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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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A Look At How 3D Measurement Technology Helps Reduces Total Lead Time

A Look At How 3D Measurement Technology Helps Reduces Total Lead Time

Utilising FARO’s QuantumM FaroArm, Kyokuyo was able to improve its manufacturing efficiency by shortening processes and reducing manpower needs. Article by Kayoko Muranaka, FARO Technologies.

Figure 1: The FaroArm is lightweight and easy to handle, even for women who are more petite.

Figure 1: The FaroArm is lightweight and easy to handle, even for women who are more petite.

From construction machinery to railroad vehicles, and even an ATM chassis, parts produced by Kyokuyo Metal Industrial Co. Ltd (Kyokuyo) are incorporated into various devices that play integral parts of our lives. In recent times, a surge in demand for construction machinery and railway infrastructure, due to the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics, has led to an increase in business for Kyokuyo.

The company’s main production base in Yachiyo is equipped with a turret punch press, laser beam machines, and various sheet metal processing machines. The factory focuses on cutting and bending works for plates of varying thicknesses. Besides machining, Kyokuyo’s integrated production system also includes pre- and post-machining processes—such as material arrangement, welding, painting, assembly, finished products inspection, and packing. In order to maintain the quality of products while hastening the production process, regardless of work volume, Kyokuyo focused on reducing total lead time by utilising 3D measurement instruments.

A Perfect Opportunity for Introducing 3D Measurement Technology

Measurement results collected by the FaroArm are clearly presented in easy-to-read visuals on the FARO CAM2 Software.

Figure 2: Measurement results collected by the FaroArm are clearly presented in easy-to-read visuals on the FARO CAM2 Software.

Recently, Kyokuyo took on new business from a major construction machinery manufacturer and it became clear that highly accurate inspection would be necessary in order to meet the stringent quality control standards of the client.

Kyokuyo produces a large variety of parts in low quantities, and in many different shapes and sizes. In the past, the company’s Quality Assurance Department used hand tools such as calipers, micrometers, and height gauges to inspect finished parts. However, substantial amount of time and effort were required for this process, at times requiring up to two people to carry out the inspection of just one part.

Working with the new construction machinery customer created an opportunity for Kyokuyo to introduce 3D measurement technology to its processes.

“We had three main criteria for evaluating various 3D measurement instruments — weight, operability, and aftersales support,” shared Mr. Daisuke Matsumoto, Chief of the Quality Assurance Department.

Kyokuyo decided to purchase the latest FARO QuantumM FaroArm when it was released. The new QuantumM FaroArm boasted superior functions while meeting Matsumoto’s three main evaluation criteria.

Matsumoto revealed, “We had tried out many different 3D measurement instruments, and eventually chose the QuantumM FaroArm as our best option. The FaroArm’s in-built counterbalance system provides effortless, stress-free usage. Coupled with its lightweight and ergonomic design, which surpasses that of products in the same category, the FaroArm was very easy to operate — even with one hand. The meticulous service and support we received from FARO’s representatives also affirmed our decision to purchase the FaroArm.”

Now, with the FaroArm, Kyokuyo’s operators can carry out the finished product inspections more efficiently and with much less effort. Additionally, the FARO CAM2 Measure 10 software can be programmed to allow for sequential measurement of fixed points, increasing the efficiency of inspection processes.

Amazingly Lightweight, Easy to Use, and Accurate

Figure 3: Complex geometric tolerance can be easily measured, and anyone can simply repeat the procedure by creating a measurement program.

Figure 3: Complex geometric tolerance can be easily measured, and anyone can simply repeat the procedure by creating a measurement program.

Misaki Fujiwara, the key personnel conducting these measurement tasks, shared her appreciation for the FaroArm, “Other 3D measurement instruments did not feature a counterbalance system, so I had to use both hands to hold those tools. Comparatively, the FaroArm is much lighter and easier to use, allowing ladies like me to measure and inspect parts with just one hand — as not a lot of arm power is needed. These are very helpful features.”

However, the lightweight feature would have been pointless if the FaroArm did not offer the stringent accuracy required by Kyokuyo’s client.

Reflecting on his previous experience with hand tools, Hideaki Shinsato from the quality assurance department said, “When we were using hand tools for our inspection tasks, the measurement process was tedious, and the accuracy of results was also highly dependent on each personnel’s competency.”

The introduction of FaroArm eradicated such concerns. The quality assurance team gained greater confidence in their measurement results. In addition, they could now also offer objective measurement data to inform the staff on the shop floor of the exact improvements required. With this, the reliability of their quality assurance also increased substantially.

Significant Reduction of Time and Manpower

The FaroArm did not just increase the quality of Kyokuyo’s products. Since using the FaroArm, the company has dramatically reduced their total lead time from design to delivery. Inspection tasks that used to take an hour and two personnel to complete now takes only five minutes and just one personnel, regardless of the size of the object inspected.

With a large variety of parts that require inspection, reducing the number of personnel needed for one task allows simultaneous work on other tasks, thereby increasing productivity significantly.

“We’ve observed unquestionable improvements in accuracy and efficiency,” concluded Matsumoto. “We’re impressed with the quality of FARO’s products and going forward, we’re keen to introduce a laser tracker as we have some projects that require the measurement of larger parts. We believe we can broaden the scope of our business if we cater for both contact and non-contact inspection.”

 

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FARO: 3D Metrology Software

FARO: 3D Metrology Software

The FARO CAM2 Measure 10.5 is a software developed for the FaroArm, FARO Laser ScanArm and FARO Laser Tracker.

With the ability to connect multiple 3D measurement devices within the same coordinate system, the software can also simultaneously scan larger objects at higher speeds and greater precision, and record 20 times more data on a single computer.

It also enables automated repeat inspections and has an enhanced Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing functionality to provide users wit streamlined analysis and visual reporting of parts to determine part quality.

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