FARO Disrupts In-Process Guided Assembly and Verification with the Introduction of a New Class of LIDAR with High Speed Imaging (HSI) Technology

by | Sep 30, 2016

LAKE MARY, Fla. – FARO® (NASDAQ: FARO), the world’s most trusted source for 3D measurement and imaging solutions for factory metrology, product design, construction BIM/CIM, public safety forensics and 3D solutions and services applications, announces the launch of the FARO VectorRI Imaging Laser Radar, an ultra-high speed, large-volume, non-contact 3D measurement solution with high-resolution 3D imaging and projection guidance for manual and automated manufacturing processes.

This product introduces a new class of LIDAR with High Speed Imaging (HSI) technology.  HSI combines ultra-high speed 3D scanning and ranging with high-resolution 3D imaging and projection.  The solution is a groundbreaking advancement in large-volume, non-contact metrology and guidance “ and promises to provide industrial manufacturers with significant inspection cycle time reduction and exceptional throughput, stated Dr. Simon Raab, FARO's President and CEO.  The FARO VectorRI is the world's first and only LIDAR with HSI technology delivering performance improvements over traditional LIDAR solutions, with high speed distance measurement, high speed beam steering, image-contrast functionality and projection guidance capabilities.  As such, the FARO VectorRI provides our customers with a powerful solution for automated laser projection guidance, high-resolution imaging and 3D measurement at less than half the cost of conventional LIDAR systems.

The FARO VectorRI utilizes this fast and accurate LIDAR HSI technology to deliver a continuous stream of high-resolution surface data with scanning speed that is thousands of times faster than any currently-available technology.  This industry-leading speed is enabled by the use of advanced galvo-mirror beam steering as opposed to the conventional gimbal arrangement deployed by other solutions.  Not only does the solution provide unmatched speed, the FARO VectorRI has proprietary 3D imaging capabilities to provide qualitative and quantitative inspection data.  This large-volume, high-definition 3D imaging and recognition functionality allows the FARO VectorRI to detect features within the scan, improving the ability to measure and inspect corners, fasteners, tooling balls and hole centers as well as fitting 3D shapes over very large areas.  Additionally, high-resolution scanning, capable of composing an image of 400 million pixels, provides high-resolution zoom capabilities on critical features.

Dr. Raab added, The advanced 3D imaging capabilities of the FARO VectorRI are unrivaled in the market today.  Extreme resolution and very dense point spacing allow the system to scan massive areas without sacrificing fine details that would be missed by any other device.  Moreover, the FARO VectorRI is equipped with image-contrasting functionality that allows the system to easily define features and edges, and is even powerful enough to detect the angle of each layer or ply of carbon fiber during the layup process for composite part manufacturing.

Engineered to streamline measurement workflows, the FARO VectorRI has built-in functionality that allows users to easily program fully-robotic, automated measurement routines that can run without any operator interaction.  Until now, this degree of automation was impossible without the use of large, costly and complex robot integration.  Users can further eliminate the need for robots by installing multiple FARO VectorRI systems in a SurroundScan configuration, to be controlled from a single workstation in a shared coordinate system, creating a very large-scale, metrology-enabled area for unparalleled ability to measure parts and assemblies throughout the entire facility.

Additionally, the FARO VectorRI has full-featured 3D laser projection and In-Process Verification (IPV) capabilities, providing the ability to accurately project a laser outline of parts, artifacts or areas of interest onto any surface or object.  A 3D CAD model is used to provide a virtual template which operators and assemblers use to quickly and accurately position components with absolute confidence. Step-by-step assembly and guidance instructions are projected directly onto the work surface.  Then, using IPV technology, the FARO VectorRI scans any placed components to ensure complete conformance and precise placement.  For enhanced operator efficiency, patented topographical (TOPO) software creates a visualization of errors in the form of a topographical projection onto the part or assembly being inspected for quick and easy decision-making.  This robust functionality completely eliminates the need for physical templates or hard tooling and streamlines the production and quality control processes.

The FARO VectorRI Imaging Laser Radar is a game-changing solution for large-volume surface inspection and measurement of parts, assemblies and tools, in-process guidance and verification, fully-automated in-line inspection or any application requiring high-resolution scan data.

Currently, the FARO VectorRI is only available to the FARO Early Adopter (EA) community.  FARO’s EA Program provides leading edge products to qualified customers for limited product introductions. Sign up for the FARO EA Program at:  http://www.faro.com/early_adopter/ for more information on how to experience this new solution yourself.


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