical stabilizers were difficult to make alike because there was no good way to measure them. The traditional measuring standard for objects over 20 feet was the theodolite.Although theodolite measurements can be fairly precise, they are subject to interpretation and as such are not always reproducible.With the advent of the laser tracker, precise, rapid, reproducible measuring over great distances finally became a reality.

Although laser trackers are used to align large industrial equipment such as metal rolling mills, printing presses, and power generation equipment, one can imagine that they were created expressly for the aerospace industry. A laser tracker can be set up anywhere, in a design studio or factory, and its vast operating range is large enough to capture the wing of the biggest planes ever conceived.

For the aviation industry a laser tracker provides the greatest benefits to mechanical engineering; calibrating machine tools and process monitoring. How this is done you can read in this white paper about mechanical engineering in the aerospace industry.

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