Ideal for small- and medium-sized businesses performing high-accuracy tasks, says Faro, with the Gage described as the most intuitive, ergonomic and versatile articulated portable FaroArm, enabling machine shops to perform their most demanding 3D inspections “in record time”.

The all-in-one-solution also reduces calibration costs and minimises clutter, replacing traditional hand tools such as calipers, micrometers and height gauges, while providing 20% more reach than the previous-generation Gage arm. Lightweight and portable but with the precision of a lab instrument and the ruggedness of a shopfloor device, the Gage sets up in seconds, reduces inspection time, and delivers quality results with exceptional flexibility, resulting in increased speed and productivity.

“When it comes to measurement equipment value, accuracy, portability, speed and affordability matter,” says Michael Carris, Ph.D., vice president of product marketing at Faro. “Too often machine shops rely on expensive and hard-to-use fixed CMMs that take up valuable floor space or a multitude of hand tools that slow down the process. The Gage eliminates these inefficiencies. As a result, inspection bottlenecks are greatly reduced, measurement accuracy is improved, and operator variability is significantly minimised.”

The unit’s efficiency begins with set-up. A universal quick-mount ensures compatibility with a variety of mounting options that allows it to be set it up anywhere, including on-machine. A simple two-button design, six-point articulation and built-in counterbalance deliver exceptional ease of use and fatigue-free operation. Its compact design makes the product lightweight and easy to transport. The Gage is compatible with Faro’s full line of metrology software, including CAM2 Probing, the simple contact measurement solution. The result is an advanced metrology device that delivers unparalleled performance.

Adds Carris: “Small- and medium-size operations can now take full advantage of 3D measurement technology. For machine shops, quality problems, imprecise measurement, scrapped parts, extended wait times and customers part rejections all contribute to unnecessary expenses that become more critical during these trying economic times. The Faro Gage allows for more streamlined processes, significant waste reduction, and quick return on investment. Backed by Faro’s 40-year history of superior portable measurement experience, Gage allows more companies to benefit from lean manufacturing practices and will be employing the new industry standard in compact performance and affordability.”