BMW AG of Munich, Germany, has contracted with FARO Europe to use CAM2 SPC Process for assembly of its 7-Series cars at its Dingolfing plant in Q2 2002 and intends to do the same for the next new model of the 5-Series vehicles later in the year. These new contracts add to a growing list of European automakers that are using this software. For example: Porsche AG in Stuttgart, Germany currently uses the SPC Process software for its entire line of sports cars at its plant in Zuffenhausen. A large supplier to the automobile industry, Allgaier Werke GmbH, near Stuttgart, is using two licenses in its stamping plant.
Thomas Rexer, director of development for FARO's SPC Process, explains, "In 1997, we began development of CAM2 SPC in close cooperation with the process development department at DaimlerChrysler for the production of the S-Class vehicles. We have worked closely with our customers to develop and refine this product. SPC Process is ideal for processes where large numbers of parts are involved and very large amounts of data are generated that can be useful throughout an assembly plant."
CAM2 SPC Process software is a client-server application for the statistical evaluation and quality control of mass-produced products. Measurement data may come from inline measurement systems, Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMMs), gap-measuring systems and all of FARO's CAM2 portable measurement products. The system is sufficiently flexible to provide quality control data documentation to meet the requirements of a variety of different manufacturing applications. Untrained operators can use the web browser-like display to automatically prepare data for their specific subjects. Displays include CAD images, charts and many unique graphics tools to present measured data in an expressive and understandable way. CAM2 SPC Process collects data for each and every measurement and stores this in a central, scaleable database server for data security and rapid access throughout the manufacturer's facility.
Leader in CAM2 (Computer-Aided Manufacturing Measurement), FARO Technologies (Nasdaq: FARO) and its international subsidiaries design, develop and market CAM2 systems and services for manufacturers of automotive, aerospace, industrial and consumer products worldwide. Principal products include the FaroArm, a six-degree-of-freedom articulating arm, the Control Station, the Laser Tracker and a CAM2 family of advanced CAD-based measurement and reporting software. FARO products provide manufacturers the freedom to measure production parts or complex assemblies on the shop floor. FARO's customers benefit through improved productivity and enhanced product quality because of reduced rework and scrap within the manufacturing process. A recognized leader of dimensional quality control products worldwide, FARO Technologies is ISO 9001 certified and Guide 25 approved.