Case Study

Manufacturer Reduces First Article Inspection Time by 98%

Manufacturer Reduces First Article Inspection Time

Over a decade ago, a maker of large diesel engines, now a part of one of the world’s largest diesel engine manufacturers, sought improvements in production velocity to keep pace with its growing business. To achieve this aim and to reduce first article inspection times, the diesel manufacturer purchased one of the original FARO® Gage portable measurement arms.

The project required a changeover from a 12-cylinder block to a 16-cylinder block. During that transition, it was necessary for the first blocks produced to have full-machined audits before the production of additional blocks was initiated. In the past, this process involved removing the block from the machine and transporting it to an inspection facility. The process of first article inspection can take up to a shift to complete as the room must be cleared of previous blocks having undergone inspection, and recalibrated to accommodate the new block.

This is where the FARO Gage delivered unprecedented performance, speed and accuracy as it was able to determine if the 16-cylinder block machine settings had been correctly adjusted from those required for the 12-cylinder block.

With success like this FARO went back to the well of innovation and launched a new Gage that’s even better than its predecessor with features that include:

  • More accurate with ISO 10360-12 accuracy certification
  • Smart Probes allow faster inspection work thanks to autorecognition without recalibration after probe changes
  • 25% longer reach while being 10% lighter
  • WiFi and Bluetooth options
  • Works with all FaroArm-compatible software


Case Study
Quality Control & Inspection
Metalworking, Machining & Assembly
Portable Measurement Arms
Quality Control & Inspection (BP)

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