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FARO Introduces New Generation of Best-in-Class 3D Laser Scanners and Software

Published: Sunday, May 17, 2009 - 14:22

(FARO Technologies Inc.: Lake Mary, Florida) -- FARO, the world’s leading provider of portable measurement and imaging systems, has announced that delivery of a new generation of 3-D laser scanners will begin in the second quarter of 2009. Two new models, the FARO Laser Scanner Photon 120 and 20, both feature measuring rates of up to 976,000 points per second. The 120 also offers an unprecedented operating range of up to 153 meters (503 feet) making it the longest-range phase-shift laser scanner in the world. The Photon 20, in comparison, has been designed for scanning objects within a range of 20 meters. The recent innovation provides an eightfold increase in speed and a double unambiguity interval compared to the previous-generation FARO offerings.

The company also announced the upcoming release of FARO Scene V4.6, the latest version of its scan-processing software, which accelerates the registration of scans by 90 percent compared to manual completion.

FARO presented the market’s fastest 3-D laser scanner and its new processing software at the SPAR 2009 conference in Denver, March 29–April 1. In conjunction with the new system offerings, an upgrade path from previous generation FARO laser scanners was made available to current users.

“Large imaging assignments such as 3-D documentation of shop floors or buildings require hundreds of scans and a significant investment of time and resources,” says Jay Freeland, FARO chief executive officer. “To remain cost-effective, such large projects must be completed as quickly as possible without sacrificing quality of the output. The new Photon laser scanners greatly enhance both the productivity and quality equations for our customers.”

“The long range of the Photon 120 reduces the need to reposition the device,” states Dr. Bernd Becker, director of laser scanner marketing and product management for FARO.

The FARO Scene V4.6 software automates registration of the data captured by the scanner, that is, its target recognition, naming, and matching.

“Instead of returning to the office to manually register scans and overlay them with color, FARO Scene V4.6 allows users to complete the process on-the-spot or, overnight through batch processing,” adds Dr. Becker. “As a result, in an average imaging project involving 300 scans, labor input can be reduced from several days to only a few hours for end control and troubleshooting.”

About Photon laser scanners from FARO

The FARO Photon line of phase-shift laser scanners provides a fast and simple method for 3-D data capture and highly detailed measurement of large objects or environments. Application areas range from a variety of engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) functions, including as-built and as-is documentation, surveying, BIM, and asset management, through geotechnical survey, accident and forensic research, heritage, and CGI production.

About FARO

FARO (NASDAQ: FARO) develops and markets computer-aided coordinate measurement devices and software. Portable equipment from FARO permits high-precision 3-D measurement and comparison of parts and compound structures within production and quality assurance processes. The devices are used for inspecting components and assemblies, production planning, and inventory documentation, as well as for investigation and reconstruction of accident sites or crime scenes. They are also employed to generate digital scans of historic sites.

Worldwide, approximately 9,200 customers are operating more than 19,600 installations of FARO’s systems. The company’s global headquarter is located in Lake Mary, Florida, and its European head office in Korntal-Münchingen near Stuttgart (Germany). FARO has branches in Brazil, Canada, China, France, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.

For further information, visit online at www.faro.com.


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The Coordinate Metrology Society (CMS)—presenter of the Coordinate Metrology Society Conference (CMSC)—is comprised of users, service providers, and OEMs of close-tolerance, industrial coordinate measurement systems, software, and peripherals. The metrology systems represented at the annual CMSC include articulated-arm CMMs, laser trackers, laser radar, photogrammetry and videogrammetry systems, scanners, indoor GPS, and laser projection systems. The CMS gathers each year to gain knowledge of the advancements and applications of any measurement system or software solution that produces and uses 3D coordinate data.