Faro/ Control Augmented reality meets global and flexible production needs
At Control, Faro, manufacturer and developer of leading-edge solutions for high-precision 3D measurement, imaging and realisation technology, will present the company's Visual Inspect AR, which is also attractive for automotive applications.
Visual Inspect AR, Faro says, offers ready-to-use augmented reality for effective use in practice, and includes various additional functions.
Suppliers often provide polystyrene models for castings, rough and milled castings, which are assembled when these are received by the OEM or machine tool builder. Inspections on receipt and before shipping are usually based on drawings or simple checklists made specifically for this purpose, meaning more costs are incurred.
According to Faro, Visual Inspect AR superimposes a video image precisely over a CAD model so that the component is directly compared with the design data and deviations are immediately visible. The deviations are then documented directly in the programme with photographs or videos as evidence and the resulting documentation or error reports can be linked directly to the corresponding geometry. After inspection, reports can be exported, at the click of a button, as a document or sent directly to the corresponding PLM or PDM system. Post-processing of inspection results, for example, through manual input in these systems or through time-consuming Power-Point presentations, is thus no longer required. An alternative is checks being carried out using checklists or with step-by-step instructions to ensure more certainty.
No other media required for the inspection process
The device provides inspection access to all information as well as to the geometry, including metadata, ISO standards, master data etc., which also means no other media is required for the inspection process, Faro notes. This way, inspection of received goods is faster and simpler.
The same applies to brief inspections after a component has been machined. When creating a CAM programme, missed features such as holes or slots can be identified within minutes using the design data. This eliminates re-clamping and the setting-up of the machined part, which can also save hours.
This technology also offers new possibilities for avoiding errors when assembling components, the company adds. Parts are identified, their mounting position determined and components checked during the assembly process. As such, no time is wasted on creating 2D documents for the workshop nor running to fixed terminals.
During maintenance work, the technician can quickly and flexibly access all documents at the site and quickly find the installation location with the help of the AR overlay. As all additional information is directly linked to the 3D geometry, this data is immediately accessible by simply tapping the location on the video image, which then displays the required parameters.
Today, designs are normally done in 3D, which eliminates the need for 2D drawings for production, thus saving costs. The mobility of the system enables the need for fewer systems and fewer software licenses as well. An additional advantage of Visual Inspect AR is that fast, interim checks are now possible anywhere and at any time.
Visual Inspect AR meets global and flexible production needs and helps companies make processes more flexible, faster and safer, while saving costs.
At Control, Faro will be in Hall 3, Booths 3402 and 3404.