Foothills Steel Foundry has the capability to measure, design and cast anything steel, and it is liberating.
When Faro™ created the FaroArm way back in the mid 80’s, I wonder whether these two biomedical engineers realised what an impact their lab creations would have on the industrial world today. Originally the two “techno-junkies” set out to develop technology and software to support advanced surgical and diagnostic methods. They introduced their first articulated-arm measurement technology in 1984 and realised that the measuring arm would have multiple applications across various industries. The rest, as they say, is history as Faro continues to grow globally as one of the world’s fastest growing companies.
Foothills have been fans of the FaroArm for years, first purchasing the FaroArm for the Australian office in 2009, not long after the Fusion Arm came on the market. Since then we have measured many castings in Canada, Australia, USA and New Zealand. Our advanced measuring ability has helped to win work, improve quality and ensure the accuracy of our custom cast parts for our customers.
The FaroArm Fusion model is the perfect blend of precision, durability and technology. The Fusion is an all-in-one portable measurement arm for inspections, CAD-to-part analysis, and reverse engineering, which is what Foothills use it for the most.
The large, spherical working volume (2.4m) and a measurement accuracy of 0.04mm, you can be sure that the parts Foothills cast with these measurements are as near to perfect as possible.
We are often asked to measure a part, create the pattern, then manufacture it. Before we deliver it, we also make sure to inspect it with the FaroArm. The inspection ensures that the dimensions of the completed casting match the original sample. This is just one extra way that Foothills manages quality.
The portability of the FaroArm allows us to come to the plant or onto the site and measure the casting. Then literally take the measurements back to the foundry and create the pattern to solve the problem. It’s technology at its best, and we want to spread the word about our ability to do this.
The Foothills brand is synonymous with hard wearing and long lasting quality parts, and part of the reason is that we have the best tools to carry out the job and an experienced team who know their stuff. With over 70 years of experience and a bounty of technology, our reputation is well deserved.
If you need a solution to a tricky problem, let us see if we can help using our FaroArm technology.