FARO's New Photon 3-D Laser Scanner; Enhances Performance, Image Clarity



    LAKE MARY, Fla., Feb. 26 /CNW/ -- FARO Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:   FARO)
the world leader in portable computer-aided measurement hardware and software,
announced the launch of its new family of 3-D Laser Scanners called Photon 80
and Photon 20. The new Photons, which replace the Company's Laser Scanner LS
880, 840 and 420, offer greater clarity, accuracy and portability.
    "The Photon is FARO's sixth new product release in seven months," FARO
President and CEO Jay Freeland said. "It represents not only our commitment to
this product line and the diverse markets it benefits, but also our dedication
to developing innovative 3-D laser scanner technology faster than any other
company in the world."
    The FARO Photon Laser Scanner is a portable, computerized measurement
device that scans, digitally recreates and records all of an object or area's
dimensions, creating what looks like a "photograph" on the computer screen -
but in 3-D. The captured data can be used to create a digital model for
reverse-engineering, quality assurance, inspection, CAD-to-part comparison,
factory planning, investigation, and automatic object recognition in
modelling.
    The new Photon's sleek styling is fortified by technological
advancements, including:
    
    -- 300% less noise for greater clarity
    -- 200% better positional accuracy
    -- Higher sensitivity for better detection of objects that are distant,
       darker and more oblique
    -- Easy high-quality color overlay
    -- Increased mirror rotation speed
    -- Faster minimal scanning times
    
    Among the new accessories is a high-definition color bracket, as well as
a handle for safe and simple portability. When combined with the super-compact
Power Base Battery, the Photon offers more than six hours of uninterrupted
scanning performance.
    "Customers who field tested our new Laser Scanner are excited," said Dr.
Bernd-Dietmar Becker, FARO's Director of Laser Scanner Marketing and Product
Management. "The Photon is a breakthrough and offers huge opportunities for
markets that require very high fidelity 3-D image capture. This embodies
FARO's reputation as the leading provider of high-quality measurement and
imaging devices."
    The Photon will be beneficial in various industries, including Cultural
Preservation, Architecture, Process, Piping and Power Industries, Aerospace,
Automotive and Shipbuilding, Automated Quality Assurance Systems, Foundries,
Forensic, Tunnel and Mining, as well as Toy Reproduction.
    "The Photon's attractive pricing, ease of use and solid customer support
make it painless for businesses to adopt this powerful technology," Freeland
said.
    
    About FARO
    
    With approximately 16,000 installations and 7,400 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, Global PR Manager of FARO 
Technologies, Inc., +1-407-333-9911, sahlerd@FARO.com Web Site:
http://www.faro.com

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