New CMM is affordable, precise and portable

3D measurement and imaging specialist, Faro Technologies has announced the release of its most affordable and accurate 3D portable coordinate measurement machine (CMM) – the Faro Gage.

Ideal for small and medium-sized businesses performing high-accuracy tasks, the Gage is the most intuitive, ergonomic, and versatile articulated portable FaroArm, enabling machine shops to perform their most demanding 3D inspections in rapid time.

The all-in-one-solution also reduces calibration costs and minimises clutter, replacing traditional hand tools such as calipers, micrometers, and height gauges, while providing 20% more reach than the previous-generation Gage arm.

Lightweight and portable but with the precision of a lab instrument and the ruggedness of a shopfloor device, the Gage sets up in seconds, reduces inspection time, and delivers quality results with high levels of flexibility, resulting in increased speed and productivity.

“When it comes to measurement equipment value; accuracy, portability, speed and affordability matter,” says Michael Carris, vice president of product marketing at Faro. “Too often machine shops rely on expensive and hard-to-use fixed CMMs that take up valuable floor space or a multitude of hand tools that slow down the process. The Gage eliminates these inefficiencies. As a result, inspection bottlenecks are greatly reduced, measurement accuracy is improved, and operator variability is significantly minimised.”

The Faro Gage aims to optimise efficiency and productivity – starting with setup. A universal quick mount ensures compatibility with a variety of mounting options that allows it to be set-up anywhere, including on-machine. A simple two-button design, six-point articulation and built-in counterbalance deliver ease of use and fatigue-free operation and a compact design makes the product lightweight and easy to transport. The Gage is compatible with Faro’s full line of metrology software, including CAM2 Probing, the simple contact measurement solution. The result is an advanced metrology device that delivers excellent performance.

“Small and medium size operations can now take full advantage of 3D measurement technology,” Dr Carris adds: “For machine shops, quality problems, imprecise measurement, scrapped parts, extended wait times and customers part rejections all contribute to unnecessary expenses that become more critical during these trying economic times.

“The Faro Gage allows for more streamlined processes, significant waste reduction, and quick return on investment. Backed by Faro’s 40-year history of superior portable measurement experience, Gage allows more companies to benefit from lean manufacturing practices.”

Faro www.faro.com

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