FARO Webinar: Fast accurate and remote measurements The brand new FARO Laser Tracker Vantage

thank you for joining us for the AMS webinar with furrow my name is nicole tom the editor of automated manufacturing solutions magazine today Keith noble self support engineer for the laser tracker team in Faro UK will be introducing a brand new fire laser tracker designed to give you fast and accurate remote measurement will be demonstrating how this new piece of equipment most flexible ways complete measurement jobs faster into environments while maintaining high accuracy and move easily between job sites customers around the world are using the Faro tracker so their everyday measurement challenges as well as their most complex problems that simply weren’t previously comfortable he had been working in metrology for almost 15 years and spent over ten years at that time working with late attractive career started with coma systems in 1989 so in 1998 reduce delays attractive setting expensive tooling in 2003 he joined JCB as a quality engineers and Ferro measuring arms for joining sorry and she doesn’t fit now before I pass over to him I’d like to remind all of the attendees to drop some questions which keep the lungs during the question and answer session following his presentation these questions by typing them into the box in the lower right hand side of your screen I can also confirm that Keith would be seeking your views during the session by our poll so do keep listening and watching for your chance to give him some feedback if you happen to experience any technical issues during the session please do type these into the Q&A box our teeth will do their best to solve the example we hope you find the webinar stimulating and informative I’ll now hand you over to Keith at the beginning presentation thank you Thank You Nick and very good afternoon to everybody and welcome to this presentation on the new laser track advantage which is a fast accurate and remote measurement system so the goal of this webinar is to introduce you to the flexible way to complete your measurement jobs faster to measure in tough environments while maintaining the highest accuracy and also to be able to easily move between site to sites so before we talk about the products in specifics I’d like to give you a little bit of history about Faro so our company started in 1982 around 30 years ago by two gentlemen called Greg Fraser and Simon rad and they invented a fair alarm for measuring purposes but it was developed mainly for the medical industry back in that time around about the late 80s the the focus shifted towards the industrial markets and in 1998 they acquired a company called cats which was a software development company based in Germany so that was the first subsidiary from the American roots of pharoah back in the eighties in 2002 they acquired spatial metrics Corp or otherwise known as SM X which is now the the main bulk of our relays detracted division and a lot of the team from sm x joined fara back in the the early 2000s and are still with us even today and then in 2005 another technology was acquired from a company known as IQ pollution and that was a large volume laser scanning system which allows us to have measure large buildings and facilities for instance and today we are the world leader in computer aided measurement machines and software also so you’re never far from Farag wherever you are in the world to give you an idea there we’ve got somewhere in the region of about a thousand employees and major offices in Florida in Germany and in Singapore and we have remote support offices and sales offices based in the major countries throughout the Europe American and asia-pacific regions so on to the Faro product lines then if we start on the the top left hand side of the screen you’ll see the Faro prime arm which is a six axis measuring arm it’s the most accurate measuring articulated arm that Faro provide it comes in a range of sizes typically at one point eight five meter or 3.7 total working volume and an accuracy of 19 microns the neck you see there is the Faro edge which has a touchscreen display mounted at the base of the unit as well so it means that we can actually run their arm without the need of having a computer attached to the arm so we can run basic measurements just with the arm no laptop or anything else needed and completely running on battery as well which makes it a very portable and efficient way of going to a job to take some measurements and again three point seven meters maximum working body and the 24 micron accuracy and the next system there the

Faro fusion it’s a lower accuracy type of arm more aimed at less accurate measurements for instance fabrications and their castings if you like and up to a three point seven meter working volume again and accuracies of 36 microns we then move on to the Faro gauge which is a smaller version of the Faro arms so it’s like a little brother of the prime edge infusion if you like accuracies of 18 microns and the working volume of 1.2 meters that arm is particularly designed to replace conventional table or bench inspection equipment such as micrometers Bernier’s and hand gauges it is a 3d measuring system so it comprises all of those measurement tools all in one instrument and to the name the gauge we move on then to the laser trackers which we’ll be talking about the laser tracker ion you’ll see just to the right of the the figure in the middle of the screen is the previous generation of laser tracker that fara provided and we had accuracies of 98 microns at 10 meters with the maximum range of 110 meters and then the main focus of the year the presentation today is the laser tracker advantage which you can see in the top right again it’s the same accuracy as the laser tracker ion but significantly bigger in its measurement range capability and also significantly smaller in terms of the package itself so much smaller more portable instrument which we’ll talk about in more detail shortly and then next to that you have the Faro scanner focus which is the large volume system which we said about earlier which is acquisition from Ikea volution and this system is designed to measure for instance plant facilities car production line layouts if you like anything from sort of heritage to accident and forensic scenes as well and also up to our very large volumes of 200 plus meters so just while we’re on this slide I’d like to see work just open a quick poll question out to the audience and the question is if you are using any of the farad devices what what devices are you currently using so you should have an option on your screen there to a tick if you are using any of our equipment currently so if you can have a quick tick and then we’ll get back on with it after thanks okay thanks everybody and we also have just another question just related to the the the type of equipment that you use if if you’re not actually using any type of Faro equipment at this at this moment in your your applications or your or your facilities we were interested if you use any other type of inspection equipment as well so such as a coordinate measuring machines or any other type of portable equipment or whether you’re just using hand tools or inspection gauges or or any others as well so when you’d like to earth just answer that one as well okay thank you very much they’re all ready for the feed back there that’s much appreciated okay so we’ll we’ll move on now to see we’re talked a little bit in more detail about the laser track advantage so for those of you who might not be familiar with laser trackers the laser tracker is a 3d portable measuring device so if you if you are familiar with the likes of coordinate measuring machines a laser tracker is falls within that category but it’s actually a portable coordinate measuring machine so instead of us taking the part of the vehicle or the body to the inspection area to be measured we take the laser tracker to the part where it’s in where it’s been manufactured or where it is in situ so with an extremely portable device such as a laser tracker it means that we don’t have to worry about the costs and logistics of moving things around the factory we can just simply take our inspection equipment to the part and measure it where we make it so it works by young using two angular encoders one in the horizontal and one in the vertical axis and a distance measurement is captured using a laser and the operator will move a reflector around which is known as an SMR and the laser tracker simply tracks where you go with

the reflector and it measures the distance of the laser beam and the two angles in the head and those three bits of information can give you an X Y Zed coordinate in space which allow you then to calculate distances between features and objects or angles and and everything in between and also compare back to CAD models using the using the relevant softwares so Farah have two laser trackers mr said earlier we’ve got the Farah later track advantage which is the new one on the left-hand side of the screen and the the predecessor was the laser tracker ion so we have a significantly larger measurement range with the laser track advantage and also a much more lighter weight and more portable instrument to be able to move around from facility to facility using the advantage both systems are compatible with with our own software which is can to measure 10 which is a Faro internally developed software to learn to complement all of our hardware equally we do open our equipment outs if their party software so if we have users that might be using a different type of measurement software such as Dell cam or metrology or anything along those lines we are we have completely open architecture on our hardware meaning that we can minimize the amount of training or you know relearning or reinventing of the wheel if you like when you introduce yourselves into new measurement hardware so some of the the key benefits on the laser tracker then we have we have the the IP 52 rating which allows us to measure in very harsh conditions we can actually have you know very dusty environments or very damp and moist environments as well and we can measure jobs very easily within those environments now using no or having a have an IP rating but also as with the previous laser tracker we have the integrated weather station on the system so it always means that the tracker is constantly monitoring temperature and pressure and humidity and it optimizes itself to to compensate and cope with changes in the environment so again just there the end Justin actually on the IP rates in the year 52 is actually an IP rating breaks down into two things it’s a dust resistance and a water resistance so the five indicated in the IP 52 means that we’ve got our dust rating where small dust particles can get into the system but they won’t cause any any performance issues within the system itself and the two on the 52 relates to the water rating on the on the instrument meaning that with a category of two you can have water water falling onto the instrument from an angle of sort of vertical to fifteen degrees on so a lot lot worse conditions and what you’d want to be stuck measuring in that’s for sure in also via the operating temperature range is continued on the Vantage so we can still measure an extremely high and extremely cold temperatures from minus fifteen up to or anything up to 50 degrees C so we can also with the the Vantage we have a greater flexibility on the on the way we can approach a measurement because the unit’s smaller more portable it means that we can easily get it around and quickly set it up to get measurements captured in the minimum would causing the minimum amount of downtime or disruption to a production process and also easily move between sites using using the backpacks and the roller bags that we have available now with the advantage so you can see they’re just an illustration to give you an idea of the size of the the instrument and also its weights just weighing about twelve and a half kilos makes it an extremely portable and lightweight laser tracker but it also gives it enough rigidity as well within that weight to make sure that it’s stable to maintain high accuracy measurements whenever whatever a measurement task is being carried out so the change that we made within the laser tracker was to increase the measurement range we changed the optics system to make it an inline system so where the bit where the laser actually been delivered from is now an inline inline delivery method rather than a fiber optic which used to be in the laser tracker ion and he means that we can measure larger objects from one location meaning that we have to we don’t have to move around as much as we used to with the previous versions of laser tracker and also a new feature with the Vantage is that we have a smart fine technology on the system so the

smart find allows the user to gesture a reflector and the laser tracker will come and lock onto it so it means that we don’t have to be tracking 100% of the time whereas before if you had a interruption in the beam like somebody walking through it or an obstacle got in the way have you taken your measurements used to have to you know go back with the reflector find the beam again and navigate your way through the obstacle with smart fine technology it means that we can simply go to where we want to measure and gesture to the the Vantage track ahead and it will come and find us so it makes it much more easier and more versatile for measuring in complex and busy areas such as production lines or areas with a lot of robots and guarding and fencing around you if you like so improved efficiency if we have 45% longer range in compared to the ion laser tracker and the sort of example there of how you would gesture the laser tracker to come in there find a reflector using a smart find gesture there so the vertical like for the the tracker 130 degrees which is an improvement on the the previous laser tracker ion and they’re also its infinite rotation in its vertical axis as well as its horizontal so there’s no end stops to to find that you might track to earth to an end stop and it binds up and you have to actually walk around the opposite direction to get to where you want to measure so it makes it very easy for the operator to to measure out wherever he puts the reflect wherever he puts the laser tracker it could be mounted horizontally as well as upside down as well meaning that we can minimize the amount of disruption on the floor or minimize the footprint that’s down on the ground so we can simply mount it anywhere that we need to providing is a stable location wherever we choose the mountain so this is all of the new features within the Vantage just that a quick glance but we’re going to go into a bit more detail of them all through the next slide so we’ve already talked about the IP rating and smart finds we’ve got multi view cameras and I’ll give you some examples of what they might be used for in in automotive true atm that’s the distance measuring capability of the laser tracker integrated Wireless now so less cables for the operators to have to set up and the quick comp measurement routine which ensures that we can maintain the highest accuracies regardless of any environment conditions that we measure within so we’ve already talked about the IP rating and the smart finders we said was just a quick gesture to to be able to move the reflector just in the like a little movement in the hand and the tracker comes and finds you so it means that you can avoid having to navigate through busy and difficult areas with with the SMR constantly tracking the year multi view cameras that we have it’s a patent-pending integrated camera system which which allows us to actually bring up on our computer screen a visual of what the laser tracker can see and if we have a series of reflectors in an area for instance if we’re doing a repeatability study and we have several reflectors glued on to earth to a moving part or a part that will be moving we can then from the from the comfort and ease of sitting behind the laptop screen we can tell the tracker that there the reflectors are in the field of view that’s what we want to measure it will lock onto them take a measurement and then we move to the next one and we survey them all once and then we get the robot or the moving parts here to execute its move and then come back and we can verify whether it’s repeating or whether there’s a shift in its in its repeatability when it’s executed circum and so also the true ATM which is a patented fifth generation ADM from from Faro provides really high accuracy for the in line distance measurement so we we can maintain extremely high accuracies when when we’re talking measurements over much larger distances than than what we used to be able to achieve so we can measure up to 80 meters now radially with extremely high accuracy is using the true ADM technology the integrated a wireless LAN means that we can measure anywhere and also means that we don’t get stuck with cables having to be connected everywhere so if we have a laser tracker setup we can simply then connect our laptop to it using a wireless capability and it just means that there’s one less cable to worry about and if you are working over larger distances you can actually take your laptop with you under your arm for instance and moving away from the laser tracker you can take some measurements on our parts which is further away than what you might have been with just a cable connection and also the quick comp

capability is is it’s just a means of being able to accurately up to get the track of measuring accurately in any environment and any any environment conditions and circumstances in a very quick method it’s it’s completely an automated routine it’s just a one-button click on the on the computer and then follow a couple of prompts on the screen and the tracker then is optimized to work extremely accurately in whatever conditions it’s been set up in on the day so this is an example of the transportation now of the laser tracker for for anybody that has used laser trackers in the past you might be might be familiar with larger trolleys and cabinets and and large large sort of portable boxes or shipping cases that we used to move laser trackers around in but these days now it’s simply a backpack and I roll the wheel I can roll the suitcase and and that’s all there is to it and that’s actually income that’s got everything that you would need to do your measurements in apart from a tripod but you’ve got all of the controller units the cabling and reflectors and to link it all within that within those two bags and the ones on the right-hand side on the backpack and there on the earth floor there so this next slide just an example of the accuracies that you can achieve with the laser track advantage starting at a range of 2 meters however the laser tracker will measure up to a range of 0 so there is no drop-off at the start of the range we can measure anything right up to the laser tracker and all the way out to 80 meters and that just gives you an example of the maximum of the MPE which is the maximum permissible error so that’s the value or the accuracy that the the tracker would not exceed so any measurements that you take it let’s say let’s pick 5 meters for instance on the horizontal scale as of MPE of 64 meaning that the tracker will not exceed that accuracy when it’s when it’s taken as measurement so it will always be better than that that value at that particular distance so for the text sheets and for any further sort of detailed information that might not have covered during the year presentation you can pick up any of that information at farrakhan forward slash laser tracker and also we have some videos demonstrating the laser tracker actually in use which are available on the on the same website there farrakhan for size laser tracker or it slash videos so here we just have some example there sort of setup images just to show you how it would look when it’s setup an extremely small footprint that it actually takes on on a shop floor it’s only about a meter in diameter that it actually would rotate so it’s not a big hefty CMM or anything that takes up a lot of footprints an extremely a an intrusive way of taking measurements wherever you wherever you need to take them so with the with the tracker we will with any type of track we have to have laser tracker targets as well these are known as SMRs or spherically mounted retroreflectors pharoah provide these in three different sizes and in three different models as well as base models so we have the standard accuracy reflectors which are a black ring or what we would call the black ring reflectors our long-range ones which have a green ring on them and our high-performance reflectors which have a blue ring on them so the difference being the standard black ring reflectors have a centering accuracy of seven microns on long-range reflectors gives you the ability to measure up to up over the 60 meters and up to 80 meters radially so it means that you can cover the hundred and sixty meter diameter that the tracker can measure and the high-performance reflectors have a centering accuracy of two microns on the on the center of the reflected point within the SMR so it means that you’ve got an extremely accurate means of taking measurements when you take the reflector to the object to be measured and we also have break resistant windowed SMRs as well now these allow us to to measure in harsh and dirty environments for instance where there might be a lot of dust or a lot of moisture in the air which could affect the the optical surfaces of the SMRs so we have a patented window that we can put across the front of them which allows us to to take measurements even

in partial conditions as well and still maintaining measurements on the harsh environments we have heavy duty break resistant reflectors as well they’re actually manufactured from a solid stainless steel ball and the coatings are then added onto the internals of those faces that are machined out so what that allows us to do is have an extremely durable and very very bright resistant reflector so if it’s get if it gets dropped or it’s knocked around a lot with with the measurements then it’s it does survive quite well it is a very durable type of reflector the glass panel ones in the middle we we have those more of a traditional type of reflector that’s more the the ones that we laser trackers originally started with all the years back and the repeatability targets just a basic open-air corner cube and what we can do with those is set them and glue them down into a into an object or a moving part and I’ve said earlier we can check for repeatability of that part by measuring them once allowing the object to move and then it should come back to its same position and we can reevaluate to look for a repeatability so it might be a for example a robot that runs or runs a program and stops and it has to stop in a specific location as part of its process and we can monitor that might be framing gates on a body and white line it could be a door opening and closing on a car for instance there’s many different applications that you can use repeatability targets and laser trackers on within within the automotive sort of industry there we also have retro probes and target tooling kits which allow us to see where to get measurements in smaller and tighter to reach areas for instance as all of the reflectors the SMRs have standard sizes of one and a half inch seven eight and a half inch so they are larger than say for instance a six millimeter hole as an example so what we can use is retro probes which have three millimeter and six millimeter tips as an example and also we can we can use the target tooling kits which have various already ground sized adapters that will allow us to simply insert the reflector into a hole like a six mil or an eight mil hole or anything like that so we have a range of tooling which allows us to to do that as well and again we have some more information on the laser tracker targets and accessories and that’s all available at peridot comm forward slash laser tracker so with any type of measuring equipment you also will need or normally will need a measurement software to complement the earth system so as we said earlier cansu measure 10 is a pharaoh internally developed software it allows us to to connect either off arrow arms or our laser trackers or our scanners and run them all from within one measurement software package and it gives us you know some good features like easy move wizards so we can move the devices around very easily we can set up remote measurements we can easily repeat apart measurements if you have ten components or however many once you’ve measured one that measurement becomes the template for the next number of measurement or next number of components that you have meaning that you can simply clear your readings and we measure the part again and again and the nominal is already preset and your tolerance as well as we always be set as well so some examples there of some of the screenshots from taken from Kenzi measure 10 in the top left we’ve got the scanning capability which allows you to sort of generate a point cloud on the on the component in that case the components being checked back to a CAD nominal model and the actual physical part was compared and aligns first of all and then compared back to the CAD model and on the top right hand side is just an example of some of the geometrical measurements that you can capture so it measures all 2d and 3d objects within within the measurement space and the reports at the bottom very easy to generate it’s not a labor-intensive process it’s simply a case of dragging what you want in the report into a field and the report then populates the nominals and tolerances are just keyed in by hand very easily or they loaded in from a nominal data set like matrix or a CAD model for instance and then PDF or Excel reports can be generated at the click of a button from there another key benefit with the Kempsey measure 10 software is the

ability to have the cam to remote available which is free to download on on the Apple App Store and it’s providing it you’ve got a wireless enabled Apple device such as an iPod Touch or an iPhone you can install this app and then the using the wireless network on the laptop you can connect remotely using your Apple device and from there you can take measurements and actually view data coming back from the measurements as well so it means that you can be measuring several meters away from the laptop and still have complete can control and command of the laser tracker so you don’t have to keep running back to the computer screen to see what’s going on you’ve got control from wherever you’re standing simply with a remote application so we’re going to talk a little bit about some applications and industries now but before we do I just wanted to open another poll question out to the audience and that is just to ask what what industry sectors are our audience actually working in at the moment so it was just to find out you know if you’re actually in automotive in aerospace or a heavy machinery power generation or any other type of fur and the other type of industry that might be the sale there okay so moving on to the the applications then so we have an exemplary laser tracker application infographic here so in this case it’s an arrow an aircraft as an example but this could equally be a car production line or a large factory or facility it’s just to demonstrate the source size of what we can actually achieve and measure with a laser tracker but yeah the areas we might use it would be part inspection so we take it take the laser tracker quite easily to the components of each X and we can check an individual piece against either a drawing or a CAD model when we look at assemblies we can check the components will go together even if they’re built remotely from each other for example you know an aircraft being manufactured might be built in several different countries and then assembled on there what’s what’s known as a final assembly line so in order to conserve arif I that the pass will go together we can actually virtually build and assemble using a data collected from laser trackers even before the parts are shipped to each other to check that they will fit one of the big applications also robot calibration so because our laser track advantage is able to dynamically measure and measure in 3d in real time we can attach reflectors onto a robot and map its path and verify that it’s actually following its nominal track as well so extremely handy if if you might have a line of spot welds that aren’t actually in the right place or anything along those lines so it means that we can verify the path of the robot machining fixtures or tooling fixtures if you like as well so body and white for instance you might have several tools that have nominal pin positions or holding clamps and they need to be verified to ensure that they’re in the right place and we can do that just by checking the fixtures again using laser tracker and either a CAD model or just nominals from a drawing and then also just general quality controls all the data that’s captured on the laser tracker it can be used and exported and put into SPC data meaning that we can actually you know look at look at the quality control as well and maintain our systems to their utmost levels as well so some example applications that we might use a laser tracker in installation would be one of them so we have a part that needs to be put into the right place within a facility or it needs to be installed correctly to wear to another part and we can use the laser tracker we’re using a dro Windows the digital readouts which are the green numbers you’ll see on the screen there so that’s that’s data that would be coming from the laser tracker when you have it on the screen once it’s green and it’s in the right place you and it turns green you know that your your parts correctly positioned and installed in the right place so as we just mentioned their robot calibration is another big big area that we can use laser trackers within if you have for

instance a car production line that’s built using a or designed using a virtual assembly you can actually take the the robots and position them where they need to be in relation to the tooling and then upload the program into the robot and with a small with a with a minor amount of adjustments the robot should be running in the right place without having to teach it by hand or pendant each year which is a time-consuming process to do so a general inspection in quality control it could be anything from fabrications to the high precision components and in any industries as well as as we’ll cover later on so again cause control it’s very easy just to take your measurements and then simply upload them onto a year or generate a report using one-click command and then upload that data into into your networks so that it’s available for all of your your customers or your suppliers or your internal people to actually see the data almost real time as as its measured and completed so another area that we can use laser trackers in is reverse engineering so if we haven’t got drawings or we haven’t got a CAD model over parts we can use laser trackers we can use Faro arms and laser scanners for instance to digitize the physical part and then reverse-engineer and remodel or generate a CAD model or a drawing based on the physical measurements that have been taken so it might be that you’ve got older older m plants or equipment that hasn’t got a drawing or hasn’t been has been in for a long time and it hasn’t got any sort of data or it’s all changed and it’s moved and deformed and we can actually you know if it does the job and it works we can remodel that and treat that as a new nominal if you like so some of the industries that we work heavily within as well we’ve got aerospace we work with the likes of Airbus Boeing Bombardier and all the major manufacturers of aircraft and airframes and along the lines as well the anything from the from the wings productions to the few dodges and final assembly lines as well and laser trackers are used in a variety of different ways within the aerospace industry they’re an automotive we use the trackers everywhere from body and whites so it’s tooling installations production line sort of setups robot installations and calibration all the way down to the finished vehicles or even through to the body in white first and then the finished vehicles at the end of the line we’ve used them for crash test analysis also you know even the Formula One teams where they demand much higher tolerances and accuracies we’re able to meet those requirements using the accuracies within the laser trackers as well so power generation is another industry we work quite closely with it’s anything from hydro to wind turbines to coal and nuclear they will run on us on similar principles they see our generator which which turns turbine it generates electricity and we can do an outages we can verify that the turbines or the housings are correct and that the parts are going to go back in correctly and you know its various other applications that we can do within within the power industry as well and then the boat and shipbuilding industries anything from the fiberglass of the GRP type molds and all the way up to the heavy steel fabricated ships that you might see like the oil tankers and the the aircraft carriers and the the type 45 destroyers anything along those lines so from the very small to the very large again if you’ve got CAD or you’ve got drawings the laser tracker has the measurement range and the accuracy to meet the requirements within within this industry and then machined parts so this might be a jig or a fixture or tooling for instance or you know just a component that’s been on a machine on a CNC machine for an example and you can see some of the size and the complexity of some of those parts it’s not an ideal situation to have to move those parts around to take them to an inspection area so when you have a laser tracker it makes it extremely easy and efficient to take it take the measurement device to the part and it’s much easier for us to move a laser tracker than it might be to move something along the sizes that you can see on the examples there

he also used the equipment for various purveyors measurements of components anything from aircraft to submarines to land-based defense vehicles you know anything it’s still a manufactured part it still requires measuring and verifying so the equipment again is used heavily with in these industries as well so just to give an idea of some of the ways that we can some of the mounts and some of the accessories that we use with the trekker we’ve also already talked about the different types of targets and the target tooling kits but you’ve got in the top left here the types of stands and we can mount them on portable tripods which are extremely easy to move around we’ve got heavy more heavy duty rolling stands which is is designed to be in a shop floor area and on a on a flat surface ideally we have magnetic mounts vacuum mounts so there’s a lot of different options there to actually get your laser tracker or your Faro device Institute you know the benefit is that they’re also on all of them at Universal so the mounting option is regardless of whether you’ve got a Ferro arm or a fara laser tracker we can mount either either of the devices onto the same stand meaning that you don’t have to have a whole new set of accessories for one of your instruments and then have to get another whole lot of accessories for the next instrument so it’s a small example of a small small snippet of some of the major companies that we work with we have 20,000 installations worldwide so it’s it’s usually that we we know of most of the major companies and we’re actually working closely with them already so just some example quotes and testimonies from some of our existing customers that are using the the measurement equipment you know you’ve got a lot of large industry powerhouses there as well lotion earring machine concerts marine concepts and you know just a small example again of some of the customers and how they’re using and how they got by with our how they’re getting by with our equipment as well so for any further information on the the laser tracker or any of the Faro equipment it’s very calm and for the laser tracker it’s just four slash laser tracker so that’s that’s it for me now and at this moment I would like to thank everybody for your attention and well now open up to a Q&A session and I’ll be happy to answer any questions that you might have arising from the presentation so thank you what changes ring what changes or improvements have you made to the MCU to the MCU I would say that that Wireless the wireless capability is one of the most significant changes to the control unit it used to be that I had to be connected via a wired Ethernet cable but now we have the option of going wired or Wireless depending on the on the the circumstances on the site we haven’t gone exclusively with Wireless because we are aware that you have certain security policies and and and you know various restrictions on certain sites so we’ve given the option to our users and our customers that they can choose one or the other using using that I think from based on the ion there’s probably not a lot of difference in terms of size I mean the control unit is just the the brains of the instrument and the the interconnecting device or the you know the the area where it’s ER communicates to and from the HEPA track ahead and the and the computer so apart from that I’ve been there’s many new changes surrounding the MCU actually thank you we have another question here and why you two cameras – it’s with two cameras based side to side to each other it gives the the track of the ability to see in 3d so it gives it a depth of

field on that one so it’s I’m not too sure on the exact science behind it but that’s probably about as best as I can answer that at the moment I’m afraid video images it doesn’t transmit them live but using the the multi view cameras you do have an option within the software that you can activate the what you can activate a window that shows you what the tracker is actually looking at at the time so it’s it’s just a grayscale image just the black and white the shows you were what the tracker can what the tracker actually sees and if you’ve got a reflector in that field of view it it is actually being pulsed with earth with a light that allows it to shine very very reflectively within the field of view and that allows you then to simply click on the the reflector when you see it in the field of view and the tracker will head over to it using the smart buying technology it will lock onto the reflector and allow you to carry on taking measurements I think you may have mentioned this during the presentation Keith and the question is that’s a trucker have attained power supply or is it necessary you need an external supply we we need an external supply due to due to the type of motors and that we use on the trackers so it is a an external supply which is either 110 or 240 volts through through the domestic supplies so you can connect it to a factory floor if you’ve only got 110 or you can run it in the offices on 240 as well so we can run on either with any kind of battery pack not notice it is at the moment no we have to run it on a mains supply at the moment you can connect it to UPS systems like uninterruptible power supplies but they’re quite heavy and bulky to move around and also you have a limited amount of life within those so for the majority of it if you’re doing measurements intensity is mainly on main supply you may have mentioned it during the presentation are there any videos showing demonstrations using the latest camera or the smart finding all of our all of our media at the moment is is all available through the through the web’s for the through the micro site on our website which is farrakhan forward slash laser tracker there is a video section there which does show just show all of the the videos of applications and case studies and also some more further information on the smart find and everything is available through there so I think there is one that yes we’ve got a quick question regarding the accuracy or the the changes that have been made from the ion to the new tracker for the Vantage and so Wow how come the of the fracture has changed from 0.049 to 0.098 with intermediate okay it’s it’s it’s the accuracy hasn’t actually changed the way that we expressed the accuracy has changed on our on our text sheets what we used to quote was what we would call typical mpa which is half of the MP e value the maximum permissible error but to bring our text sheets in line with with with the sort of there’s not actually an industry standard but to make it easier for our customers to understand if they’re looking at different systems side-by-side we decided to change to just showing the npe values only on the text sheet so it’s the it’s the same accuracy it’s just expressed in a different way and I think we are changing to – back to the 1/2 and tip the typical and full MPA values are what on our text sheets soon in the future so well you will see the 49 or 10 meters again on the text sheets in the not-too-distant future see more questions here key and I’m not quite sure of victims I’m reading this one correctly under the tracker have a controller it’s imagining the controller software earlier on menu in the beginning of yeah yeah that’s what do you prefer – specifically but if you can talk a little bit about the controller

15 – the tracker please yeah the the tracker is it’s basically two major components one is the delays of track ahead and the other is the the controller unit which is what we call the MCU the master control unit so that might be what the question is referring to but that new that’s a five kilo unit which is the the hub of where the power goes in it’s where the laser tracker head feeds data to and it’s where the lanes the the laptop establishes communication – the laser tracker system from as well so that’s the five kilo unit it’s about the size of a toaster if you like to give you an idea of the size and weight of it and the laser tracker head itself it’s the other major part of it of the the system which has 12 and 1/2 kilo weights and just the cable connects one one cable then connects between the the control unit and the laser tracker head itself we have a slightly slightly out of our question is if the system approved for operate operative room in the medical field I don’t know about specific accreditations but we are sort of or the instrument is seee certified and we have we conform to all the general national standards the Food Drug and standards agency but if this if there’s any specific ones probably need to ask you a question if they had a specific accreditation or approval that they wanted that the the person questioning would like to find out about with we’d be happy to answer an email off or something like that later on the lead times information on the latest tracker key information on that well typically lead times are six weeks for delivery price it would depend quite significantly on on the type of on the type of software accessories and the model that you choose to go with so price is a difficult one to answer in a broad spectrum like that but we do what we do offer is that if there is a party interested in a system we would send one of our specialists over to the site we’d sit down and have a consultation with the you know the customer or the client and we would tailor a solution specific to their requirements and we’d be able to you know give them give an accurate price and costing based on that well thanks very much you keep a lot of very interesting questions there a lot of interested in the latest tracker and we’re now going to conclude our our webinar for today thank you very much for all our attendees for joining us the webinar will be uploaded to our archive and is accessible in the future for all your colleagues who may have been unable to attend this live presentation you can access this in any previous webinar under the process tab on the AMS homepage thanks again for joining us today and we hope you’ll join us for our next webinar thanks very much