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Going Further In 3D Metrology: SHINING 3D Introduces The FreeScan UE

Going Further In 3D Metrology: SHINING 3D Introduces The FreeScan UE

SHINING 3D has introduced the latest addition of the proven FreeScan series of handheld Metrology 3D scanners: the FreeScan UE.

We are living in challenging times, the definition of “normal” has changed fundamentally within a glimpse and “business as usual” looks much different than at the beginning of last year. Cutting edge technology that questions old fashioned and outdated work processes and accelerates engineering, product development and inspection processes has always been SHINING 3D´s specialty. Providing solutions answering needs and requirements of industries and going further, setting new technology standards is what SHINING 3D stands for.

The FreeScan UE has been developed to cater to the needs and requirements of industry professionals and at the same time provide efficient and reliable solutions to tackle the challenges they are facing in their everyday working life. The SHINING 3D Team has thus developed the latest FreeScan handheld laser 3D scanner to foster excellency and high performance even in complex and difficult operation environments, suitable for expert users and beginners alike.

“Innovatively adapting blue laser 3D scanning technology, convincing with high accuracy and stable repeatability capacities rounded off by easy and convenient hardware and software handling, the FreeScan UE will empower professionals across industries to effectively and precisely upgrade their digital workflows in engineering and inspection tasks,” said  Sunny Wong, Product Manager Metrology Scanning, SHINING 3D.

Main features of the FreeScan UE include:

High Accuracy & Stable Repeatability

Freescan UE boasts 0.02mm accuracy  and impresses by stably delivering highly precise results independently and in many diverse application environments.

Portable & light weight

The device weights only 670g, facilitating handheld scanning more easily and avoiding fatigue due to long working time.

Wide range of material adaptions

Supporting the scan of black and reflective surfaces to accommodate a wider range of scanning applications.

High efficiency

The scan area can reach 510*520mm, providing larger field of view for a smoother and more efficient scanning experience.

Easy operation

Totally new UI software provides a user-friendly operating system with simple software setup and guidance through the whole workflow process, allowing users to master the operation at ease.

Seamless docking to inspection software

The scan data can be imported into inspection softwares like Control X, Verisurf Inspect and Einsense Q with one click, increasing the inspection efficiency.

 

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FARO Announces Two New Global Sustainability Goals To Advance ESG Efforts

FARO Announces Two New Global Sustainability Goals to Advance ESG Efforts

FARO Technologies, Inc has announced two new strategic goals in support of its Environment, Social & Governance (ESG) efforts.

The first new goal is to reduce the Company carbon emissions 25 percent by 2025 through aggressive activities that improve environmental performance. The second new goal is to establish middle and high school partnerships to improve curriculum in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) — especially for minorities and females from low-income and disadvantaged areas. Year-one STEM funding will be $50,000 across the US, Canada, Germany, Portugal, the U.K, Singapore, and India.

“FARO is deeply committed to practicing good citizenship and global sustainability and we have a strong history of addressing ESG issues that impact the organisation, our customers and the communities we serve around the globe,” said Michael Burger, President & CEO. “Whether reducing our carbon footprint, embracing ethical business practices, supporting diversity in our schools or ensuring oversight of our operations and data, corporate responsibility is a business imperative woven throughout the enterprise.”

FARO has a diverse global workforce and fosters a culture of trust that provides a safe and secure environment. Established ESG programs and policies drive operational excellence and maintain the highest standards possible for accountability, conduct and governance. The Company also ensures that supply chain partners adhere to these principles and practices, including the sourcing of raw materials, as outlined in the FARO Supplier Code of Conduct policy.

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Portable 3D Metrology: Combating Common Challenges In Large Parts And Assemblies

Portable 3D Metrology: Combating Common Challenges in Large Parts and Assemblies

Measurement and alignment tasks are a considerable challenge in the overall production process when dealing with large components and assemblies. Here’s how you can address them. Article by Jim Cassady and Jutta Mayer, FARO Technologies.

Mating of a custom Wagstaff mold table mounting system and the corresponding mold table.

In the world of manufacturing, dimensional control is a fundamental building block that cannot be compromised. It determines part-to-part variation, establishes part-to-CAD comparison to check whether specs are met, and ensures proper fit in a final assembly. Beyond getting part geometries right, however, there are additional reasons for maintaining standards in accordance with design specifications.

Investing in precision equipment for measuring and aligning components helps ensure that everything fits the first time around without any unnecessary rework, saving time and other resources for a company. Further, more serious consequences such as equipment failure or production delays can be avoided when alignment, measurements, and inspections are conducted properly and at appropriate phases of production.

A ‘Greater’ Need for Precision

For industries such as aerospace, automotive, shipbuilding, heavy equipment manufacturing, and many others that handle large components and assemblies, measurement and alignment tasks are a considerable challenge in the overall production process. On the surface, these challenges may not seem too different from what most manufacturers typically encounter. Yet, the difficulties, as well as the consequences of missed specifications, are magnified manyfold owing to the size of the objects being built.

Manufacturers that handle large workpieces would candidly share that as product size increases and part geometry grows more complex, it becomes harder for them to perform measurements and inspections accurately. Conventional hand tools such as rules, gauges, calipers, micrometers, squares, and protractors are effective up to a point, but they are also demanding in terms of time and operator skill, often making them prone to human error.

The use of large, fixed Coordinate Measurement Machines (CMMs) in quality labs is impractical as many workpieces simply cannot be moved to the lab for measurement and inspection due to various reasons. In addition, fixed CMMs are limited in terms of the size of the parts they can inspect and become costly in large working volumes.

Apart from size and cost limitations, accessibility and line-of-sight issues also plague the technicians responsible for taking accurate measurements, as they struggle to find efficient ways to perform their jobs. That said, with today’s technological advancements, there are many solutions available that provide speedy and cost-effective ways around these common challenges.

Portable 3D Technology to the Rescue

Portable 3D coordinate measurement devices have long become the choice solution among manufacturers for large-volume measurement, as they combine accuracy with flexibility. Compared to conventional hand tools, portable 3D technology offers manufacturers a much higher level of precision, efficiency, and productivity all at once. Unlike fixed CMMs, these solutions require much less capital investment at the onset and are robust enough to perform even in a non-controlled environment, such as right on the production floor, in a dry-dock or hangar.

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API Partners KvejborgApS For 3D Metrology In Denmark

API Partners KvejborgApS For 3D Metrology In Denmark

Automated Precision Europe GmbH (API) has signed a sales agent contract with KvejborgApS in order to improve service and coverage for industrial customers in Denmark. Both companies are specialised in innovative laser-based metrology equipment and measurement services for industrial companies.

“By working hand in hand as a team, prospects and customers in Denmark get the best support for 3D metrology solutions. We are proud to be a partner of API. API Laser Trackers are the best on the market and give us the opportunity to reach and solve challenges for clients with big parts,” says Søren Kvejborg, General Manager of KvejborgApS.

Jens Pursche, API Sales Manager, adds: “The know-how and products of API and KvejborgApS complement each other perfectly. We look forward to delivering optimal support and solutions for customers.”

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Metrology-Grade 3D Measurements Right On The Production Floor

Metrology-Grade 3D Measurements Right on the Production Floor

In this article, Guillaume Bull discusses the insights that led to the development of Creaform’s latest optical CMM scanner.

Operator scanning an industrial mold directly on the shop floor.

Over the last few years, manufacturing companies have seen their time to market expedited due to intensified competition on the global scale. In addition, the parts and assemblies that they produce are now more complex than ever.

On the one hand, they face pressure to accelerate their workflows. On the other hand, they must meet quality standards that are constantly rising. Creaform is fully aware that today’s manufacturers are facing tremendous challenges. They know that product quality issues impact scrap rate, production ramp-up, production rate, and downtime, ultimately affecting production costs and overall profitability. Consequently, Creaform’s product development team started on their task, with their clients’ issues and needs in mind.

The objective was to develop the ideal 3D scanner that could be integrated seamlessly into any quality control (QC), quality assurance (QA), first article inspection (FAI), maintenance, repair and operation (MRO), or reverse engineering workflow, and operated by users of any skill level in any type of environment—including the production floor.

Creaform wanted to offer production and quality professionals an alternative solution to the coordinate measuring machine (CMM), where parts are usually brought for FAI and QC. By doing so, non-critical inspections could be relocated and even performed right on the production floor to offload the CMM and keep it available for inspection of crucial dimensions. Creaform also wanted to develop a tool more suited for QA, since quality issues can come from multiple parts, all with different sizes, shapes, and surface finishes. Creaform’s engineers had definitely a lot on their plate.

Faster, More Accurate, and More Versatile Portable 3D Scanner

Creaform’s engineers kept these objectives and challenges in mind when they developed the MetraSCAN BLACK. They were determined to take dimensional measurement speed, accuracy, and versatility to a whole new level.

Speed

Now featuring 15 blue laser crosses, which can take up to 1,800,000 measurements per second, the new metrology-grade 3D scanner offers a larger scanning area and accelerated scanning time. Such a measurement speed—4X faster than the previous version—ensures an optimized acquisition time and data processing rate in order to provide users with instant meshing. In short, the measurement workflow from setup to real-time scans and ready-to-use files has never been faster.

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Portable 3D Metrology: Combating Common Challenges In Large Parts And Assemblies

Portable 3D Metrology: Combating Common Challenges in Large Parts and Assemblies

When it comes to metrology, here’s how customers can boost confidence, accelerate delivery timelines, and reduce scrap and rework rates all at once. Article by Jim Cassady and Jutta Mayer, FARO Technologies.

In the world of manufacturing, dimensional control is fundamental to successful part assembly. It determines part-to-part variation, establishes part-to-CAD comparison to check whether specs are met, and ensures proper final fit. Beyond getting part geometries right, however, there are additional reasons for maintaining standards in accordance with design specifications.

Investing in precision equipment for measuring and aligning components helps ensure that everything fits the first time around without any unnecessary rework, saving time, and other resources for a company. Further, more serious consequences such as equipment failure or production delays can be avoided when alignment, measurements, and inspections are conducted properly and at appropriate phases of production.

A ‘Greater’ Need for Precision

For industries such as aerospace, automotive, shipbuilding, heavy equipment manufacturing, and many others that handle large components and assemblies, measurement and alignment tasks are a considerable challenge in the overall production process. On the surface, these challenges may not seem too different from what most manufacturers typically encounter. Yet, the difficulties, as well as the consequences of missed specifications, are magnified owing to the size of the objects being built.

Manufacturers that handle large workpieces would candidly share that as product size increases and part geometry grows more complex, it becomes harder for them to perform measurements and inspections accurately. Conventional hand tools such as rules, gauges, calipers, micrometers, squares, and protractors are effective up to a point, but they are also demanding in terms of time and operator skill, often making them prone to human error.

The use of large, fixed coordinate measurement machines (CMMs) in quality labs is impractical as many workpieces cannot be moved to the lab for measurement and inspection. For example, if a ship is dry-docked for a limited time for retrofitting purposes, transporting parts that would fit on a CMM into a quality lab would not be practical. In addition, fixed CMMs are limited in terms of the size of the parts they can inspect and become costly in large working volumes.

Portable 3D Technology to the Rescue

Portable 3D coordinate measurement devices have long become the choice solution among manufacturers for large-volume measurement, as they combine accuracy with flexibility. Compared to conventional hand tools, portable 3D technology offers manufacturers a much higher level of precision, efficiency, and productivity all at once. Unlike fixed CMMs, these solutions require much less capital investment at the onset and are robust enough to perform even in a non-controlled environment, such as on the production floor, in a dry-dock or hangar.

The resulting ability to deploy measurement devices right where the manufacturing process takes place accelerates execution timelines and allows manufacturers to deliver quality products with greater confidence. What this means for large-part manufacturers is that, instead of settling for hand tools or a bulky fixed CMM set-up, they can opt for alternatives that offer the right mix of performance, cost, and flexibility.

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API Partners With NM3D IBÉRICA For 3D Metrology Solutions

API Partners With NM3D IBÉRICA For 3D Metrology solutions

To improve consulting for industrial customers with a need for mobile measurement technology in Spain and Portugal, Automated Precision Europe GmbH (API) has signed a reseller agreement with NM3D IBÉRICA. Both companies specialise in innovative laser-based instruments for measurement, calibration and services. NM3D will sell API’s measurement systems in Spain and Portugal in addition to API’s existing reselling partner, HIWE SQS. This includes API’s state-of-the-art Radian Laser Tracker series and full accessory line.

“Through our teams and our combined know-how, customers on the Iberian Peninsula receive the marketleading best consultancy and support for 3D metrology solutions,” says Nuno Costa, General Manager of NM3D. And Jan-Hendrik Lott, Managing Director of API in Europe adds: “Our strengths and products complement each other perfectly. Aligning API’s global network through local presence and partnership in Spain and Portugal provides ‘globally-local’ support and coverage for our customers.”

API offers innovative mobile 3D metrology, on-site measurement services, Laser Tracker calibration and an attractive rental program for immediate availability. Thanks to a Virtual Showroom, online demos of the products are also available at short notice for customers in Spain and Portugal and worldwide.

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API And COORD3 Partners For Industrial 3D Metrology Solutions

API and COORD3 Partners For Industrial 3D Metrology Solutions

Automated Precision Europe GmbH (API) has further improved their distribution channels by entering a new partnership in Italy for its Radian Laser Tracker system products and accessories. In addition to their long-time partner Microservice S.r.l., API Radian products will now also be sold by COORD3 in Italy with immediate effect. COORD3, with its expertise in 3D coordinate measuring technology, provides ideal conditions for successful consulting and support of interested parties and customers.

Fulvio Valenziano, Regional Manager at COORD3, summarises the basis of the cooperation: “Best in class technology from the inventor of laser tracking, now through COORD3, is brought even closer to the Italian customer base.”

“Combining the measurement system know-how of COORD3 with API’s innovative product portfolio complements each other perfectly. Aligning the global API network close to every customer through local presence is part of our proven ‘globallylocal’ customer orientation,” added Jan-Hendrik Lott, General Manager of API in Europe.

API offers innovative mobile 3D measurement technology solutions through on-site measurement services, calibration of Laser Trackers, and an attractive rental program for immediate availability. Thanks to a Virtual Showroom, online demos of the products are available at short notice for customers in Italy and around the world.

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Large-Scale Metrology For Oil Industry Production

Large-Scale Metrology For Oil Industry Production

Introduction of dedicated metrology tools brings quality and efficiency improvements in large-scale subsea structure construction. Article by Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence.

Situated approximately 15 km south of Singapore in a free-trade-zone on Batam Island, Profab has for 20 years been building a reputation as a leading producer of large-scale parts for the global oil industry. A part of National Oilwell Varco since 2015, the company manufactures everything from subsea structures, turrets and wellhead platforms to mooring systems and pressure vessels.

This level of large-scale construction involves a host of complex industrial processes, including rolling, cutting, assembly, welding, cladding and weld overlay, post-weld heat treatment, painting and coating, loadout support, hydrostatic testing, fitting, packing and sea fastening.

Ensuring client projects are completed properly at the first attempt is a core goal at Profab, requiring the employment of the latest technology and equipment and a highly trained team. Their 27,500 square metre workshop was purpose-designed to provide the most efficient fabrication lines by minimising handling interference within the production process. Profab can handle the production of equipment weighing in at up to 4,000 tons, which can be loaded out directly onto barges via a roll-on-roll-off system using self-propelled modular transporter trailers.

Focus on Accuracy

The manufacture of pressure vessels and mooring systems are key areas where accuracy is becoming more and more critical for Profab. A key example of this was in the creation of the Sergipe floating storage regasification unit (FSRU), where precisely measuring the angles, position and length of the umbilical support structure was of great importance, with measurement essential in the reporting and positioning of adaptor plates.

The accuracy requirements for such tasks are at the submillimetre level for the machined parts, which was beyond the capabilities of the quality assurance equipment previously employed in Batam. It was clear that something more was needed to satisfy these requirements.

“We did consider a high-definition surveying system, but with accuracy at just about 2 to 3 mm, such a solution was just not workable for us,” said Rajesh Moehamad, Quality Control Manager at Profab. “Some of our customers require better accuracy than this, even for very big parts.”

After consultation with a Hexagon representative, it was clear that the Leica Absolute Tracker AT403 delivered a range of features and capabilities that perfectly aligned with Profab’s production needs in Batam.

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FARO Sees Bright Prospects In Automotive Manufacturing Industry

FARO Sees Bright Prospects in Automotive Manufacturing Industry

Yoshihiro Iida from FARO talks about the growing measurement and inspection needs in Thailand’s automotive manufacturing industry. Article by Stephen Las Marias.

Yoshihiro Iida

FARO is one of the leading providers of 3D measurement, imaging, and realization technologies. Headquartered in Florida, USA, the company develops and manufactures solutions that enable high-precision 3D capture, measurement and analysis across a variety of industries including manufacturing, construction, engineering and public safety.

For the Asia Pacific region, FARO set up its headquarters in Singapore in 2005. The next year, the company established a sales office and customer support services in Thailand.

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“We have been here for more than 10 years now, serving Thailand customers for 3D measurement solutions,” says Yoshihiro Iida, senior regional marketing manager for Japan, South Korea, SEA, and ANZ, for FARO, during an interview at the recent METALEX 2019 exhibition in Bangkok, Thailand. According to Iida, this is mainly due to the inspection needs driven by the huge automotive manufacturing industry in Thailand, in addition to the overall metalworking and mould making industries.

For the automotive industry, parts are now getting more complicated, especially their geometries. “Previously, many people used hand tools, such as callipers. This made the inspection processes very difficult, and it was also highly dependent on the person’s skills,” says Iida. “With parts getting more complicated, there is now an increase in needs for inspections.”

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So, these manufacturers tend to use 3D measurement machines, such as the fixed CMM. “But with fixed CMMs, the investment tends to be high, and it is also more difficult to set up,” says Iida. “FARO offers portable measurement solutions, which allows manufacturers to do the measurement onsite. This makes inspections easier and reduces time spent on inspection processes.”

Bright Outlook Despite Automotive Manufacturing Woes

Thailand’s automotive market reached 1,007,552 units in 2019, according to data from Toyota Motor Thailand and Federation of Thai Industries (FTI). The figure is down by three percent compared to the previous year, mainly due to the continuing downbeat economic sentiment brought about by the US-China trade war.

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This is the fourth time in the history of the Thai automotive market to hit over one million-unit level, even though the market showed a sharp decline in the latter half of last year, especially from September. For 2020, FTI is having a conservative outlook for car production, with forecast output of 2 million units.

Nevertheless, this trend has not dampened demand for inspection systems. “For automotive manufacturing, inspection doesn’t stop. They continue to develop cars, as such they still have a need,” says Iida. “They are dealing with more complicated parts now, so they are seeing greater demand for inspection.”

Challenges

A lot of companies are still having inspection challenges, according to Iida. “Let’s say for inspection purposes, a lot of people still use hand tools, especially the small businesses. But this method requires specialised skills which usually only the senior employees or senior engineers possess. For new staff or junior engineers—while they may be able to carry out the inspections, accuracy can sometimes be affected as it depends on the skills of the engineers,” explains Iida.

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Investing in fixed CMMs can enable manufacturers to measure and inspect parts. “But aside from the heavy investment for a fixed CMM, and it can also take time and a specific skill set to set up the machine and parts for measurement,” he says.

The parts or objects need to be in the inspection room, before setting them up for measurement in the fixed CMM. However, the problem here is that when the parts being measured are too big for the CMM or have complicated geometries. “It is not easy,” says Iida. “If the part is small, you can easily carry it and bring it to the inspection room for measurement. But imagine the big parts or the heavy moulds — these cannot be carried easily to the inspection room. You would also need to consider safety issue. Sometimes, if the parts are too big, such as heavy machinery or equipment, it can take up to one hour or two hours to complete a task.”

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On the other hand, he notes that the company’s portable measurement solutions and devices can be brought on site, and users can measure immediately. “You don’t need to carry your parts or objects to the inspection room. We can measure on site. Imagine how much time and effort you can save,” says Iida.

In addition, with the increasing number of younger engineers joining the industry, it would also require significant investment to train them to have specialised skills. “Contrastingly, the FARO measurement solutions are easy to use. Even junior employees will be able to use them immediately inspection,” says Iida. “We will also them deal with inspection, so that they can focus on other important things.”

FARO Innovations and Trends

Among the recent inspection innovations from the company is the FARO 8-Axis Quantum FaroArm. According to Iida, this solution can help reduce installation time by 40 percent.

“The FaroArm can measure complicated shapes or parts with an integrated 360 deg rotating platform, easing the entire process,” says Iida.

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One of the trends in the metalworking industry right now is digitalisation. A lot of companies are adopting digital approaches, according to Iida, but he notes that unless you have data, you cannot go into a data-driven strategy.

“Let’s say, your company has some existing parts, but you don’t see or possess the design data. In that case, the FARO measurement solutions can help users reverse engineer existing parts by scanning and creating a CAD data. Once you have data, you can re-use them. We can help digitise things, and that is the step towards Industry 4.0, towards a smarter manufacturing environment.”

Outlook

Iida says the automotive manufacturing industry may remain uncertain for now due to the US-China trade war. “But we still see growing demand for inspection for automotive parts, and also 3D modelling, for digitalisation,” he says. “As long as there is a need for reliability and quality measurements, FARO is going to be there.”

 

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