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FARO new technology days

November 6th, 2018 2:03 pm | by Rob

FARO has announced the locations and dates for its latest technology days and they are as follows:

Dublin, 8th November 2018
Belfast, 9th November 2018
Southampton, 13th November 2018
Huddersfield, 15th November 2018

FARO R&D teams have been hard at work producing a range of innovative new factory metrology solutions and both existing and prospective customers now have the unique opportunity to witness demonstrations of new, state-of-the art 3D measurement and laser projection technologies at a series of technology days. These informative roadshows will allow FARO’s experts to explain how quality assurance, manufacturing and production processes can be optimised with the help of the company’s advanced new technologies.

Seamlessly integrating a FaroArm® with an eighth-axis, the new FARO 8-Axis FaroArm system will be put through its paces, showing the speed and ergonomics it can offer within a manufacturing environment. The eighth axis is a fully rotational axis that is seamlessly integrated into the portable Quantum FaroArm offering a comprehensive, contact/non-contact metrology solution, which allows users to significantly speed up and simplify their measurement and scanning activities.

The new FARO PrizmTM Laser Line Probe (LLP), that is designed to operate as a compact, tightly integrated solution with the FaroArm, will also be demonstrated. This is the first LLP available in the market that includes the ability to scan in high-resolution and 3D colour.
The latest additions to the FARO Factory Metrology measurement portfolio, the FARO VantageS6 and VantageE6 Laser Trackers, are large-scale, high-accuracy measurement solutions that deliver 6 Degrees of Freedom (6DoF) measurement capabilities via the optional 6Probe, which enables access to hidden areas and small features will also be present.

Also new to the FARO Factory Metrology solutions product family is the TracerSI Laser Projector. Experts will illustrate how the Tracer has the ability to guide an assembly process sequence, accurately locate and orient components, and perform in-process verification, thus increasing manufacturing efficiencies.

FARO staff will be presenting FARO Visual InspectTM, an easy-to-use iPad verification solution for streamlining manufacturing processes. It allows intuitive viewing of complex 3D data of parts / assemblies and Quick-Check Comparison. Visual Inspect AR adds innovative Augmented Reality to the base package.

The company’s new technology days will give customers the opportunity to discover, compare and test all of the latest FARO solutions. Attendees are invited to bring their own parts and related CAD files to the demonstration sessions so that FARO experts are able to prove the new technologies’ advanced measurement and analysis capabilities.

Find the nearest technology day located to you:

FARO Technologies UK Ltd
Tel: 02476 217690

Mantis inspection equipment ensures quality for handmade shoe manufacturer

January 11th, 2018 3:31 pm | by Rob

The Cheaney Shoe brand represents the finest British craftsmanship, producing premium footwear handcrafted from start to finish in the original 1886 Northampton factory. From cutting the leather to stitching and final polishing, the entire process is conducted using the same methods developed by Cheaney from the very beginning. Cheaney has a highly skilled and experienced workforce and retains a strong reputation as one of the top English shoemakers chosen by discerning buyers across the world.

The first stage of the manufacturing process of the shoes is the cutting out, ‘clicking’, of the quality leather. Cheaney works with the best tanneries in Europe to secure the finest leather for its shoes, but as a natural material even the finest leather can have wire and vein marks that need to be picked up early in the manufacturing process to avoid having rejects later in the process.

In the past this was performed with the human eye, but they have now invested in equipment to enhance the human eye inspection with a Mantis Compact microscope to ensure that they can pick up these faults as soon as the leather has been cut out. Lesley Tartaglia, clicking room examiner, inspects thousands of sections per week to ensure that they are of the highest quality as they continue the 8-week process and 200 hand or hand tooled operations involved in making a pair of Cheaney shoes.

The Mantis Compact is bench mounted and allows Lesley Tartaglia to inspect the individual pieces of leather with a comfortable viewing position. The ergonomic design allows the user to wear glasses and have freedom of head movement, reduced eye fatigue, a long working distance and most importantly allows better hand to eye coordination which is crucial when inspecting large volumes of sections each week.

Cheaney Shoes purchased the Mantis Compact from Optimax Imaging Inspection and Measurement and found it invaluable to be able to bring samples of the leather to its showroom in the Midlands. This allowed them to try a number of different solutions to see which would work best for the application. Optimax always takes the time to understand each customers application so it can offer the best solutions available to them and UKAS accreditation ensures the highest possible quality and accuracy.

Alex Bateman, factory manager at Cheaney Shoes, concludes: ‘’We have already seen a return on our investment. We were hoping that the Mantis Compact would pay for itself by reducing the number of rejects within a year when we first purchased the equipment, but we are currently seeing a vast improvement of 25 percent of rejects that are now being picked up at this crucial first stage. It is now a key piece of kit in the clicking room to ensure that we continue to manufacture shoes to the highest quality standards that people expect when they purchase a Cheaney shoe.’’

Optimax Imaging Inspection & Measurement Ltd
Tel: 01858 436940