December 15, 2020
Face Consultants’ Operations & Quality Manager Duane Scarfe explains how the Face Profileograph has evolved, from the first ground-breaking model to its modern-day manifestation as a laser guided, multi-functional, ‘All in One’ Profileograph.
In 1977 the first FACE Profileograph was built. Designed to check floors in narrow aisle warehouses, the self-propelled analogue Profileograph was the first practical instrument for large scale floor surveys and was the key tool in the development of modern ‘Superflat’ floor technology.
This device was used to check compliance with the American F Number system (F min) and could also be used to check compliance with The Concrete Society’s Technical Report No 34 from the UK (2003 Third Edition).
In June 2002 Face Consultants Ltd developed and built the first Digital Profileograph to check Table 4.3 of TR34 (Third Edition) closely followed by the long wheelbase profileograph to check Appendix C of TR34, as well as American F min and Din 15185. With the new digital Profileographs different bodies had to be used to check different standards with the relevant auxiliary equipment attached.
In December 2009, the first ‘All in One’ (AIO) digital Profileograph was developed. This meant that any Profileograph body could be used to check any Defined Movement standard with the relevant auxiliary equipment attached.
Today Face Consultants Ltd (part of the CoGri Group of companies) have developed a laser guided Profileograph to measure 6 properties of floor flatness within a single pass along the floor, when checking surface regularity for Robotic systems in E Commerce Warehouse Fulfilment Centres.
The latest Face All In One Profileograph also has additional auxiliary attachments which can be used to measure TR34, EN 15620, DIN 15185, VDMA, FEM and the ACI F min surface regularity specifications.
To this day instruments to measure the flatness of Defined Movement floors and floors designed for automated warehouses, continue to be developed in-house through CoGri Engineering Ltd, founded in 2019 to continue the work first started by Face Consultants.
Face Consultants are independent experts in the measurement of floor flatness for narrow aisle, very narrow aisle, and automated warehouses.
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