In the world of wind turbines, size and shape matters. The longer its turbine blades, the more energy a turbine can capture from the wind and the greater its electricity generating capacity. In addition to size, the efficiency of a wind turbine blade is determined by the precision of its airfoil profile, a shape similar to that of an aeroplane wing.
Given the potential difficulties related to the critical measurement of the world’s largest blades, used on the record breaking V164-8.0 MW turbines, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind selected FARO laser trackers as its preferred large-volume, high-precision measuring technology.
Despite the impressive scale (80m – almost as long as a football field) of the V164-8.0 MW turbines blades, the advanced FARO instruments are able to quickly and accurately measure aerodynamic profiles and a wide range of other critical blade features.
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind is a joint venture between Vestas Wind Systems A/S and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI). The company’s sole focus is to design, manufacture, install and service wind turbines for the offshore wind industry. The company aims to drive down the cost of energy from offshore wind parks through reducing the costs and increasing efficiency.
MHI Vestas’ V164-8.0 MW prototype turbine broke the record for power production by a wind turbine in a 24 hour period from 6-7 October 2014. The turbine produced 192,000 kW/h during steady wind conditions. The power produced by the turbine in one day was enough to supply the energy needs of approximately 13,500 households.
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind’s CEO Jens Tommerup said the record demonstrates the full capacity of the V164-8.0 MW. “This power production record further underlines both the quality of the technology as well as the skills of the team involved who have been working hard to ensure the turbine is performing according to our testing schedule.”
Encouraged by the outstanding efficiency of the world’s most powerful wind turbines, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has invested in upgrading the production hall at the Vestas Blades Technology Centre, to enable serial production of the V164-8.0 MW. The impressive Isle of Wight, UK facility was specifically designed to develop large blades for the latest wind turbines. The site has two halls, each 170m long and 50m wide, one for testing and verification, the other for blade production.
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.
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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 FARO Edge ScanArm HD delivers rapid point cloud collection with extreme resolution and high accuracy without any special coatings or target placement – all in a compact and easy-to-use system.
A short video showcasing the FARO ScanArm and it’s it’s ability to scan a vast spectrum of surfaces ranging from shiny carbon fibre to a mirror finished chrome part, as shown in the video below.
The extra wide scan stripe and fast frame rate boosts productivity by increasing coverage and reducing scanning time. Intricate components can 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. Users can dramatically reduce required training time with the new crosshair feature and existing LED Rangefinder functionality, which provides real-time scanning feedback.
Our 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.
Stampinox S.r.l., a leading company in the hot-forged special fasteners sector, is located in Merone, Italy, halfway between Como and Lecco. It manufactures fasteners with no dimension limits and with diameters as small as M6 (metric system) or ¼” (imperial system), in alloy and stainless steels, titanium, duplex, super duplex and special alloys and materials.
Highly qualified personnel carry out control activities using inspection and testing systems and up-to-date procedures. The use of control instruments capable of preventing the waste of materials and time is also fundamental. “In recent years,” Stefano Marelli explains, “many of our clients have started requesting fasteners with increasingly strict tolerances to be used on parts with shapes and dimensions that are very difficult to measure. With traditional measurement instruments, it was extremely laborious to check measurements and concentricity, planarity and linearity rations on elements that are so small and, at times, also difficult to reach. We also tried out other types of solutions, such as mechanical sensors and probes, but we were never completely satisfied”.
Stampinox therefore decided to acquire a more technologically advanced instrument, the FARO Edge portable coordinate measurement machine (CMM). Stefano Marelli explained: “We have found the FARO Edge to be the ideal instrument to meet our needs. It is capable of easily checking product quality using 3D inspections and measurements, dimensional analysis and CAD comparisons. It is also much more flexible than other 3D measurement devices: it can be used in the metrology room as well as on-machine right in the workshop. This last feature is particularly useful and convenient, since it enables us to speed up in-process as well as end-of-process controls. That saves us precious time.”
The FARO Edge measurement arm uses next-generation technology to guarantee top-of-the-line performance and reliability. Users will also find the device even simpler to use due to its integrated computer touchscreen. Stefano Marelli continued: “It was quite straightforward to begin using the measurement arm at our company. The FARO technicians who worked alongside us during the initial period of training and support helped us to appreciate how easy it is to use. It is no coincidence that the FARO Edge is used not only by measurement personnel, but also by other non-specialist staff.”
Today, about one year since it was purchased, the FARO Edge has become an indispensable tool in the Stampinox workshop. Stefano Marelli stated: “When it comes to verifying tolerances in particular, this instrument provides extremely high levels of repeatability and accuracy, fully in line with the objectives we had set for ourselves. However, it is especially the measurement acquisition speed that has left us absolutely satisfied: with the FARO device, the speed of control operations has increased considerably, typically by around 20-30%.” To sum up, as confirmed by Stefano Marelli, this device has turned out to be an important and crucial investment for Stampinox: “The FARO Edge has allowed us to take a significant step forward, as it enables us to sell complex products that we previously had the technical capability of manufacturing, but were not able to measure adequately.”
HZ FbZ Züttlingen, a manufacturer of pressing tools and plastic injection, was founded in 1968 as a separate specialist department of the long-established August Läpple AG in Heilbronn, Germany.
The highest level of precision is demanded in the manufacture of tools produced by Züttlingen. The molds are milled out of a metal block on huge milling machines and then finished to an accuracy of hundredths of a millimetre. The tools must ultimately be adequate for the extreme precision requirements of the automotive industry.
When it comes to quality assurance at the automotive supplier Mürdter, nothing is left to chance. Each product is checked with a FARO measuring arm in order to guarantee that only flawless components are distributed to their customers.
Mürdter specialise in metal and plastic processing and every day the development engineers at Mürdter ask themselves the same basic question: How can we make this component even lighter without sacrificing quality?
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
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.
FARO UK invites you to the Large Volume Metrology Conference & Exhibition (LVMC), the only European event solely dedicated to portable and large volume 3D measurement technology.
We will be presenting our cutting-edge metrology products: the FARO Edge ScanArm HD, with a built-in touchscreen computer and new Laser Line Probe HD; the FARO Gage with the barcode scanner, the revolutionary FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D, as well as our latest and most accurate FARO Laser Tracker Vantage for large volume measurements.
The LVMC offers you the unique opportunity to see presentations from industry experts, view the latest equipment from the world’s leading suppliers, network and share ideas, talk to suppliers and increase your awareness of the European and worldwide industries.
Date: 19th November – 20th November 2014.
Location: Mercure Manchester Piccadilly
Visit the official exhibition website to register your visit!
Take a look at the new FARO Edge ScanArm HD in action – the world’s most affordable, high performance contact & non-contact portable measurement system on the market!
For more information visit: http://www.faro.com/products/metrology/faro-scanarm/overview