Discover the webinar series of FARO & Autodesk about Inspection for the Smart Factory. These sessions are held by our FARO & Autodesk experts.

Part 2: Incorporating Scanning Technology and Robotics

Measurement is the first building block of engineering. Without validation, there can be no certified components and therefore – for many high accuracy industries – no final products.

As factories get more connected and “smarter”, metrology is playing an essential role in speeding up operations without losing the accuracy and rigour that many final products are required to apply.

This 2nd webinar of a series of four in total assesses the status quo of best practice factory metrology, the types of scanning technology and benefits of robot flexibility, and how measurement needs to transform to enable truly smart, digital factory operations.

Discover the webinar series of FARO & Autodesk about Inspection for the Smart Factory. These sessions are held by our FARO & Autodesk experts.

Part 1: Additive Manufacturing

During this webinar all the constraints and solutions of smart metrology for additive manufacturing in the future factory are discussed.

As manufacturing becomes more responsive and connected, customizable, more flexible and in-process metrology techniques for machined, molded, cast and additively manufactured (AM) parts will become more important.

Discover the new series of White Papers from FARO & Autodesk about “Inspection for the Smart Factory”.


This white paper by FARO and Autodesk examines all the constraints and solutions of smart metrology for additive manufacturing in the future factory.

The importance of metrology – the science of measurement – to manufacturing industry is largely underestimated, except by engineers.
Sir Joseph Whitworth, the 19th Century inventor of early measurement standards, said “You can only make something well if you can measure it.

Incorporating Scanning Technology and Robotics 

The second white paper covers Incorporating Scanning Technology and Robotics.

Future smart factories will aim for speed, accuracy, operational flexibility, and the reduction of waste to near-zero carbon operations. “Right first time every time” fabrication of bespoke products in volume is the objective. To achieve this, factories need embedded or in-line metrology.

To deliver embedded metrology, production lines need new hardware including scanning (non-contact) metrology and robot technology.

The Future of Manufacturing and Inspection

The Future of Manufacturing & Inspection

This issue investigates the role of metrology in manufacturing and the Future of Manufacturing and Inspection, covering scanning, data acquisition, sector applications and how different countries are developing metrology best practice.

The Future of Manufacturing and Inspection

Training, Skills and Standards for the Smart Factory

Metrology is moving with digitalization. The job of a quality engineer will gradually become incorporated into the role of manufacturing engineers and managers, so that key personnel who operate plants will have fit-for-purpose metrology skills as standard.
Read more about what industry needs to do to up skill measurement professionals for the fourth industrial revolution.

FARO: bridging the real and digital worlds to build the truly smart factory

With so much talk of the “fourth industrial revolution”, are we losing sight of what an intelligent factory should do for the customer, the supplier and for society? FARO’s Denis Wohlfeld explains how smart factories should work, FARO’s unique role in achieving this, human-robot collaboration and ARENA2036.

Conquering the 100% In-Line Inspection Challengery

AUTOMATED IN-LINE INSPECTION Dynacraft received a requirement from their supplier quality group to move from regular sampling inspection to 100% inspection of the emissions assemblies. Variation Reduction Systems, Inc. (VRSI) and FARO implemented a solution consisting of a Cobalt Array Imager mounted on a robot. Inspection for each assembly is performed right on the production line. The fully-automated solution determines pass/fail status without human intervention.

Printing and certifying AM propellers signals future for large component repair and manufacture

You are the captain of a 50,000 tonne container ship on a tight schedule. The ship’s EUR100,000 bronze propeller has been damaged on ocean debris at night. Berthing at Europe’s biggest seaport, Rotterdam, you contemplate a painful mental calculation: removal of propeller underwater, courier despatch to original manufacturer for repair, propeller repair work, plus shipping spare propeller to Rotterdam from Seattle. Then add the dead-time cost of ship docked in port, redundant, for 20 days or more. Should you phone the shipping agent now?

But fear not, because RAMLAB is here. The Rotterdam Additive Manufacturing Laboratory will, literally, print you a new propeller.

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