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A solution to toughest inspection challenge – 3D inspection in the metal industry in the MENA-region

A solution to toughest inspection challenge – 3D inspection in the metal industry in the MENA-region

A solution to toughest inspection challenge – 3D inspection in the metal industry in the MENA-region

“Middle East construction boom will continue being one of the major driving forces behind the regional steel sector’s growth in the coming years.”

Saif Al Midaf Director General, Expo Center Sharjah

There is a solution for your toughest inspection challenge. FARO’s portable 3D measurement systems offer a solution for almost every inspection challenge in the metal industry.

Today, approximately 10,000 customers worldwide with more than 20,000 installations have put their trust in FARO measurement systems. They can be found in the production and quality assurance processes of leading companies such as ABB, Airbus, Audi, Boeing, BMW, British Aerospace, Daimler, Ford, Goodyear Dunlop, Hewlett Packard, Honda, Johnson Controls, MAN, Miele, Porsche, Siemens, SKF, and Volkswagen. Most of the companies mentioned above, or at least their suppliers, have opened facilities and offshore offices in the Middle East region for many reasons: firstly because of the energy and low-cost of manpower; secondly because of the good infrastructure especially in UAE and Qatar, where a huge improvement in the infrastructure conditions happened in the last couple of years. The improvement in the infrastructure means: new runways, expansion of airports and harbours, and in some countries new railways or metro like the one recently opened in Dubai. All that infrastructure improvements mentioned above utilise steel and metal construction. If we look to the modern architecture in the MENA-region we find steel glass building are increasing especially in the >>gulf region, the most impressive one is Burj Khalifa, which is the highest building worldwide
with 824 m.

3D inspection
The portable coordinate measuring devices from FARO, together with their industry-specific
software solutions, allow high-precision 3D measurements, 3D comparisons and inspection
of parts and complex systems directly within assembly and production processes in the
metalworking industry. FARO reinvented measuring: instead of carrying parts to the measuring machine FARO’s systems can be deployed just where the most accurate measurements are
necessary. They are used for inspecting components and component assemblies, production planning and inventory documentation. FARO’s products perform 3D inspections of parts and assemblies to eliminate costly manufacturing errors, dramatically reduce on-site measuring time and increase productivity and profitability. FARO offers a comprehensive range of portable measurement solutions, from 0.00018” accuracy to 230 ft. range. One of the most important
topics in the steel and metal industry is inspection and verification of parts according to dimensional tolerances. Inspection of parts and providing a measurement report is an essential part of today’s lean manufacturing world. Quality standards are higher than ever reducing production waste and costs as well as non-conformance which can lead to production down time. The main advantage of using laser scanning technology is the timesaving, many thousands of points are captured every second meaning that parts can be rapidly reverse engineered and reproduced virtually. International customers who use FARO devices for inspection purposes state that the data capture is far faster using laser scanning technology compared to conventional documentation techniques. Also working with the actual data captured from the environment allows planners to incorporate deviations from original design plans in their rework of facilities, reducing the risk of clashes occurring during the installation of new features. This can significantly reduce project turnaround time leading to big savings.
Especially the metalworking industry which faces the challenge to measure and inspect
huge parts in 3D. Being able to do this with FARO’s portable measuring devices on site gives
the benefit of not having to move the part to an inspection tool. This saves both time and
transportation cost.

Construction boom
Saif Al Midaf, General Director of the Expo Center Sharjah, claims that the Middle East construction boom will continue being one of the major driving forces behind the regional steel
sector’s growth in the coming years. The demand in the region increased from 70 million tons in 2007 to around 90 million tons in 2010, according to industry sources. On daily basis FARO receive requests from this region for 3D measurement devices from different sectors but mainly from steel- and metal- as well as construction industry. Currently FARO has approximately 100
measuring devices in the Middle East and North Africa supporting the toughest and most complicated projects. FARO’s measurement systems in this market were either ordered directly at FARO or through FARO’s distributors in the region in e.g. Egypt, Israel, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia & Algeria.

About FARO
FARO develops and markets computer-aided coordinate measurement systems and measurement software worldwide. The portable measurement equipment from FARO
permits high precision 3D measurements and 3D comparisons of parts and complete
systems within production and quality assurance processes. They are used for inspecting components and component assemblies, production planning, and inventory documentation. Today, approximately 9,500 customers worldwide with more than 20,000 installations have put
their trust in the FARO systems.

4 good reasons

With a very high measuring precision the FARO Laser Tracker is the most precise tracker measurement system on the market.

Xtreme ADM: The laser beam can be “intercepted” again in the air at any time so that measuring can be continued without delay. This is very helpful, especially in barely accessible areas.

Instant-on: The laser tracker doesn’t require a warm-up phase.

Smart Warm-up: The broad range of working temperatures combined with temperature compensation to enable operation in almost any environment.

SelfComp: Automated compensation (re-adjustment of encoder) guarantees that the system measures with maximum precision even under difficult conditions.

FARO Laser-Tracker

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