The Costs and Benefits of Horizontal Machining
The shift from vertical to horizontal machining was even more expensive than this shop anticipated. It was also more valuable. Most of the shop’s machining centers are HMCs now—here’s why.
More Demanding Than Production
The challenges of prototyping have dramatically increased. This company reinvented itself to specialize in the tight-leadtime process development that prototyping now entails.
Shared Space, Shared ‘Vette
For the first time, Faro Technologies (leader in portable CMMs) and Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology (leader in bridge-type CMMs) are sharing an IMTS booth to demonstrate how manufacturers can benefit from their complementary precision measurement technologies.
Moving Forward in Reverse
This versatile shop leverages portable CMM technology to steadily grow the reverse engineering portion of its business.
Measurement Arm Rapidly Verifies Parts
The Faro Edge from Faro Technologies is a portable measurement arm that enables manufacturers to verify product quality by performing inspections, tool certifications, CAD-to-part analysis, and reverse engineering via hard probing and non-contact laser scanning.
Faro, Zeiss Offer Network of Solutions
Faro Technologies (Lake Mary, Florida) and Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology (Maple Grove, Minnesota) have announced the launch of the Innovative Solutions Network, a marketing, sales and support collaboration in North America intended to provide customers with a total metrology solution.
Last Glance at IMTS 2010
It would be impossible to cover all of the key exhibitors at IMTS 2010—even if every booth got merely a quick glance. However, the editors of MMS did get glimpses of some interesting technologies exhibited at the show...
Portable CMM Slashes Inspection Time
For very large parts, portable measuring solutions can be more practical than traditional CMMs and gages. One such unit from FARO helped this shop reduce inspection time by 80 percent on a large, cast iron housing.
Faro Offers Technology “Test Drive”
According to Faro, the economic crisis has created a catch-22 for many manufacturers—purchasing new technology requires securing new contracts, but new contracts can’t be secured without purchasing new technology. To help shops deal with this issue, the company has unveiled a new program designed to put its 3D measurement devices on customers’ shop floors without capital expense.
Line Of Measurement Solutions
The Faro gage is said to increase measurement productivity, flexibility and enhance accuracy in virtually any production environment. The FaroArm and Laser ScanArm improve production, quality and reverse engineering processes by rapidly and accurately verifying or scanning parts, the company says. The Laser Tracker helps build products, optimize processes and deliver solutions by measuring quickly, simply and accurately, the company says.
More Than Big Machines
This shop specializes in very large components such as rotor hubs and support bases for wind turbines. Its lineup of large horizontal boring mills can handle parts weighing 40,000 pounds and 12 feet on a side. However, the shop’s success also lies in other manufacturing resources and strategies. These include material handling equipment, customized tooling, special fixtures and wireless, portable measuring systems.
Increased Accuracy And Portability For Measuring Arms
Multi-axis, computer-aided measuring arms offer accuracy comparable to a CMM in a portable design. A new version of such an arm is said to be the first 8-foot measuring arm that can achieve an accuracy of 0.0007 inch.