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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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Guided Assembly And Assembly Verification Through Virtual Templating

Guided Assembly and Assembly Verification Through Virtual Templating

As product size increases and part geometry grows more complex, it becomes harder to perform measurements and inspections accurately. In this article, Jim Cassady and Jutta Mayer of FARO Technologies discuss how portable 3D technology can help address such issues.

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 more important 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.

Portable 3D Technology to the Rescue

Portable 3D coordinate measurement devices have long been 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.

Besides metrology grade measurement and inspection, however, there are additional ways in which 3D technology can support companies dealing with large assembly challenges. This is done through technical assistance systems for guided assembly and assembly verification based on virtual templating. These systems are based on the underlying philosophy that Quality Assurance starts with the assembly process, and they provide great support for layout and assembly workflows.

Using the 3D CAD model of a part or assembly, the technical assistance system creates a laser template, which is then used to visually project a laser outline of parts (or areas of interest) onto a surface or object. The result is a virtual and collaborative 3D template to streamline a wide range of assembly and production applications, guiding the user through the layout and assembly process. The system does so by providing clear instructions to users each step of the way, and by indicating the exact location for each component and feature.

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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.

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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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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.

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A ‘Greater’ Need for Precision

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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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Two Industry Veterans To Lead FARO’s Global Hardware, Software R&D Teams

Two Industry Veterans to Lead FARO’s Global Hardware, Software R&D Teams

FARO Technologies Inc. has hired two industry veterans to join its senior leadership team and manage the global hardware and software R&D teams. Avi Ray-Chaudhuri, who serves as Vice President of Hardware R&D, and Wesley Tilley, who serves as Vice President of Software R&D, joined the company on August 31, 2020.

“As FARO continues to increase its focus on cloud-based software applications that enable long-term differentiation of our 3D solutions, we are adding critical talent to FARO’s executive team to lead both our software and hardware R&D organizations that will accelerate our product development efforts,” said Michael Burger, President and CEO of FARO. “I am thrilled to have two industry leaders like Wes and Avi join our organization and lead these teams.”

Ray-Chaudhuri has over 20 years of leadership success in diverse industries including semiconductor, advanced lithography, and laser development. Most recently, he served as VP, Engineering, Commercial Lasers for Lumentum, where he significantly reduced the product development cycle time and implemented best-in-class program management, engineering and operations practices. Ray-Chaudhuri earned a Doctor of Philosophy, Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University.

Meanwhile, Tilley brings more than 30 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, primarily in the areas of product management and R&D leadership. He most recently served as VP, Communications Software as a Service at Oracle, where he led a strategic shift in global business unit strategy to Cloud native, SaaS offerings in the telecommunications space. Tilley has an MBA in General Management from Duke University and a B.Sc Computer Science from North Carolina State University.

 

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FARO Acquires ATS AB To Accelerate In 3D Digital Twin Market

FARO Acquires ATS AB To Accelerate In 3D Digital Twin Market

FARO Technologies, Inc. has acquired Advanced Technical Solutions in Scandinavia AB (“ATS”), a Swedish-based leader in 3D digital twin solution technology.

The acquisition will integrate ATS software and proprietary Traceable 3D system, which enables highly accurate and repeatable 3D scans, into the FARO Webshare Cloud platform. ATS’ system connects the physical to the digital world and is expected to bolster FARO’s ability to improve customers’ time to decision with 10x faster 3D imaging at up to 1mm accuracy.

“We believe this acquisition enables FARO with differentiated accuracy and speed, which we believe will accelerate the adoption of digital twin technology. High accuracy 3D digital twin simulations allow capital intensive industries such as automotive and aerospace to meaningfully reduce their time to market and cost,” said Michael Burger, FARO President & CEO.

“I welcome the ATS team into FARO and believe they will help accelerate our strategic objective of increasing cloud based subscription offerings in this sizable market.”

Göran L. Bergqvist, ATS CEO, added, “The ATS team is thrilled to join a 40-year global leader like FARO.  FARO’s technology and market presence provides the spring-board to the market adoption of Traceable 3D.” Bergqvist, who co-founded ATS, will continue to lead the ATS operation. The ATS Swedish facility will also act as a Nordic sales and service center for FARO.

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FARO Completes Divestment Of Dental, Photonics Businesses

FARO Completes Divestment of Dental, Photonics Businesses

FARO Technologies Inc. has completed the divestiture of two recent business lines. On June 10, FARO divested its Italy-based dental business to Open Tech 3D Srl. The FARO dental business primarily developed structured light products for the dental industry. While FARO will no longer serve the dental market, the company will retain an Italian development team who will continue to develop structured light and other technologies for its core target 3D markets

On April 30, FARO divested its US-based photonics business to MECCO. FARO Photonics designed and manufactured high-precision laser scan heads, Ethernet-based vector controllers, and advanced processing software to provide an integrated steering solution for a range of advanced laser applications.

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“As we announced in February, FARO has embarked on a new strategic plan that includes increased focus on our targeted 3D markets,” said Michael Burger, President and CEO. “I’m pleased to have completed these divestitures to partners who will continue to provide leading technology to our customers in these adjacent markets. These divestitures allow us to align our resources on providing 3D solutions to the Metrology, AEC, and Public Safety Analytics markets.”

While financial terms of the divestitures were not disclosed, the two product lines contributed approximately 2% of FARO’s revenue in 2019.

 

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FARO Launches Latest 3D Portable Gage CMM

FARO Launches Latest 3D Portable Gage CMM

FARO Technologies, Inc. has released its most affordable and accurate 3D portable coordinate measurement machine (CMM): The FARO Gage. Ideal for small and medium-sized businesses performing high-accuracy tasks, the Gage is the most intuitive, ergonomic, and versatile articulated portable FaroArm, enabling machine shops to perform their most demanding 3D inspections in record time.

The all-in-one-solution also reduces calibration costs and minimizes clutter, replacing traditional hand tools such as calipers, micrometers, and height gauges, while providing 20 percent more reach than the previous-generation Gage arm. Lightweight and portable but with the precision of a lab instrument and the ruggedness of a shop floor device, the Gage sets up in seconds, reduces inspection time, and delivers quality results with exceptional flexibility, resulting in increased speed and productivity.

“When it comes to measurement equipment value; accuracy, portability, speed and affordability matter,” said Michael Carris, Ph.D., Vice President of Product Marketing at FARO. “Too often machine shops rely on expensive and hard-to-use fixed CMMs that take up valuable floor space or a multitude of hand tools that slow down the process. The Gage eliminates these inefficiencies. As a result, inspection bottlenecks are greatly reduced, measurement accuracy is improved, and operator variability is significantly minimized.”

As the United States and the world begin emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic, the value proposition for such a product could not be clearer. While global industry is presently suppressed, economists predict a robust recovery by Q3 and Q4. That means that many machine shops now operating at half speed will rapidly ramp up production. Demand will surge and products will require fast-tracked release.

The FARO Gage achieves this aim by improving efficiency and productivity like never before. That efficiency begins with setup. A universal quick mount ensures compatibility with a variety of mounting options that allows it to be set it up anywhere, including on-machine. A simple 2-button design, 6-point articulation and built-in counterbalance deliver exceptional ease of use and fatigue-free operation. Its compact design makes the product lightweight and easy to transport. The Gage is compatible with FARO’s full line of metrology software, including CAM2 Probing, the simple contact measurement solution. The result is an advanced metrology device that delivers unparalleled performance.

“Small and medium size operations can now take full advantage of 3D measurement technology,” Carris added. “For machine shops, quality problems, imprecise measurement, scrapped parts, extended wait times and customers part rejections all contribute to unnecessary expenses that become more critical during these trying economic times. The FARO Gage allows for more streamlined processes, significant waste reduction, and quick return on investment. Backed by FARO’s 40-year history of superior portable measurement experience, Gage allows more companies to benefit from lean manufacturing practices and will be employing the new industry standard in compact performance and affordability.”

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Sheet Metal Fabricator Cuts Inspection Time By 60%

Sheet Metal Fabricator Cuts Inspection Time by 60%

Here’s how Veer-O-Metals was able to reduce its inspection time by 60 percent. Article by FARO Technologies.

Sheet Metal Fabricator Cuts Inspection Time by 60%

Figure 1: An operator uses the FaroArm’s contact probe to inspect a sheet metal product for accuracy.

India is fast rising as a manufacturing powerhouse. With Prime Minister Modi’s “Make in India” programme, the manufacturing industry in India is set to become the fifth-largest in the world by 2020, worth an expected US$1 trillion by 2025. Therefore, against the backdrop of an increasingly crowded playing field for suppliers, quality and prompt service are more important than ever in setting companies apart from their rivals.

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Veer-O-Metals Pvt Ltd has long since been aware of this. The company was founded in 1965 and is a leading manufacturer and exporter of precision sheet metal fabrication parts and assemblies. With reputed clients in diverse verticals, Veer-O-Metals has established itself in industrial circles as a trustworthy provider.

The Search for Quality and Efficiency

Veer-O-Metals’s first encounter with FARO was in 2005. With clients in fields such as medical electronics, aerospace, and automotive manufacturing, there was little margin for error allowed in Veer-O-Metal’s production processes.

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At that time, the Veer-O-Metals team depended on Vernier callipers and micrometres for the bulk of their measurements. However, these manual tools had their limitations. The metal parts ranged from small components that are around 10 x 10 cm in size, to larger structures of 3 x 3 m dimensions. Technicians tasked with measuring large structures such as door frames would typically take an entire day to complete the job. Even then, the accuracy of measurements depended heavily on each technician’s competency. Even with the most skilful operators, there were times when measurements were still inaccurate, forcing the team to push back project timelines.

“It became clear that something had to change,” recalls Shambhu Saran, General Manager of Operations at Veer-O-Metals. “That’s when we decided to invest in the FaroArm, in hopes of bumping up productivity and accuracy.”

FaroArm: A Trusted Solution

Veer-O-Metals’s first purchase was the 6-ft Titanium FaroArm, a solution that offered measurement accuracy of up to 25 microns. Company technicians immediately saw an improvement in production quality.

Most important to the team at Veer-O-Metals was the FaroArm’s ability to complete geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) inspections swiftly. Saran comments, “It used to be difficult to even measure flatness tolerance, but the FaroArm automatically generates reports based on 3D data points. The CAM2 metrology software even maps out a visual of our products, allowing us to pinpoint and correct problem areas in our products more quickly.”

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The ease of operating the FaroArm also greatly improved Veer-O-Metals’s work productivity. With six axes of rotation and the option to quickly switch out probe heads, the FaroArm’s intuitive design is easy for technicians to use, and reduces the need to change between several traditional tools. The accuracy of measurements has also become more consistent across the board, reducing precious time spent on training new technicians. This has cut Veer-O-Metals’s inspection time by 60 percent.

FARO’s proven efficacy led Veer-O-Metals to purchase the FARO QuantumS and QuantumE measurement arms in 2017 and 2018 respectively. By then, Veer-O-Metals had expanded – with four plants in Bangalore – and the portability of the FaroArm became even more of a boon.

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“When necessary, we transport our measurement arms between plants,” notes Saran. “As the devices are battery-powered, it was never a concern to have them plugged into a power source, and the Universal Quick Mount base allows it to be conveniently placed on any metal and granite surface. This has enabled us to maximise our usage of the arms.”

Satisfaction All Around

The team at Veer-O-Metals now use the three FaroArm units for four to five hours every day, proving an excellent return on investment. With improved efficiency and reliable accuracy, Veer-O-Metals has been able to speed up the production process, delivering products to clients in a much timelier manner.

“By consistently upgrading production processes and technology, we are confident of retaining customer loyalty,” Ranjith Kumar, Assistant Manager – Qualification, concludes. “Our fourth plant is scheduled to open in mid-2019 and we project a 30 percent increase in export sales. FARO technology will be instrumental in helping us keep up with new orders, and we will definitely consider purchasing other solutions when the need arises in future.”

 

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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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