FARO's Exclusive SENSOR Probe by Renishaw Improves Productivity, Data Confidence

    FRANKFURT, Germany, Dec. 5 /CNW/ -- FARO Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:  
FARO), the world sales leader in portable computer-aided measurement arms and
laser trackers, announced that its strategic alliance with Renishaw has
produced the FARO SENSOR, an advanced probe for measurement arms that
increases user productivity and confidence in results.
    "What makes the FARO SENSOR probe unique is that data is taken only when
in contact with the part, unlike other probes that keep collecting points even
when the hard probe leaves the work piece," FARO President and CEO Jay
Freeland said. "That causes rework and creates errors that have to be removed
later. The FARO SENSOR eliminates that wasted effort - including the guesswork
as to which points need to be deleted. Users will know without a doubt that
their measurements are more exact than ever."
    Exclusively developed for the Quantum FaroArm, the FARO SENSOR is a
contact-sensing rigid probe that functions as three sensors in one to offer
hard probe, touch trigger and scanning capability.
    To operate, users simply guide the SENSOR along the surface of the object
to be measured. Points are measured as soon as the probe contacts the surface,
eliminating the need to press capture buttons, as with other probes. The
Quantum'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 component, making it an all- in-one portable tool for performing
inspections, tool certification, CAD-to-Part analysis, and reverse
    Drawing on Renishaw's metrology expertise, the innovative sensing
technology within the FARO SENSOR is also:

    -- Easy to use, significantly reducing complexity of the measuring
       process by minimizing operator influence

    -- Designed for durability to endure day-to-day use in tough industrial

    -- Equipped with a range of styli that allow it to accurately probe
       intricate and hard-to-reach features
    Along with the new Laser ScanArm V3, the FARO SENSOR probe makes its
    world debut at the 2007 EuroMold Show in Frankfurt, Germany.
    About FARO
    With more than 14,600 installations and 7,000 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
    Principal products include the world's best-selling portable measurement
arm - the FaroArm; the world's best-selling laser tracker - the FARO Laser
Tracker; the FARO Laser ScanArm; FARO Laser Scanner LS; the FARO Gage, Gage-
PLUS and PowerGAGE; and the CAM2 family of advanced CAD-based measurement and
reporting software. FARO Technologies is ISO-9001 certified and ISO-17025
laboratory registered. Learn more at www.faro.com
    About Renishaw
    For over 30 years Renishaw, one of the world's leading metrology
companies, has supplied products to manufacturing companies worldwide, all
designed to increase productivity and improve product quality in a competitive
manufacturing environment.
    The company has a wide product range and a customer base across a broad
spectrum of different industry sectors. Renishaw was best known for its probe
systems for co-ordinate measuring machines (CMMs) and CNC machine tools,
supplying many engineering companies in the sectors of aerospace, automotive
and precision piece-part manufacture. However the company has successfully
diversified into other product areas, such as encoder systems for position
feedback, dental CAD/CAM systems, laser calibration products for machine
performance control, and Raman microscopes for spectral analysis of materials.
    In the year to 30 June 2007, Renishaw generated revenue of 180.9 million
pounds Sterling and profit before tax of 32.7 million pounds. The Renishaw
Group currently has 51 locations in 30 countries, with over 2,100 employees.
More information at www.renishaw.com

For further information:

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

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