The next generation of automated probes offer advanced in-process inspection for integration and infrastructure at minimal costs.
The FARO Factory Array Imager is a scanner with extremely high accuracy for contactless measurements which, with its blue-light technology measurement, within seconds computes several million 3D coordinates on component surfaces – regardless of colour, texture, reflectance or ambient light.
Structured light and stereo recordings open up new possibilities in 3D measurement & inspection and reverse engineering. The new optical 3D measurement system by FARO, the FARO Factory Array Imager, combines the two processes and complements them with high-performance 3D processing.
The combination of flexibility, portability, speed and accuracy makes the compact and light FARO Factory Array Imager an ideal but cost-effective solution for 3D data capture or reverse engineering of components or modules in many different industries, such as automotive, aviation and space flight, and mechanical and plant engineering.
Panasonic operates an advanced testing facility that performs precise emission measurement tests across a range of products including TV, IT, video, microwave and medical products. To establish self-regulated quality assurance processes in each group company, Panasonic published Quality Management System Development Guidelines in 2004. Each group company then implemented the Panasonic Quality Management System (P-QMS). P-QMS complement the requirements of the ISO9001 standard with Panasonic’s own quality assurance methods and experience to create a quality management system that aims to deliver the level of quality that the company demands. Panasonic Manufacturing UK’s stringent quality standards, diverse nature and size of the products that are both developed and produced on site, requires the use of a wide range of relatively dedicated measuring instruments……
The FARO Factory Array 3D Imager is a metrology-grade, non-contact scanner, which utilizes blue light technology to capture millions of high-resolution 3D coordinate measurements in seconds.
Ideal for the production environment and easily deployed within manual or automated manufacturing workflows, Array Imager delivers fast and consistent measurements, independent of the operator, for quality inspection and reverse engineering applications on parts, assemblies, and tools.
Cobalt’s versatility supports a variety of deployment options including rotary stage, industrial robot inspection cells and multiple imager arrays.
Technical key features that support challenging applications include, among other, the following:
> Multiple Imager Arrays: Expand field of view with flexible configurations of multiple Array units operating simultaneously
> On-Board Processing: Delivers fast, reliable performance and ease of integration
> Stereo Cameras: Enable high accuracy, stability and self-monitoring
> Enhanced Stereo Mode: Maximizes coverage area in each scan and shortens inspection time
> Interchangeable Lenses: Provide flexibility for multiple fields of view
The most significant benefits of the new FARO Factory Array 3D Imager:
> Increase productivity by automating measurement workflows
> Multiply productivity with multiple imager arrays
> Real-time 3D data for statistical process control (SPC)
> Measurement accuracy ensured by self-monitoring
> Easy to configure and integrate
> Easy set-up and transport
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During the next few weeks, we will post more details about the key features of the new FARO Factory Array 3D Imager!
The FARO Edge ScanArm HD can now add medical casts to the list of areas it can be applied to!
When Doc Mike North broke his leg, this affected his social and professional life as an active person. In particular, with a normal cast, it is not possible to fly – and he flies a lot! Indeed, if you want to fly, doctors normally have to cut the cast in half, put it on your leg, wrap it with a bandage, so that you can loosen it on the plane and your leg can expand with the pressure. The problem is that you cannot walk on that!
Doc North contacted FATHOM (www.studiofathom.com) to create together a better solution. They had the idea for a more aesthetically pleasing and technological cast and have been able to turn the breaking of a leg into a positive experience! The FARO Edge ScanArm HD played an important role in reaching this result.
At FATHOM, they took a scan of Doc North’s leg and got an STL mesh. NURBS curves became the solid model of Mike’s leg. That model was used to build the cast, which is basically an offset of that solid model. They brought it into SolidWorks where they added the split line that separates the two bodies of the cast… This would help alleviate pressure on his legs when travelling on planes.
In the sole, they added additional components, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a force sensitive resistor and other technological features that allow you to sense what the human is doing.
All things that can also be exploited by Mike’s doctor, who can e.g. track the pressure put on the cast and track the movements.
They called this first prototype the “BoomCast”, because it also has a sound system!
But the development process continues and the project is now an open source.
In the world of wind turbines, size and shape matters. The quicker its turbine rotates, 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 Vestas generates the Power of Precision with FARO 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 the 6th-7th 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.”
We have already provided you with some details concerning 3 of the 4 key factors that work in harmony to optimize the performance of the FARO Laser Line Probe HD: the Blue Laser Technology, its large-diameter custom optics and the frame rate.
Today we conclude this short series of posts, with some specific information on the fourth key factor, namely the laser line width (also called beam width or stripe width):
The laser line width is the end-to-end distance of the laser line produced by the scanner’s laser. The FARO Laser Line Probe HD features a laser line width of 150mm. The wider the laser line width, the wider the area that can be scanned in a single pass.
Additionally, the Laser Line Probe HD features a solid, blue laser beam. This is a big benefit compared to other technologies as for example “flying dot” arrangement, whereby the laser oscillates via moving mirrors, potentially causing errors and impacting productivity by forcing the user to repeat scans over the same areas.
For the user the benefits are immediately evident:
• A wider beam, coupled with larger optics means that more data can be gathered in each scan frame.
• The Laser Line Probe HD’s industry-best frame rate and the laser line width can be multiplied by one another to obtain a number that can be used to compare scanning productivity.
For example, we know that the Laser Line Probe HD’s frame rate is 2.8 times higher than most competing products. If the Laser Line Probe HD’s beam width happens to be 1.7 times that of a competing product, the resulting scan speed differential is 2.8 X 1.76 = 4.8 times better than the competing product.
The Laser Line Probe HD would scan nearly five times the surface area versus a competing product in the same time.
• In addition, the solid stripe results in a more even distribution of the data point samples scanned, and therefore, greater resolution and quality.
Do you want to learn more about the FARO Edge ScanArm HD and its Laser Line Probe HD
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The company from Lübeck has provided a highly competent all-round service for the die casting industry and mechanical engineering for over 25 years. With the slogan “everything under one roof”, the globally oriented company offers the latest technology and comprehensive services. From the manufacturing of large components, to the repair, modification and modernisation of die casting machinery, right through to analytical measurement and variance analysis at the customer’s premises.
Druckguss Service GmbH relies on the FARO measuring system for the quality assurance of its products and services. With the FaroArm and Maximum accuracy for large dimensions Optimum measuring results thanks to the FARO Laser Tracker the FARO Laser Tracker Vantage, the company is
equipped to meet all the requirements of its customers. “As our company specialises in large, heavy components, large measuring volumes are important to us,” explains André Dylong, Business Development Manager at DSD. For the SHW moving column milling machine UniForce 8, for example, a measuring system is needed which can also record the possible machining operations – after all, the working range of the machine is 12,000 mm in the x-axis and 6,500 mm in the y-axis, with a tolerance of up to 0.01 mm.
Also when it comes to manufacturing replacement parts or master patterns by means of reverse engineering too, the Lübeck company is a reliable partner for its customers. In order to ensure the quality satisfies high standards, DSD relies on the FARO measuring system. “If our customer wants to record the entire actual geometry of a large component or even a whole machine, we can now reliably do that,” says André Dylong. “We offer our measuring services in a wide variety of industries and often face a variety of different tasks and requirements. So we need flexible, accurate, easy-to-use measuring systems like the FARO Laser Tracker”.
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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.
Based in New Hudson, Michigan, Pratt & Miller is a world-class engineering company that takes automotive programs from concept to reality. They are a respected industry leader providing cutting-edge engineering and manufacturing solutions to their clients. Their total design team uses the most advanced research and development technologies available. Pratt & Miller performs first-article inspection for most parts; reverse engineers models, fabricated parts, and any purchase parts that lack accurate CAD; and verifies complicated bodywork, surface features, machine parts, and full interiors. Basically, they measure everything from small components to complete race cars.
Measuring with hand tools is time consuming and creates inaccuracies due to individual error. These tools also did not provide Pratt & Miller with the means to measure its more complicated parts and freeform surfaces without undesirable contact. This work had to be farmed out and they lost direct control of data.
FARO provided the accuracy Pratt & Miller was looking for at the speed they need. They have the utmost confidence in the results they getfrom FARO. Co-founder Gary Pratt says, “We use FARO to design, construct, and analyze ‘virtual’ components, CFD, systems, and complete cars – every facet of a project from initial conception to the finished product.”
The FARO ScanArm was selected for its portability, flexibility, accuracy, compact design, and reputation. Mike Kurylo, a design engineer at Pratt & Miller, says, “The quality of the FARO equipment, the ease of training, and the knowledge of their support are all first rate. Their customer service goes well above and beyond what one would expect from such a globally recognized technology firm. It feels like having your own pit crew!”
Gary Latham, a lead engineer at Pratt & Miller, says, “FARO is incredibly useful with our tight timeframes. About 30-40 percent of our parts are manufactured in the workshop and they need to be entered into CAD and now we can do that easily with faster data capture.” They also use the ScanArm in their Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to fill in any missing pieces of the puzzle. FARO returns control of the data process to Pratt & Miller and eliminates the need to farm out projects.
In today’s ever increasingly competitive conditions, Pratt & Miller is always searching for every last bit of performance enhancement – be it in the form of speed, time, accuracy, or efficiency. FARO answers the call on each of these.
The most intelligent design solutions are centered on the integration of the best tools. Pratt & Miller engineers use the most up-to-date and powerful computer software and hardware in existence. The next logical step for them was a FARO solution.
“We’re constantly updating, expanding technology and FARO opened new parameters in manufacturing and engineering for us,” Gary Pratt says. “FARO has really opened our eyes and they’ve been fantastic for us. Once you get something like this, you can’t see how you did without it.”