Acquisition accelerates the adoption of digital twin technology
FARO Technologies Inc, a global leader for 3D measurement, imaging and realisation solutions for 3D Metrology, AEC (Architecture, Engineering & Construction), and Public Safety Analytics, today announced that the Company has acquired Advanced Technical Solutions in Scandinavia AB (“ATS”), a Swedish-based leader in 3D digital twin solution technology.
Founded in 1990, ATS has had particular success in the automotive space, where the firm has agreements in place with several well-known global automotive manufacturers. The acquisition will integrate ATS software and proprietary Traceable 3D system, which enables highly accurate and repeatable 3D scans, into the FARO Webshare Cloud platform. ATS’ system connects the physical to the digital world and is expected to bolster FARO’s ability to improve customers’ time to decision with 10x faster 3D imaging at up to 1mm accuracy.
“We believe this acquisition enables FARO with differentiated accuracy and speed, which we believe will accelerate the adoption of digital twin technology. High accuracy 3D digital twin simulations allow capital intensive industries such as automotive and aerospace to meaningfully reduce their time to market and cost,” says Michael Burger, FARO president & CEO. “I welcome the ATS team into FARO and believe they will help accelerate our strategic objective of increasing Cloud-based subscription offerings in this sizable market.”
ATS CEO Göran L. Bergqvist comments: “The ATS team is thrilled to join a 40-year global leader like FARO. FARO’s technology and market presence provides the spring-board to the market adoption of Traceable 3D.” As the co-founder of ATS, he will continue to lead the ATS operation. The ATS Swedish facility will also act as a Nordic sales and service center for FARO.
FARO Technologies, Inc.
Tel: 001 407 333 9911
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
Weighing up new options
The new Avery Weigh-Tronix Calibration Select Laboratory in Birmingham
Avery Weigh-Tronix offers 5-day turnaround on metrology equipment calibrations with the opening of new Calibration Select Laboratory in Birmingham
Avery Weigh-Tronix, one of the UK’s leading metrology calibration providers, has opened a dedicated calibration laboratory to offer a 5-day turnaround on the calibration of torque, pressure, temperature and electrical equipment and mass weights.
The Calibration Select Laboratory, located at the company’s Soho Foundry site in Birmingham, features state-of-the-art testing equipment, supported by experienced laboratory technicians and a bespoke, online system which provides direct access to calibration certificates and asset details, simplifying the customer experience.
Research shows the average length of time for metrology calibrations take in the UK is between 7-15 days. Often this leads to businesses paying a premium to have items calibrated on site due to time constraints, or by duplicating the number of items needed for a process to use in rotation, while others are sent offsite for calibration. Recent changes to the ISO standards for calibrating torque tools will make the process of equipment calibration very difficult to achieve when working onsite at customer premises or in a mobile laboratory.
Calibration Select reduces equipment downtime by guaranteeing items are collected, calibrated and returned within 5 days. The expedited turnaround time is made possible thanks to a unique technician collection service, carried out by a network of over 120 Avery Weigh-Tronix service technicians across the UK. The central location of the Calibration Select Laboratory in Birmingham provides easy access to major UK road networks.
Andrew Fox, business & service delivery manager at Avery Weigh-Tronix comments: “Based on our customer’s requirements for a single service provider for all types of metrology calibrations, we’ve expanded our offering to benefit our customers while developing a unique service model that has not been seen in the market place before. This enables us to deliver a guaranteed 5-day turnaround and provide our customers with the peace of mind that their equipment will fully conform with quality standards.”
To find out more, visit www.calibrationselect.co.uk
Avery Weigh-Tronix is one of the world’s leading suppliers of weighing solutions and service. With more than 250 years of combined experience, the company draws on the latest research and technology from around the globe to design, manufacture, install and service a range of high quality, industry-leading weighing systems and metrology equipment.
Tel: 0121 568 1670
Key appointment at leading UK measurement specialist
Measurement Solutions, the UK partner for Creaform 3D portable metrology and Metrologic Group inspection software, has announced the appointment of Andrew Tagg as its new business development director.
Following the recent news that the business is undergoing re-structuring to better meet the needs of the industrial measurement market, Andrew Tagg has been appointed to take responsibility for business development and strategic growth of Measurement Solutions in the coming years. With over 10 years sales experience within the portable metrology and 3D scanning sectors, Andrew will provide the company with an injection of business and sales experience.
Starting his career as a design engineer, he soon moved to FARO Technologies and quickly developed through the ranks to regional sales manager, establishing the UK salesforce as easily the leading supplier of portable measuring arms. After 10 years of developing sales in the UK, he was also given responsibility for sales in several European territories, including Scandinavia, Benelux and the Spanish market. In 2015, following a re-structuring of the FARO business into vertical market sectors, Andrew was promoted to sales director EMEA for 3D Documentation Technologies, including scanning applications such as architecture, cultural heritage, mining and accident & crime scenes. At the end of 2016, his success was rewarded with promotion to global sales director for Faro’s Product Design sector, managing worldwide sales of scanning technologies for reverse engineering, product design and CADCAM modelling.
AndrewTagg has been well known throughout the UK metrology sector for many years and is respected by both his work colleagues and competitors alike. A focused individual who takes great pride in team-leading and achieving performance objectives, ultimately resulting in rapid sales growth, he brings with him a strong reputation for recruiting and mentoring young, energetic sales teams, which will certainly benefit the recent re-structuring of the Measurement Solutions business.
Iain Caville, managing director and founder of the company is excited by this new appointment: “Having Andy on board sends a strong message out to the market and also to our current and future technology partners, such as Creaform and Metrologic Group, that Measurement Solutions means business. I have admired Andy’s work ethic and desire to succeed for many years and I can’t describe how pleased and eager I am to have him as part of my team. I have been working on future growth plans for the company for several months and Andy is a key strategic decision that will now enable this to happen.”
Andy Tagg will work alongside Jason Bridge and David Harper, who have been key members of the Measurement Solutions team for over 10 years, creating a formidable management team to take the business forwards in the coming years.
Blum measures up to a record year in the UK
Industry’s search for greater accuracy and real-time data has helped an East Staffordshire measurement specialist secure a record-breaking year.
Blum-Novotest, which works across the automotive, aerospace, medical and machine tool sectors, has seen sales pass the £500,000 mark for the first time since the UK subsidiary was launched in 2000.
The target this year is for another 20 percent growth, with the company set to build on the early success of its DIGILOG touch probe systems by officially launching LC50 – its latest laser control technology.
This new innovation has been described as the world’s most advanced laser measuring system and will deliver up to a 60 percent reduction in the time taken to check and measure parts within a CNC machine.
“2017 was a fantastic year for our UK business and we wanted to build on this by sending out a strong message at Southern Manufacturing & Electronics,” explains David Mold, managing director of Blum-Novotest Ltd.
“We are finding that a lot of our customers are increasingly looking to source measurement solutions that are quick, can perform on complex components and, importantly, can be fitted to the inside of a machine tool for real time data and the best possible accuracy.
“This is exactly what we do with our range of products that start from a simple tool setting probe and go right through to workpiece probes, roughness and bore gauges and the new DIGILOG touch probes that are proving extremely popular.
Blum-Novotest is one of the global leaders in production metrology, employing 534 people and turning over £77m across its 16 subsidiaries.
The UK operation was started in 2000 by David Mold in a small office in Lichfield. As the firm’s reputation grew in aerospace and automotive, sales started to increase rapidly and a move to bespoke offices and a state-of-the-art demonstration room in Burton-upon-Trent followed in 2015.
Today, the company delivers its solutions to some of the world’s largest aerospace primes, car manufacturers and a host of CNC machine tool suppliers, including the Engineering Technology Group, Whitehouse Machine Tools and Yeovil Machine Tools.
“Our parent company is very supportive and views the UK as a crucial part of its growth strategy and, as such, we have great access to its R&D and production facilities in Germany,” continues David Mold.
“This means we can bring the world’s best measurement technology into this country and ensure our clients are producing complex parts to the required accuracy at the first time of asking.”
Blum-Novotest Limited currently employs an office manager, two installation engineers and have recently taken on a new apprentice and sales professional to help cope with the expansion.