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.
The latest-generation of the FaroArm is said to improve production, quality and reverse engineering processes by rapidly verifying or scanning parts with accuracy. According to the company, the arm also offers improved performance, portability and reliability.
The arm features an integrated personal measurement assistant. Stand-alone, basic measurement capability is provided via a built-in touchscreen and on-board operating system. A laptop is no longer needed to perform quick and simple dimensional checks, or to optimize system performance with on-board diagnostic routines.
Available in three working volumes and seven-axis configuration, the measurement arm is suitable for virtually any portable measurement application, eliminating the guesswork of which length is right for the job, the company says.
The arm is Bluetooth, WiFi, USB and Ethernet ready to enhance connectivity. In addition, multiple devices can be managed through networking. Improved sensors warn against excessive external loads, correct for thermal variations and detect possible setup problems. Improved weight distribution and balance reduce strain and ease use, the company says.
The Laser Line probe provides non-contact measurement capabilities. According to the company, a wider laser stripe increases scan coverage without sacrificing accuracy, while variable capture rates can produce more than 45,000 points per second. Using the Edge’s multi-function, quick-change handle port, the Laser Line probe seamlessly integrates into the arm.
Guidelines used to standardize the measuring process can provide a good basis for making gage decisions.
The uses of working gage blocks are as varied as the number of gage blocks in a large set. The working blocks have an intermediate grade and are often used in the inspection or calibration lab, but they may also be found on the shop floor.
A laser scanning system helps this shop capture the free-form surfaces on a hand-sculpted original. The resulting digitized models are the basis for CAM applications such as programming a CNC machining center.