Northamptonshire-based Fablink Group — a specialist in the manufacture of cabs, pressings and assemblies — has invested in a 6m-capacity Faro Quantum ScanArm fitted with a FaroBlu Laser Line Probe SD, supplied by Rugby-based Faro Technologies UK Ltd (www.faro.com
This investment was made to help Fablink’s inspection department keep pace with rising production levels and to improve the company’s measurement capabilities.
The company chose the market-leading measuring tool because it has both tactile probing and scanning capabilities, as well as a generous measuring capacity to cover large assemblies.
Fablink was established in 2005 with just two employees but has undergone rapid growth — achieved both organically
and through acquisition — and now employs over 700 people at five manufacturing sites.
Fablink’s head of quality, Glenn Wright, said: “As we serve a range of challenging industries, where consistent quality and competitive pricing are of paramount importance, it is vital that we remain at the cutting edge of the technologies that support our quality ethos and our continuing pursuit of efficiency improvements.
"This is especially true when supplying the automotive sector, where expectations of enhanced accuracy and increased efficiencies are a given.
“It was these factors and an increased workload that recently prompted our search for a high-tech large-capacity measuring tool that would boost our inspection competencies and further improve our efficiency levels.
"Afterseeing three scanning systems from leading metrology companies perform demonstrations, we came to the conclusion that the Faro QuantumM ScanArm was both the easiest and the fastest system.
“We were very impressed with its accuracy, repeatability and the standard of the real-time data it provided, alongside the ability to reduce scanning times by up to 75%.
“Though intended for use mainly at our Brixworth site, the Faro unit is available for use at our other sites too, as it is portable and quick to set up.
“It has also proved invaluable for the regular inspection and calibration of our jigs and fixtures.”