FARO Launches Latest 3D portable CMM
Ideal for small and medium-sized businesses, the FARO Gage boasts unmatched affordability, speed, performance and accuracy
FARO Technologies, Inc, the global leader for 3D measurement, imaging and realisation solutions for 3D Metrology, AEC, and Public Safety Analytics, has announced the release of 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 minimises clutter, replacing traditional hand tools such as calipers, micrometres, 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,” says 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 minimised.”
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 as 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,” adds Michael Carris. “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, the 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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FARO launches European “Quest to find the Oldest Working FaroArm”
FARO, the world’s trusted source for 3D measurement and imaging solutions for 3D manufacturing, is launching a new European quest to find the oldest working FaroArm®.
FARO introduced its first device with hinged arm measurement technology approximately 35 years ago, while the first articulating measurement FaroArm intended for the industrial market dates back to the early-1990’s.
In addition to accuracy and ease-of-use, FARO’s 3D measurement technology is renowned for its reliability, robustness and durability. These characteristics have ensured that many of the company’s early FaroArms remain in regular use throughout Europe.
To celebrate the FaroArm’s famed reliability and longevity, FARO is searching for the oldest model that remains in use throughout Europe. When found, the owner will be able to swap their old model for the current and most advanced 8-Axis Faro ScanArm System with CAM2 software, completely free of charge.
To participate in the ‘Quest’, customers will need to register on FARO’s dedicated web page (https://oldest-working-faroarm.faro-europe.com/). Details required include the customers’ contact details, an image of their FaroArm in its working environment and its serial number. The winner of the prize will be announced at the FARO booth during the Control Exhibition, taking place in Stuttgart in May 2020.
The ‘Quest’, that starts on the 22nd January 2020 and finish on the 15th April 2020, is open to all European FARO customers who have purchased their FaroArm from a FARO representative or one of FARO’s official partners or distributors.
“We are excited to receive pictures of our oldest FaroArm models and discover and learn how they are still helping our customers master their most challenging metrology tasks until this day,” states Thorsten Brecht, senior director 3D Manufacturing at FARO Europe.
True north for metrology solutions
Following the great success of last year’s event, FARO, Optimax, Bruker Alicona, Aberlink, Heidenhain, Manchester Metrology and the NPL have joined together to stage an even larger Northern Metrology networking event. Given the positive reaction of last year’s event visitors, once again the venue will be the home of Manchester City FC, the spectacular Etihad Stadium.
Given the increasing complexity and challenging precision standards of today’s components, the importance of accurate measurement has never been greater. The global metrology industry continuously responds to the rising demands for ever more accurate and easier to use products. By harnessing advanced technologies, the industry’s prolific R&D departments regularly develops and launches advanced new metrology instruments and software, in addition to providing effective new measuring services.
The forthcoming Northern Metrology networking provides visitors with the ideal opportunity to witness practical demonstrations of many of the metrology industry’s latest innovations and to discuss their specific measurement problems with industry experts. Due to the diverse range of products being demonstrated at last year’s event, many attendees were able to find cost-effective answers to their most vexing measuring problems.
Throughout the day there will be featured presentations identifying key metrology news and solutions for your industry. If feasible, attendees are encouraged to bring parts along so that they can be scanned and measured on the day. Visitors are also able to take advantage of free Manchester City stadium tours (spaces are limited, therefore please register interest upon registration).
Where: Etihad Stadium, Manchester City Football Club
When: 18th September 2019
Register here for FREE: https://measure-anything.faro-europe.com