May
23
2016

FARO delivers flexible measurement to Panasonic – Precisely

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……

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Dec
09
2015

FARO ‘state-of-the-art’ Scanning

FARO is a renowned supplier of high-quality portable coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) and 3D imaging devices, FARO technology is used throughout the world for high-precision 3D measurement and scanning. Due to it’s ease of use, accuracy and reliability it has become the measurement of choice across a diverse range of sectors including the Architecture, Construction and Crime scene analysis.

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FARO has now extended application of products to new areas. Tracy Hill who worked at the University of Central Lancashire was able to manipulate the FARO Focus 3D x 130 and the FARO Software from here colleagues to allow the creation of a major installation – Sensorium. Given the fact she has never used it before, the ease of use meant that she could experiment and create the effects of visualisation that she was looking for.

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Nov
23
2015

Medical Cast Re-Invented with the Support of the FARO Edge ScanArm HD

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.

Nov
18
2015

Vestas generates the Power of Precision with FARO

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.

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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.”

Nov
04
2015

FARO Laser Line Probe HD: faster and more productive scanning thanks to a wider laser line width

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.

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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

Visit our website or contact us by phone 00800-3276-7253!

Oct
22
2015

Maximum accuracy for large dimensions Optimum measuring results thanks to the FARO Laser Tracker

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.

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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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Jan
05
2015

Automatic Press in the Automotive Sector

 

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Pressing Matters

Regardless of what the logo says and in no matter which country an automobile was assembled, the result is produced by multi-tonne presses marked with a single name: Schuler.

Schuler’s origins stretch back 175 years and with revenue exceeding one billion, Schuler is a global giant among press manufacturers.

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The FaroArm Platinum and FARO Vantage Laser Tracker both offer Schuler mobility for measuring as you can set them up quickly and easily, and also portability as they can be brought to the site where your equipment is assembled with minimal effort. For this reason Schuler values these systems highly, and sees great potential for the TrackArm in the future.

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Dec
04
2014

Featured White Paper: Reverse Engineering with 3D Measurement

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Okay, so the question is: what exactly is reverse engineering?

Reverse Engineering is the process of duplicating an existing product without the aid of drawings, documentation, or computer models.

Normally the product designer creates a drawing showing how an object is to be built and then the object is manufactured by following the design drawing.

However, with reverse engineering the steps are inverted and the object is ‘reverse engineered’ to discover its structure, function and operation. Therefore, duplication of the part is enabled by capturing physical dimensions, features and material properties.

The FARO ScanArm is a portable CMM ideally suited for reverse engineering applications. One key advantage of using the ScanArm to inspect is that soft, deformable, and complex shapes can be easily inspected without coming into contact with the part, greatly reducing the risk of damaging the item.

Interested in reading more about reverse engineering and success stories with its use? Download the full white paper here!

Nov
07
2014

World’s Largest Celtic Coin Discovery

Work has begun at the Jersey Museum in St Helier, Jersey to separate 70,000 Celtic coins which were discovered in 2012 by two metal detectorists Richard Miles and Reg Mead.

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Valued at between £7million and £14million, the hoard is the world’s largest Celtic coin discovery. Thought to have been buried by a tribe fleeing from Julius Caesar’s army around 50BC, the collection of coins is now being worked on in public view at the Jersey Museum. For the past two years the heritage team have been carefully documenting the coin hoard in preparation for seperating the coins bit-by-bit.

But where does FARO come in?

Archaeologists have been using a FARO Edge ScanArm to scan the coins, in order to create 3D imagery and identify patterns in the coins from thousands of years ago! This means that the surface of the coin collection can be scanned before and during work for documentation purposes.

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Due to the importance of this work, the Archaeologists at Jersey Museum must carefully pull the hoard apart one coin at a time. This makes the task extremely difficult and the FARO ScanArm will prove essential in aiding Jersey Heritage in the documentation of the 2,000 or so year old find.

For the full BBC article click here!

Nov
03
2014

Featured White Paper: Laser Trackers Shrink Aircraft-Sized Manufacturing Problems

Due to the sheer size of aircraft and their need for careful, aircraft manufacturing has always been difficult.

In the past, large structures such as wings or fuselages were difficult to make alike because there was no good way to measure them. With the advent of the laser tracker, precise, rapid, reproducible measuring over long distances finally became a reality.

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! Operation of the laser tracker is also simple, making it the perfect tool for tackling the ‘aircraft-sized problems’ of the aerospace industry.

Click here to download the full white paper and more!

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