Jul
25
2015

Muc-Off utilise FARO Edge ScanArm HD as they gear up for Tour de France

Please see this short feature produced by Muc-Off, to tell the story of how their Hydrodynamic Chain Lube was formulated, both as an answer to one of cycling’s unanswered questions and how a concept develops into a product.

Watch this video to “find out more” about its origins and the reason its existence is a necessity for one of the worlds most advanced cycling teams, Team Sky.

Bradley Wiggins and Carsten Jeppeson of Team Sky talk about the substantial gains and advantages to be made over their competitors following an advancement in technology in this area.

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We were able to assist Muc-Off and their drive for chain lubrication perfection, through the use of our very own FARO ScanArm HD which combines the flexibility and the functionalities of a FARO Edge measuring Arm with the high-definition Laser Line Probe HD creating a powerful contact/non-contact portable measurement system ideal for challenging application requirements.

The FARO ScanArm HD itself can be seen being used in the video at 2.15!

To find out more then visit our FARO Website or even check out or FARO GB Youtube Channel! and be sure to keep an eye out for the latest Muc-Off kit too. They’ve currently an insanely busy R&D program so please keep checking to see the exciting products they’re about to launch!

Jul
13
2015

FARO Laser Line Probe HD with optically-superior blue laser technology

FARO Edge ScanArm HD  combines all of the advantages of a hard probing system with the capabilities of the FARO Laser Line Probe HD to provide rapid point cloud collection with high-definition resolution and precise accuracy – all in a compact, easy-to-use, and fully-integrated system.

The FARO Edge ScanArm HD 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-form surfaces.

The FARO Laser Line Probe HD brings together the power of a blue laser, state-of-the art camera and optics to maximize:

  1. Scanning speed, delivering highest possible productivity
  2. Accuracy
  3. High-Definition resolution that captures clear, noise-free data with intricate details
  4. Scanning of challenging surfaces including dark and reflective materials

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In designing the Laser Line Probe HD, FARO’s engineers recognized and seamlessly integrated all the key factors that work in harmony to optimize performance.

For a laser line probe product, the key design parameters impacting performance are:

  1. Laser Type – typically blue laser or red laser
  2. Optics – The lenses used on the camera
  3. Frame Rate – the speed at which the camera can capture a scanned area, measured in points per second and driven by the chip set that the camera uses
  4. Laser Line Width – also called beam width or scan stripe width

Laser Type

Today’s scanners employ one of two laser types: blue laser or red laser. The Laser Line Probe HD leverages an optically-superior blue laser technology.

Blue lasers have a shorter wavelength, which delivers improved scanning results with higher resolution thanks to greater ability to discern smaller detail in an object.

Blue laser technology also provides a 50% reduction in speckle noise that is proportional to wavelength and degrades measurement accuracy.

For the user the benefits are immediately evident: the FARO Laser Line Probe HD’s blue laser offers 50% better optical resolution than a red laser scanner. This difference is most noticeable when scanning optically challenging objects with dark, shiny or reflective surfaces. With red laser technology, it is sometimes necessary to use a special spray on the scanned object to make the surface less reflective, or multiple target placements.

The blue laser’s higher resolution dramatically reduces the need to spray parts. This removes an unnecessary step from your measurement process and saves you valuable time and productivity.

Do you want to learn more about the FARO Edge ScanArm HD and its Laser Line Probe HD?

Please download our tech sheet or contact us by phone!

Stay tuned!

 In the next weeks we will post more details about the other Key Design Parameters and Features (Optics, Frame Rate and Laser Line Width) that are seamlessly integrated in the FARO Laser Line Probe HD to deliver simultaneous high-definition resolution and fast scanning!

Jun
22
2015

FARO Laser Tracker – Machine Tool Production & Tool Setup

The FARO Laser Tracker is particularly helpful for Machine Tool production and set up. It supports different types of control and measuring tasks. Companies can speed up and maximize the ROI with a single technology to be learned, extremely useful for a wide range of applications.

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The FARO Laser Tracker is an extremely accurate, portable coordinate measuring machine for precise quality and dimensional analysis of large components, machine calibration, alignment and assembly, reverse engineering and tool building.

With the FARO Laser Tracker you can produce more competitive products and machines whilst efficiently optimizing your production processes.

Want to learn more about the versatility of our FARO Laser Tracker, then click here!

Jun
01
2015

FARO® Edge ScanArm HD wins Innovation Trophy

This year, some 148 innovative products were in the running for the various trophies awarded by the organiser of the Industrie Lyon trade fair, the reference trade fair for all industry professionals. A panel of industrial and institutional experts and journalists from the specialised trade press reviewed the innovations submitted, and awarded the prize to the innovative FARO Edge ScanArm HD.

The Edge ScanArm HD is a compact and simple to use high performance contact/non-contact portable measurement system that combines the flexibility of the FARO Edge measuring arm with the power of the high definition FARO Laser Line Probe HD.

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The FARO Laser Line Probe HD has been developed with complex application needs of automotive, subcontracting and mechanical engineering companies in mind.  Intricate components can be captured in the finest level of detail as a result of the 2,000 actual points per scan line, while the 450 nm Blue Laser improves the detection of the line by the camera. The extra wide scan stripe and fast frame rate (280 frames/second) boosts productivity by increasing coverage and reducing scanning time. Furthermore the improved HDR (High Dynamic Range) Mode and advanced software algorithms allows seamless scanning across diverse surface materials regardless of contrast, reflectivity or part complexity, without any special coatings.

May
27
2015

FARO @ THE ADVANCED MANUFACTURING SHOW / SUBCON

The Advanced Manufacturing Show, brought to you by MWP, provides a platform for board-level decision makers, production and quality engineers to interact with the latest technology and gain a competitive edge by applying high-productivity solutions to enhance manufacturing performance, efficiency and quality.

Showcasing world class advanced manufacturing technologies, visitors will be able to review, plan and make their investment decisions for machine tools & accessories, laser, cutting tools and manufacturing software.

AM & Subcon Event

Co-located with the Subcon ShowThe Engineer Design & Innovation Show and a world-class technology and innovation Conference led by The Engineer, this is an invaluable opportunity to gain insight from leading experts on current industry challenges and stay up-to-date on the latest manufacturing developments, best practice and new trends at one venue over three days.

Thus providing us with the perfect platform to showcase our innovative product range, including our FARO EDGE ScanArm HD, FARO Gage and FARO Laser Tracker Vantage!

Dates: 02nd – 04th Jun, 2015

Address: Hall 4, NEC, Birmingham

Stand No: A37

We are looking forward welcoming you!

May
25
2015

Customised Carbon Production at Capristo

Check out the video below which takes a close look over the shoulders of the experts at Capristo and follow an engine bay hood for the Ferrari 458 Spider throughout the whole manufacturing process, all of which is carried out at their plant in Sundern, Germany.

On hand to help is one of our own the FARO Edge ScanArm HD, used to scan the engine bay thus providing a 3D model for use during  the design process by providing an accurate model to indicate available space as well as helping create a 3D model of the prototype.

The FARO Edge ScanArm HD combines the flexibility and the functionalities of a FARO Edge measuring Arm with the high-definition Laser Line Probe HD creating a powerful contact/non-contact portable measurement system ideal for challenging application requirements.

The 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.

Want to find out more? Then check out our FARO UK Website or even our FARO UK YouTube Channel

May
20
2015

Next Generation 3D Laser Scanning

How Blue Lasers, Rapid Capture Rates, and Advanced Optical Performance is Revolutionising 3D Measurement

The easiest, fastest, and most affordable way to measure parts and products is with a lightweight Portable Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) that offers both contact and non-contact measurement.

The challenge is – everyone is seeking to reduce required inspection times, scan materials with challenging contrast, reflectivity, and part complexity, and produce high-definition data that is reliable, repeatable, and highly accurate.

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The ideal system is the newly released FARO Edge ScanArm HD.  The new system is a breakthrough in 3D laser scanning technology, providing:

  • Rapid scanning speed with a capture rate of up to 560,000 points/second, a fast frame rate, and extra wide scan stripe.
  • Innovative blue laser with noise-reduction technology for high-definition data quality
  • The ability to seamlessly scan across diverse surface materials regardless of contrast, reflectivity or part complexity without any special coating or target placements.
  • Reliable, repeatable and highly accurate measurement data as a result of advanced optical performance

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

When combined with the FaroArm, in a system known as the FARO Edge ScanArm HD, it provides all of the advantages of a FaroArm with a groundbreaking hand-held laser scanner and creates the most affordable contact/non-contact measurement system on the market.

It 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-form surfaces.

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May
01
2015

FARO Laser Line Probe HD – Rim Inspection Video

Introducting our high definition FARO Laser Line Probe HD (LLP) for complex surfaces scanning.

Ideal for composites, plastics, mould making, automotive, aerospace and mechanical enginerring companies.

High definition data

2,00 actual points per scanline to capture intricate components in fine detail.

Rapid Scanning speed

Extra wide scan stripe and fast frame boost productivity.

Scan challenging materials

Regardless of contrast, reflectivity or part complexity.

 

Want to check out some of our other videos? Then head on over to our FARO YouTube page!

Apr
09
2015

Unsurpassable measurements at Dallara

In 1972, following a distinguished career in the automotive industry, Gian Paolo Dallara founded Dallara Automobili in Varano de’ Melegari, near Parma, Italy. Since then, the company has expanded, designing and building cars for almost all of the racing competitions and winning races worldwide.

This is a success story, the result of a passion for mechanics, involving the company‘s 180 employees (including 60 engineers) on a daily basis: men and women who work 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 necessary that each stage of production and assembly carried out in the factory at Varano de’ Melegari is tested and validated using adequate measurement and control procedures. Paola Carlorosi Quality Assurance & Quality Control Manager at Dallara Automobili, explains: “Our cars are a concentration of high technology and innovation. Quality control is of paramount importance as it must ensure that Dallara cars are produced according to expected standards, providing exceptional performance and reliability.”

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FARO‘s sophisticated portable measurement equipment fully satisfies the technological requirements of Dallara Automobili and FARO has been the automotive company’s chosen partner for a number of years. Carlorosi: “Our collaboration has been ongoing since 2007, demonstrating the strength of our partnership. Our latest investment dates back to 2012 when we decided to buy a 2.7m measuring arm, the FARO Edge ScanArm, which we mainly use for non-contact quality control and reverse engineering.” The FARO Edge ScanArm – which combines the FARO Edge portable measurement arm with a laser scanning probe (FARO Laser Line Probe) – is a portable 7-axis coordinate measuring machine (CMM), which allows the user to easily check product quality through 3D inspections, comparisons with the CAD design, dimensional analysis and reverse engineering. The integrated Laser Line Probe for laser scanning ensures a perfect 3D measurement without touching the surface of the product. At Dallara, the FARO Edge ScanArm is mainly used to check the airfoils and the most important structural components made of carbon fibre. “With this new measuring device,” continues Paola Carlorosi, “the speed of data acquisition has increased enormously. Considering that the device operator completed the training course and was operational after just three days, we can only be satisfied.”

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And that’s not all: “The data analysis phase has become easier as the CAM2 Measure 10 measurement software develops really clear, easy-to-navigate reports. Today, reporting is much more comprehensive and informative than ever before and, once the point cloud has been obtained, every detail can be analysed section by section – especially the airfoils – by comparing the theoretical project data with the actual measurements. We also execute processes and controls for external customers who are very pleased to receive reports that are easy to read, clear and transparent, even for non-experts. It is an advantage for our business.” Another important benefit is that it is no longer necessary to treat components with opacifiers, which was necessary in the past for the non-contact measurement of black and glossy carbon surfaces. Paola Carlorosi: “The FARO laser probe technology allows polished carbon surfaces to be scanned without having to apply opacifiers, which also required processing to remove the product afterwards. The whole operation has therefore become much faster: we save 30 minutes on average for each square metre to be checked.”

Dallara is currently using the FARO Edge ScanArm in the development and construction of the chassis for the new 2014 Japanese Championship Super Formula. It has been used right from the prototype phase. Paola Carlorosi: “Even in this situation, we have been able to perform quality controls more precisely, saving on average 50% of the time spent on the same activities in the past. It’s an amazing achievement.” And she concludes: “In general, the checks performed during the production and testing phases allow us to reduce errors, improve our core manufacturing processes and, in conclusion, achieve a higher quality level. If these checks are carried out using high-performance equipment that increases quality and reduces workload, then the benefits are definitely worthy of a Grand Prix!”

Mar
25
2015

Goldens’ Foundry reduces inspection times by over 90% using a FARO Edge ScanArm

In addition to large and small casting capabilities, Goldens’ also utilizes a centrifugal casting that is unique in the foundry industry. The process requires a special mix of knowledge, practices, and skills that differ greatly from other types of foundry operations. In Goldens’ centrifugal casting process, molten iron is poured into a hollow cylindrical mold spinning on a horizontal or vertical axis at speeds generating 40 to 70 Gs of centrifugal force. This force distributes the molten metal, promotes directional solidification, and improves casting integrity by forcing impurities to the inside surface. When the casting has cooled, it is removed from the mold. Castings may be machined in follow-up with excellent properties.

Challenge
To ensure these properties, each casting must be inspected. This can present a real problem. The size of a cast can be 40 x 30 x 30 inches and weigh 250 pounds. The bores, bolt holes, threaded holes, milled surfaces, and casted features all need to be measured and verified. This work was previously done using a traditional fixed CMM and hand tools. These methods proved inefficient as the CMM required complicated and even cumbersome set ups. The measurement range of the fixed CMM was not large enough and that created the need for the hand tools. To work around this, parts had to be arranged in multiple setups, often requiring a hoist in order to check the entire part.

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Solution
“Obviously, this was not a perfect solution with respect to our practice of productivity, efficiency, and eliminating waste,” said Jason Gallahair, an engineer at Goldens’. “To correct, or improve, this process we looked for a more user-friendly and portable system that was scalable to our application while still adhering to our principles of value.”
The complete solution they were looking for was found in the revolutionary FARO Edge ScanArm perfect for Inspection and Reverse Engineering. The Edge is a portable CMM, a measurement arm, with an easily interchangeable contact and non-contact measurement capability. The system allows Goldens’ to check an entire part, on all sides, in one set location. The system reduced the setup time for large, multi-sided parts. The maneuverability of the Edge allows a user to reach all of the needed part features. This kind of flexibility is just not possible with a fixed CMM where you are often met with situations where if you can’t reach a feature, you are required to move the part, re-fixture it, and then measure again.

Return on Investment
“Though there was some scepticism and misunderstanding, at first, in how the FARO Edge was going to be used, now it’s one of the busiest pieces of equipment on our shop floor,” said Josh Shorey, a quality control tech at Goldens’. “After a three-day training class, our users were fully proficient in programming and checking parts with the Edge.” The fast, and easy, setups with the Edge have greatly impacted the overall efficiency of the floor. Total check time for parts that once took 45 minutes and three position changes on a traditional CMM, are now done in only 2 and half minutes using the FARO Edge – a reduction of over 90%. “Goldens’ even gained recognition from an important customer by scoring a perfect 100-percent on their metrology capabilities after purchasing their FaroArm,” added Mr. Gallahair. “This customer is a FARO user too.”
The company saved 85 man hours on just one part number in the first six months after implementing FARO into their processes. Goldens’ have seen a reduction in time, an improvement in their processes, and a savings in money – all key components to their overall dedication to continuous improvement.



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