Automotive A Saudi Arabian truck manufacturer uses a FARO ScanArm
to reverse engineer imported truck parts; redesign, restyle, improve and prototype for local manufacture.
There are many benefits of goods made in China, but nothing beats a local look and feel and supporting your own local manufacturing industry. That thought led Refuse Equipment Manufacturing company (REM) of Saudi Arabia to begin a joint truck localization project with the National Program for Automotive
Technology based at the King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST).
Mohammad Al Hussaini, program director at KACST explains, "To improve the Chinese built truck for our regional market, we were asked to identify suitable parts that could be readily reverse engineered
, re-styled and then manufactured in plastic. We indentified the front grill and logo, front bumper and the tail lamp assembly". The detailed scanning of the selected parts and the “body-in-white” were made using the FARO Edge ScanArm and Photon 80. "With the precise and detailed scan data we collected, we were able to design new parts that fit precisely and perfectly match the curvature of the truck panels." said Mohammed. Prior to using the ScanArm, his team made measurements with patterns, templates and vernier caliper or had the work done elsewhere.
"Using the FARO workflow, we now have scale functional prototypes that fit to the imported chassis with 100% accuracy; and the same CAD model is being used for the development of the manufacturing moulds for mass production of the parts”.
While some of the changes were cosmetic to give the trucks an identifiable Saudi Arabian and distinctive REM styling, there were also opportunities and requirements for technical development. The front bumper is now injection moulded plastic with a re-enforcement bar making it stronger and more effective in use. The original tail-light assembly consisted of thirteen main parts for each side of the vehicle. The redesign not only reduced this to four parts but these now apply to both sides of the truck. KACST consider their design simply looks and works better. It will be easier to assemble, and easier for the end user to maintain.
“The brand name, and the reputation for the latest precision technology led us to FARO, but the scanners we found were indeed those that best suited our requirements. They are easy to use, and scanning with the 7-axis DOF gives us ready access to detail from intricate locations. And with additional FARO accessories we will have even greater flexibility in future use."