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Faro launches new automated inspection system

Faro, which specializes in 3D measurement and imaging solutions for factory metrology and 3D machine vision, has launched the Faro OneClick system exclusively to members of the Faro Early Adopter Program.

The early adopter program provides its members access to new innovative, solutions before they become broadly available.

OneClick will be exclusively showcased at the International Manufacturing Technology Show occurring September 10-15 in Chicago, Illinois at the McCormick Place Convention Center in the Faro booth located in the east building, level 3 – quality assurance – booth # 135825. 

OneClick offers fast, fully automated, high accuracy point cloud inspection of small and medium-sized parts.

It is specifically designed to be a more efficient and a more resource, space and cost-effective alternative to comparable, hard probe and non-contact Coordinate Measurement Machines.

OneClick includes fully automated programming, AI-driven automation, minimal fixturing, automatic reporting and minimal training to ensure a repeatable, consistent measurement process that is operator independent.

The compact OneClick system includes three harmonized components:

  • A metrology grade non-contact scanner that captures millions of high-resolution 3D coordinate measurements in seconds. The device includes an onboard processor (an industry-first feature unique to Faro) and is mounted on a flexible mechanical arm that enables the scanner to “sweep” a part to maximize coverage during the scanning process
  • A rotating, highly adaptive fixturing table that enables a part to be mounted and rotated in concert with the positioning arm to capture comprehensive part data
  • Fully integrated, intuitive software specifically designed to optimize the OneClick user experience
  • Fully Automated Inspection Programming

With the Learn Mode, OneClick enables users to set up a repeatable inspection routine with no manual intervention. In this process, the software automatically moves through a series of critical steps:

  1. The model CAD file is first imported into the software on a computer and a “golden” scan is taken
  2. A representative part is mounted on the rotating table and scanned
  3. The CAD model and initial scan data is used to determine how the part should be optimally scanned and measured going forward
  4. The output for standard inspection reports are defined by the parameters identified by the Geometric Dimension and Tolerance information embedded in the CAD file

Once the automated programming routine has been completed, subsequent parts and assemblies can be measured and automatically reported on with just a single keystroke (click) on the computer.

As a result, the training process is significantly reduced as skilled personnel are no longer required to drive the process and users have the exceptional degree of confidence that the results are the same every time, regardless of who the specific operator might be.

Flexibility on the floor

With its small footprint relative to a comparable capacity CMM, OneClick is transportable and easily moved throughout the facilities or to/through a supplier’s facility, wherever inspection is needed.

Also, users are able to leverage fast, high-quality inspection capability in just a small area on a table or benchtop.

Dr Simon Raab, Faro president and CEO, says: “With Faro OneClick, we have directly addressed another series of pain points that the industry has articulated since the invention of the 3-axis CMM.

“Specifically, the difficult and complex part programming requiring a highly trained quality inspector, sensitive expensive fixturing and complex probing all have combined to create a bottleneck in the inspection process.

“OneClick directly accelerates the end-to-end inspection process under a variety of circumstances through automated intelligence, high throughput inspection and subsequently expands the breadth of the personnel who can drive quality in manufacturing.”