Test & Measurement

Visual inspection platform streamlines manufacturing process

12th October 2017
Alice Matthews

Provider of 3D measurement and imaging solutions for factory metrology, construction BIM/CIM, product design, public safety forensics, and 3D solutions applications, FARO, has announced the availability of the FARO Visual Inspect product family. This platform enables large, complex 3D CAD (computer-aided design) data to be transferred to an iPad and then used for mobile visualisation and comparison to real world conditions.

This enables real time, actionable manufacturing insight through earlier stage error detection in the production, construction or design processes.

Visual Inspect is a true next-gen solution as it moves 3D CAD viewing away from the traditional desktop PC to a mobile 'in hand, on demand' solution. The 3D CAD data is stored locally on the iPad through an innovative, compressed, mobile format which provides an exceptional degree of flexibility and mobility that together drive increased productivity. The end user is able to document problems and errors with text and images and then easily export both into a Microsoft Excel office document.

The Visual Inspect product family offers two value options:

  • Visual Inspect: enables intuitive mobile viewing, verification and documentation of complex 3D data
  • Visual Inspect AR: enables complex 3D data to be overlaid and compared to actual data in real time

The integrated iPad camera supports Visual Inspect AR as a more cost effective alternative to other Augmented Reality (AR) products that require expensive cameras.

The Visual Inspect product family can be ready for use via a simple three step process that includes first downloading the iPad application from the Apple Apps store, calibrating the iPad and then activating the application with the calibration file.

“We are thrilled to follow up our purchase of mwf-technology in December 2016 with the integration of its innovative technology into the FARO product portfolio,” stated Simon Raab, Ph.D., FARO’s President and CEO. “We are creating a new paradigm that enables our customers to move beyond doing it the right way most of the time to doing it the best way all the time.”

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