Jan
11
2014

FARO ‘casts’ a spell on Hadleigh quality

FARO ‘casts’ a spell on Hadleigh qualitySince 45 years, Hadleigh Castings has established a reputation as one of the UK’s leading aluminium foundries. The company’s extensive range of aluminium casting technologies and services includes CAD CAM, Pattern Making, Boxless Sand Moulding, Precision Sand Casting, Gravity Die-Casting CNC Machining, Final Finishing and Product Assembly.

Robin Mills, Hadleigh Castings Business Standards Manager explained. “Having looked at several alternative systems that could further improve our quality function and help to increase the flow of our inspection work, we decided to purchase an Edge ScanArm system. Compared to the other available systems, the ScanArm proved to be the ideal tool for product development, inspection and quality control functions.

“Adopting non-contact measurement techniques has considerably speeded-up our 1st article measuring process and significantly reduced our new products’ time to market. An example of the considerable time advantages that we have gained through the use of our FARO ScanArm is the regular detailed inspection that we undertake on a very complex casting. Previously, the painstaking, very precise inspection routine took us over 30 hours to complete. Now, with the use of our FARO Edge ScanArm, we are able to accomplish the complex task with improved levels of accuracy in less than 4 hours” pointed out the Hadleigh Castings Business Standards Manager.

The speed of operation of our new FARO ScanArm has enabled us to significantly speed-up our inspection processes“Given our ever shorter project lead-times, the ScanArm will be utilised to fast track, confirmation of the dimensional alignment of new or modified sample parts against the customer supplied 3D models. Also, as Faro’s software uses graduated colour graphics to indicate the tolerance condition of components’ features, in addition to tabulated reports, we are now also able to supply customised reports containing detailed graphical information ” emphasized Robin Mills.

Robin Mills concludes. “In addition to improving our accuracy capability, the speed of operation of our new FARO ScanArm has enabled us to significantly speed-up our inspection processes. The man hours saved by the use of the FARO Edge ScanArm will ensure that our return on investment time will be even faster than first estimated.”

Read about the ScanArm applications for foundry

About Hadleigh Castings
Hadleigh Castings was founded in 1968 to provide a full aluminium casting and manufacturing service.

Over the years continued investment in technology and training has created a modern, high quality production facility capable of producing precision sand casting and gravity die casting to very close tolerances.

As a leading sand and die foundry we are Professionals in producing quality castings of exacting standards. and consistently produce quality aluminium products for major manufacturers, especially in the UK and European markets, and also for other regions in the world.

Oct
30
2013

Webinar – Make inspection work for you with Geomagic® Control™ and the FaroArm

Webinar – Make inspection work for you with Geomagic® Control™ and the FaroArmDuring this webinar – November 21st – we will explain how you can use the FaroArm’s touch enabled probe and laser line probe to improve your inspection process using Geomagic Control’s intuitive inspection platform.

The goal of this webinar is for you to discover how to eliminate workarounds during the inspection process without missing any detail.

With Geomagic Control and the FaroArm, you can create and run purpose-built inspection processes that do exactly what you need.

The presenter of this webinar is Marco Albrecht, Geomagic Solutions Technical Evangelist.

Agenda:
- Live demonstration via a step by step inspection process showing how FARO works inside Control
- Introduction of the Auto Batch Process
- Q&A

Date: Thursday, 21st November 2013

Time:
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM EDT (New York)
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM GMT+1 (London-Dublin)
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM GMT+2 (Berlin-Paris-Rom)
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM GMT+3 (Istanbul)

You can registere here for this webinar, free of charge.

Sep
19
2013

How to customise an engine bay hood for the Ferrari 458 Spider?

Capristo, specialist in exhaust systems, demonstrates how to customise carbon production for automotive parts.

In this video Capristo and FARO experts show the entire manufacturing process of an engine bay hood for the Ferrari 458 Spider.

It starts with creating a 3D picture using a 3D laser scanner which forms the basis for the development of the prototype. The scanned data are then prepared, cleaned and exported in such a way that these can be further processed using CAD-Software. Have a look what happens next…

Aug
30
2013

Measurement at Mercedes-Benz

Have a look and see how Mercedes-Benz uses the FARO ScanArm to design and produce its M-Class.

Jul
26
2013

Jaguar gains speed and precision

Faro's 3D measurement systems permit high-precision 3D measurement, imaging and comparison of partsJaguar Land Rover (JLR) is the UK’s largest automotive design, engineering and manufacturing employer and operates from 5 sites in the Midlands and the North of England.

To help satisfy the rapidly growing global demand for its cars, JLR plans to deliver 40 significant product actions over the next five years.

“In addition to using portable measurement systems for the validation of BIW structures, it is also used for measuring panels in both pre-production and production runs. The outstanding levels of accuracy and repeatability that we are able to achieve through our use of FaroArm Platinum and the Laser Line Probe, ensures that we can detect micron deviations from our CAD models, BIW Supervisor, Martyn Smith explains.”

More details on how Jaguar gains speed with portable measuring systems

Jul
15
2013

What to do when CAD-files are non-existent or lost?

Find out in this one-minute video how to reverse engineer a piece with the FARO Edge ScanArm. After quickly scanning a part with the integrated laser scanner arm, surface models are created that can be used for surface reconstruction or reproduction of a component.

Reverse engineering of components permits the generation of CAD files of parts whose plans are either non-existent or were lost. It is also used to update or create documentation of the existing, as-built situation. Users can quickly scan a room or object and create surface models that can then be used for surface reconstruction.

Jun
27
2013

Unwrap a real mummy – Museum visitors explore historic artifacts

Unwrap a real mummy – Museum visitors explore historic artifactsInteractive Institute Swedish ICT is part of the group of Swedish visualization researchers that has teamed up with The Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities – Medelhavsmuseet in Stockholm, FARO and Autodesk in a state-of-the-art mummy visualization project.

As part of the development of a new permanent Egyptian exhibition, Medelhavsmuseet in Stockholm is making their collection of mummies available in digital form for the first time.

Read the full article at www.tii.se

Also check out this Autodesk video

May
16
2013

Control fair in Stuttgart: the FARO Team

Group photo FARO team at ControlMeet the FARO team at booth 3404 in hall 3 for a coffee and entertainment. Get your picture taken on the FARO Chopper that was flown in from the States especially for the Control fair. Explore the new and improved TrackArm, that unites the long range Laser Tracker with the flexibility of the FaroArm into a long-reach, six-degree-of-freedom probe. Also discover the brand new CAM2 SmartInspect software for non-CAD measurements and the renewed CAM2 Measure 10 software.

Visitors to the CONTROL trade fair (from 14 to 17 May, 2013, Stuttgart Trade Fair) can find out all about the new FARO TrackArm at the FARO Stand 3404 in Hall 3.

May
15
2013

FARO TrackArm – new and improved technology for the most versatile portable 3D measurement system

FARO TrackArm – new and improved technology for the most versatile portable 3D measurement system

The FARO TrackArm is the most versatile portable 3D measurement system available. It brings together the long range and high accuracy capabilities of FARO’s Laser Tracker with the flexibility and consistency of the FaroArm.

The seamless combination of these metrology devices expands the FaroArm’s working volume, allowing it to be quickly repositioned anywhere within the Laser Tracker’s measurement range; while remaining in the same coordinate system and the same software interface. This solution is ideally suited for the automotive, aerospace and heavy machinery industries as well as for suppliers of large parts to industries such as tunnel & mining and hydro & wind power.

The TrackArm is ideally suited for the automotive, aerospace and heavy machinery industriesThe FARO TrackArm unites the FARO Laser Tracker Vantage, which has a range of up to 80m (262.5 ft), with the entire FaroArm product family – Edge, Prime or Fusion – into a long-reach, six-degree-of-freedom probe. New innovative adapters enable the integration of the Tracker and the Arm. This improved solution also eliminates the need for a synchronization cable between the units and the system can be operated wirelessly with the FaroArm’s built-in capability. CAM2 Measure 10 software provides a simple user interface to quickly switch back and forth between the two systems. Attach FARO’s Laser Line Probe to the Arm to enable extended scanning and non-contact inspection ability for reverse engineering, CAD-to-part analysis, and inspection purposes.

Visitors to the CONTROL trade fair (from 14 to 17 May, 2013, Stuttgart Trade Fair) can find out all about the new FARO TrackArm at the FARO Stand 3404 in Hall 3.

>>More on FARO’s TrackArm

Apr
16
2013

FARO will be exhibiting at Railtex 2013, April 30th – 2nd May in London

International Exhibition of Railroad Equipment Systems & ServicesFARO UK invites all interested parties to Railtex, the all encompassing showcase for technological innovation across all sectors of the rail supply market.

FARO will be demonstrating several advanced metrology products, including the FARO Edge that boasts the lightest and smallest laser line probe and touch-screen computer for basic measurements at stand number G03. Also on display will be the FARO Gage with barcode scanner and the company’s innovative new Laser Tracker Vantage that is ideal for accurate, large volume measurements.

Date: 30th April – 2nd May 2013
Location: Earls Court 2 Exhibition Centre
Warwick Road
London SW5 9TA



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