The Fablink Group is a privately-owned company specializing in the manufacture of cabs, pressings, and assemblies to a number of global OEMs. To help inspection staff at the company’s Brixworth Technical Centre keep pace with rising production levels, and to improve the company’s measurement capabilities, Fablink researched measuring tools that had both tactile probing and scanning capabilities, as well as offering the generous measuring capacities required to cover such large assemblies.
After witnessing several demonstrations, an order was placed with Faro UK for a 3 m measurement range Quantum-M ScanArm fitted with a FaroBlu Laser Line Probe SD.
Fablink’s head of quality Glenn Wright explains:
“As we serve a range of challenging industries where consistent quality and competitive pricing are of paramount importance, it is vital that we remain at the cutting edge of the technologies that support our quality ethos and our continuing pursuit of efficiency improvements.
“It was these factors and an increased workload that recently prompted our search for large-capacity technology that would boost our inspection competencies and further improve efficiency levels,” he adds. “After seeing three scanning systems perform demonstrations, we came to the conclusion that the Faro Quantum-M ScanArm was both the easiest and fastest system to use. We were very impressed with its accuracy, repeatability and the standard of the useable real-time data, alongside its ability to reduce our previous scanning times by up to 75%.
“Although intended for use mainly at our Brixworth site, as the Faro solution is portable and quick to set-up, it is available for use at our other facilities. The Quantum-M has also proved invaluable for the routine inspection and calibration of jigs and fixtures.”
Ideal for companies that want to maximize manufacturing productivity, reduce scrap and waste levels and improve their production and quality control efficiencies, when launched, the Quantum FaroArm achieved an industry first by becoming the first Portable Coordinate Measuring Machine (PCMM) to meet the most rigorous ISO 10360-12:2016 standards.
Equally at home in a quality control department or on the shop-floor, the robust Quantum ScanArm is designed to deliver market-leading reliability and precision even in harsh environments. The lightweight and portable nature of the Quantum ScanArm enables it to be easily transported and set up quickly within remote areas.
Dual hot-swappable batteries and its wireless operation for scanning also help to provide unmatched reach across the manufacturing floor. The Quantum ScanArm enables plug-and-play 3D laser scanning integration with FAROBlu™ technology. The optically-superior blue laser technology has a shorter wavelength than a red laser and delivers improved scanning results with a higher resolution.
The use of an extra-wide scan stripe and fast frame rate boosts productivity by increasing coverage and reducing scanning time. FAROBlu technology makes it possible to seamlessly scan across diverse surface materials regardless of contrast, reflectivity or part complexity without any special coatings or target placement.
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(Source: Engineering Subcontractor)