When it comes to safety, care is the top priority. At Indi- Kar in Wilkau-Haßlau near Zwickau, safety is accurately and almost invisibly incorporated. Armoured steel is very easily concealed within the bodies of production cars and provides optimum protection inconspicuously but effectively. At IndiKar Individual Karosseriebau GmbH, a member of the WELP Group, the name says it all. The individual modification of car bodies is particularly in demand; special protection vehicles are just one aspect of this. Other important business areas include small batch production and prototypes, which are used at trade shows for example. When the company was founded in 2003, there were initially 20 members of staff; it now employs 156 people.
With the success and increasing number of employees, the car body manufacturers have also upgraded their technology. The requirements are becoming increasingly varied, and standards of precision and quality are increasing with experience. So for many years, as well as a double-stand measuring machine, a portable FARO coordinate measuring device and the software PolyWorks have been used to check whether everything fits together.
After initially using a FaroArm with a Laser Line Probe V3, a FARO Edge with Laser Line Probe HD (a 3D laser scanner attached to the FARO Edge ScanArm HD) has now been added to Indi- Kar’s portfolio of efficient FARO measuring systems. “When upgrading our measuring equipment, flexibility was key,” recalls Sascha Dorst, Head of Prototype Construction and Measuring Technology.
The daily challenges consist of ever changing measuring tasks on a wide repertoire of parts. A perfect habitat for a FARO Edge ScanArm HD, which enables both precise tactile and remote measurement in just one operation. In addition, the measuring probe for tactile measurement and the Laser Line Probe for remote scanning can be used alternately for digitisation, without needing to remove any other components.
FARO is pleased to announce that our new product the FARO Freestyle has been nominated for Hardware product of the year at the Construction Computing Awards 2015.
Voting is now underway with the winners announced on November 19th at the Hotel Russell, London. If you would like to vote, register on the website and go to the Hardware Product 2015 category.
Voting closes on the 6th November.
In December 1836, the London terminus of the world’s first passenger railway, the London & Greenwich Railway, opened. Almost 180 years later and known as London Bridge Station, the UK’s fourth busiest railway station still reflects some of its early 19th century origins, being an elevated structure built on brick arches, but the complex has since been expanded and reconfigured piecemeal many times.
In addition FARO Laser scanner Focus3D aids Costain in improving its capture and sharing of field data to being a terminus, the station now also caters for through services, including cross-London Thameslink connections, but by the early 2000s the station had become a bottleneck hampering rapid movement of both passengers – some 56 million use the station each year – and trains. To remove the bottleneck and to expand passenger capacity by 40 per cent, Network Rail set about transforming London Bridge station.
Six low-level platforms for terminating services were to be raised to the height of the platforms of through services; the total of through platforms would be increased from six to nine; and a new single concourse at the foot of London’s iconic Shard was to be constructed – and all while continuing to operate passenger rail services through the station and allowing interchange with London Underground, local bus and taxi services, and onward journeys on foot or by bicycle.
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FARO UK will be exhibiting the company’s range of innovative products at the Advanced Engineering Show, to be held at the NEC, Birmingham, on 4th and 5th November, 2015.
The annual Advanced Engineering Show is the UK’s is the must-attend event where the supply chain meet with visiting engineering & procurement decision makers.
FARO UK staff we will proving how quality improvements and time savings can be achieved by the use of FARO portable 3D measurement equipment.
FARO will be presenting a wide range of cutting-edge metrology products such as the FARO Edge with touchscreen computer for basic measurements and the FARO Laser ScanArm HD LLP featuring the lightest laser line probe for non-contact measurements. Also being demonstrated will be the FARO Gage with barcode scanner, as well as the FARO Laser Tracker Vantage for large volume measurements.
Date: 4 – 5th November 2015
Location: NEC, Birmingham
We invite you to join us on a FARO Event, supported by the BAM construction and hosted by Bespoke careers.This is also in association with Digital Construction Week.
This will take place on the 19th of October at the Bespoke London office in St Johns Square.
Visitors will be able to hear from our two speakers Mark Taylor from BAM and Chris Palmer fom FARO. Mark is responsible for implementation of Information Management processes and digital construction tools nationally for BAM Construct UK. Chris Palmer is a RICS Chartered Building Surveyor who specialises in 3D Data capture and BIM. Over the last 10 years, Chris has worked within the construction industry as a surveyor, architectural designer and project manager, working as a lead consultant on a diverse range of project types and values
Location: 58 St Johns Square
Time: 18:30 – 20:30
On the agenda for the speakers include;
Integrating Digital Technologies into Construction Workflows – An overview of how BAM Construction integrate digital information and technologies into traditional design and construction workflows
Laser Scanning for Construction Verification- A look at projects involving the FARO Laser Scanner and how throughout the construction process it could improve the reliability and accuracy of measurements
Automated Modelling and Feature Extraction from Point Clouds – Also a topic of conversation is a live deomonstration of the FARO 3D Software tools and how it could automatically generate 3D geometry from laser scan data.
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In two previous posts, we have highlighted four key factors that work in harmony to optimize the performance of the Laser Line Probe HD, namely the attached 3D laser scanner of the FARO Edge ScanArm HD: the laser type, the optics, the frame rate and the laser line width.
Considering that the speed at which a camera of a Laser Line Probe captures a scanned area is measured in frames per second, we would like to emphasize that the Laser Line Probe HD’s camera uses the most advanced chipset available to deliver the fastest possible frame rate of 280 frames per second (fps). Frame rate refers to the number of times per second that the camera gathers new data on the part being scanned.
For the user the benefits are immediately evident: Higher frame rate produces faster scanning with superior resolution, delivering greater productivity. A frame rate of 280 fps delivers 2.8 times the scanning speed of a frame rate set at 100 fps. A higher frame rate also delivers superior scan resolution, because sampling a part with more points provides better reconstruction of the original part from the scanned image. Scanners with low (100 fps) frame rates are prone to producing gaps or blurs in measurement data if they were to move at the same travel speed as the Laser Line Probe HD across a part.
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. Combined with the fast frame rate, the Laser Line Probe HD provides 560.000 points/second.
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 00800 3276 7253!
During the next weeks, we will post more details about the Key Design Parameters and Features that are seamlessly integrated in the FARO Laser Line Probe HD to deliver simultaneous high-definition resolution and fast scanning!
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.
CAM2 Measure 10.5 leads the market with its capability to connect multiple 3D measurement devices, within the same coordinate system, and simultaneously scan into a single seat of software on one computer. This capability allows users to seamlessly scan large objects with higher speed and more precise accuracy in order to complete 3D scanning jobs faster.
“The new CAM2 Measure 10.5 provides significant advancements that support our customers’ needs to measure faster and more efficiently with improved ease-of-use,” stated Kathleen J. Hall, Senior Vice President and Managing Director – Americas.
Significant advancements to Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) functionality provide users with streamlined analysis and visual reporting. A part inspection can now be displayed just like a print to easily visualize and determine part quality. This enhanced functionality eliminates the need to look at each feature in sequence to make the same determination.
Workflow efficiencies are maximized with the ability to automate repeat inspections by programing data analysis to automatically occur after the measurements are taken. This new capability reduces required training time, significantly reduces the risk of operator error, and accelerates job completion times.
Additional enhancements include expanded point cloud capacity and the ability to easily scan trim edges. Users are now able to collect over 20 times more data than our previous versions while maintaining accelerated processing speed. New capabilities also allow trim edges on materials such as sheet metal to be easily scanned, essentially eliminating the need to collect hard-probed measurements on part edges.
“The capability to connect multiple devices for simultaneous 3D scanning, automating repeat inspections, and enhanced GD&T functionality represent major advancements in our metrology software. We are excited to launch this new release, and further enable our customers to use our world-class products to drive productivity gains,” Ms. Hall concluded.
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.”
We are proud to announce a triumph in the product design category of the prestigious Red Dot Award 2015. FARO impressed the 38 members of the jury with its handheld FARO Scanner Freestyle3D, yet another demonstration of its excellence in this, the most important product design competition.
Established 60 years ago, the Red Dot is a seal of high design quality across national and industry borders. The use of this famous seal is reserved for products that the international Red Dot jury confirms possess outstanding design that is head and shoulders above the rest. This year, 5,000 products from 56 different countries were submitted. The international jury was impressed with the innovative design of the FARO Scanner Freestyle3D and pronounced it a worthy winner of the sought-after Red Dot label. Its streamlined, three-armed shape was especially intriguing to the jury, supporting as it does the device’s range of functions and lending it an absolutely unmistakable appearance.
Usability and flexible applications were the focus when developing the FARO Freestyle3D. This is reflected in the design of this unique, industrial-grade handheld scanner. Thanks to its lightweight carbon fibre body, the scanner weighs less than a kilo and is therefore extremely portable and mobile. The application areas of the FARO Freestyle3D are diverse and range from construction to industrial production and forensics.
One key factor in its success was the scanner’s compact size, which allows it to be used in hard to reach areas, such as in industrial facilities. An intuitive plug and play system means that the Freestyle3D needs no warm-up and is quickly ready to use. Not only that, but the device also offers fast data entry, real-time visualisation and a high scan volume. This reduces the amount of time needed for scanning. The wide range of operating temperatures from 0-40°C makes scanning possible even in challenging environmental conditions. The 3D scan data can easily be imported into all commonly used CAD software solutions.
“When we developed the Freestyle3D we paid special attention to making sure that it was easy to use, so that even inexperienced 3D scanners can get to work immediately. Its unique design allows users to capture a high scan volume and create detailed documentation of a scene,” says Dr. Reinhard Becker, head of the product’s development at FARO.
FARO develops forward-looking solutions and sets benchmarks in product development and design. Back in 2012, the company received the prestigious Red Dot Award for its Laser Scanner Focus3D. Whilst the Focus3D enables scanning over vast distances, the Freestyle3D was developed to allow for very easy and intuitive capturing of details over shorter distances using a handheld device.
With the Freestyle3D, FARO is underlining its leading position in the market for portable 3D measurement technology, offering an innovative and user-friendly device to give new customer groups access to the world of 3D scanning.