FARO Expands Sizes, Capabilities of FaroArm Lineup



    LAKE MARY, Fla., Sept. 4 /CNW/ -- FARO Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:   FARO),
the world leader in portable computer-aided measurement hardware and software,
announced that it has enhanced its Quantum, Platinum and Fusion FaroArm
product lines in order to meet the needs of a wider range of applications
within its industrial customer base.
    Its popular Quantum FaroArm series will now be offered in 6-ft. (1.8m),
8-ft. (2.4m), 10-ft. (3.0m), and 12-ft. (3.7m) lengths. Each achieves up to
30-percent higher accuracy over the Platinum FaroArm series, the Company's
previous generation of technology. The additional sizes, combined with
precision of up to 16 microns (.0006"/0.016mm), make the Quantum FaroArm ideal
for inspection and reverse engineering of a wide variety of precision
components for aerospace, automotive, machine building and other industries
that require the highest levels of accuracy available in a portable device."
    "Last September we initiated our phased launch of the Quantum exclusively
as an 8-foot model - our best-selling length FaroArm," FARO President and CEO
Jay Freeland said. "This latest offering completes the product line and
primarily meets the higher accuracy demands of our key markets, especially
those in aerospace and automotive applications."
    The Platinum FaroArm series sports a new look bringing it to the physics
theme of the Company's Quantum and Fusion FaroArms. In addition, the Platinum
and Fusion FaroArms are now equipped with the popular Bluetooth(R) wireless
technology already available in Quantum FaroArms. Users can now inspect,
digitize, then transmit data up to 30 feet (10m) away - even through walls -
without having to use cables.
    "Preferred over Wi-Fi, Bluetooth is the right technology for FaroArm
applications resulting in faster set up, extended battery life, and lower
power consumption," said Sr. Technical Product Manager Orlando Perez.
    "Another key feature added to the entire product line is the Sleep Mode
feature that automatically turns off the unit to save energy and extend
component life," said Director of Product Management Umesh Cooduvalli.
    The new FaroArms will make their debut at the International Manufacturing
Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago on September 8.
    
    About the FaroArm
    
    Available in either six- or seven-axis models, the FaroArms offer
accuracy comparable to fixed CMMs, have software that is fully programmable
for repetitive measurement, have a smaller footprint on the shop floor, and
perform first-article inspections more efficiently.
    Users simply guide the FaroArm's touch-probe along the surface of the
object to be measured. The device's laptop computer simultaneously illustrates
the 3-D measurements on-screen and records all of the data. It creates a 3-D
"blueprint" of a part or machine components, making it an all-in-one portable
tool for improving production, quality and reverse engineering processes by
rapidly verifying or scanning parts with greater confidence and accuracy.
    
    About FARO
    
    With approximately 17,000 installations and 7,800 customers globally,
FARO Technologies, Inc. designs, develops, and markets portable, computerized
measurement devices and software used to create digital models - or to perform
evaluations against an existing model - for anything requiring highly detailed
3-D measurements, including part and assembly inspection, factory planning and
asset documentation, as well as specialized applications ranging from
surveying, recreating accident sites and crime scenes to digitally preserving
historical sites.
    FARO's technology increases productivity by dramatically reducing the
amount of on-site measuring time, and the various industry-specific software
packages enable users to process and present their results quickly and more
effectively.
    Principal products include the world's best-selling portable measurement
arm - the FaroArm; the world's best-selling laser tracker - the FARO Laser
Tracker X and Xi; the FARO Laser ScanArm; FARO Photon Laser Scanners; the FARO
Gage, Gage-PLUS and PowerGAGE; and the CAM2 Q family of advanced CAD-based
measurement and reporting software. FARO Technologies is ISO-9001 certified
and ISO-17025 laboratory registered.




For further information:

For further information: Darin Sahler of FARO Technologies, Inc., Global
PR Manager, +1-407-333-9911, Darin.Sahler@faro.com Web Site:
http://www.faro.com

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