Construction equipment manufacturer Perfect Incorporated has benefited tremendously from the ScanArm laser sensor’s versatility as a 3D measurement device, even when gauging the most complex of shapes. Contributed by Faro
One of the largest industries globally, the construction sector, provides employment to millions of people and continues to be a key driver for many world economies today. For India, the construction industry is one of the largest contributors to its economy. With the rapid infrastructure development projects commissioned by the Indian government, the construction equipment sector is expected to generate revenues of up to US$5 billion by 2020.
As a result, demand for construction equipment in India is expected to continue rising in the next few years. The importance of high-quality construction tooling and materials cannot be overlooked, as it helps avoid complications like the corrosion of embedded steel reinforcements and poor resistance to natural elements including fire, wind, and flood.
One manufacturer that truly stands by this belief is Perfect Incorporated With its strong focus on developing construction tooling that are of high quality and meets industry requirements, Amitoj Singh, head of marketing at Perfect Incorporated, commented, “The foundations of a building cannot be compromised and construction components provide critical support. Our manufactured components undergo rigorous testing and inspection to ensure that each tool is of the highest quality, before they are delivered to our customers.”
Manufacturing High-Quality Construction Equipment
Perfect Incorporated specialises in manufacturing welded articles through methods such as stamping, forging, machining, and tooling. Besides exporting its construction equipment to customers in Canada, Europe, Germany and the US, the manufacturer also supplies its components to multinational companies with subsidiaries in India. The manufacturer is also the parent company to Perfect Group and Perfect Forgings, and the three corporations are located in Ludhiana, India.
The company specialises in manufacturing high-quality construction equipment such as scaffolding, pillars, and structures. Since its establishment in 2005, the manufacturer has meticulously monitored its measurement, calibration, and inspection processes. Each construction component is carefully measured by employees before production and after final-inspection stages using vernier callipers, height gauges, and fixed coordinate measuring machines (CMMs).
In its production facility, the company manufactures equipment of varying sizes—small tools of 100 mm and larger pieces of up to 3 m—with a maximum weight of 15 kg. These tools are then combined to create different construction assemblies.
A decade since its inception, the team at Perfect Incorporated continues to rely heavily on hand tools for measurement. “Our employees are accustomed to using traditional tools and do not experience major issues,” Mr Singh shared. “However, we wanted to improve and accelerate the calibration and inspection process of our construction components. This drive for perfection was the push factor that encouraged us to source for advanced measurement solutions.”
Implementing Portable 3D CMM
Through one of its customers, Perfect Incorporated came to learn more about portable three-dimensional (3D) CMMs. Mr Singh said, “Our customer shared data reports from their portable CMM, and it opened our minds to new possibilities as we were impressed with the technology’s measurement accuracy and speed of report generation. We started our own research to learn more about different variations of 3D measurement technologies, and began shortlisting solutions that would best serve our needs.”
The team needed measuring equipment complete with an accuracy of 0.5 mm to 1 mm, to provide support throughout its calibration, inspection, installation, and dimensional calculation stages. After comparing the technical capabilities of different portable 3D CMMs, the manufacturer identified Faro as its preferred choice, since its solutions fit their needs for calibration.
The construction equipment manufacturer got in touch with Faro and clarified its requirements for measurements and applications. After assessing Perfect Incorporated s needs, Faro introduced its nine-feet Edge ScanArm HD–an advanced metrology solution that integrates the functions of the FaroArm with a hand-held laser scanner. The ScanArm is a seven-axis measurement solution that offers maximum data handling, high accuracy, and optimum efficiency for users.
Adding non-contact measurement capabilities to the FaroArm, the ScanArm is able to scan even the most complex shape, and is ideal for measuring the different sizes of Perfect Incorporated’s construction equipment. Quality construction components including scaffolding, pillars, and structures are manufactured in-house.
Reliable, Repeatable, And Reproducible Measurement Data
Since acquiring the ScanArm, Perfect Incorporated regularly utilises the device to calibrate and inspect the construction equipment and tools that are manufactured in-house. The ScanArm is now a key component of an important monitoring system at the plant floor, and is used weekly to detect errors before and after the production stage. With the ScanArm stationed on the shop floor, the team also achieved unprecedented savings in time and labour, as components do not have to be physically moved to a separate measurement room with controlled temperatures for accurate measurements to be taken.
The manufacturer can now generate calibration data reports easily, without the hassle of filing manual reports. The ScanArm also delivers reliable, repeatable, and reproducible measurement data with every scan. Before the ScanArm, the manufacturer had trouble obtaining data with similar reliability and consistency using other metrology solutions. As an added bonus, the ScanArm is used to calibrate the company’s 1D machine, a four-metre long vernier calliper.
Since the team continues to rely on the conventional method to inspect smaller components, the ScanArm has also indirectly provided the manufacturer with better results on that front. “We constantly endeavour to improve our existing processes,” Mr Singh observed. “The ScanArm has proven to be a valuable addition and it has allowed us to streamline our operations.”
“Previously, it was a struggle to inspect the tooling manufactured in-house, but we can now monitor the process easily with the ScanArm. We are truly enjoying the benefits that the ScanArm has brought, and without a doubt, we will expand our collection of FARO’s technologies as our business needs evolve–especially when we venture into reverse engineering applications!” emphasised Mr Singh.
Additionally, the portability feature of the ScanArm allows employees to conduct measurements easily on the shop floor.