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Cleaning the Focus Laser Scanner

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Overview

In the following article you can find step-by-step instructions on how to properly clean FARO® Focus Laser Scanners.

Before You begin

  • To avoid unnecessary damage or wear, clean the optics only if the degree of contamination requires cleaning for proper functioning, for example, if an increase in noise or a decrease of the scan range is observed. 
  • Cleaning must be performed only by trained personnel, as any damage occurred during cleaning may require a complete replacement of the part at the expense of the customer. If in doubt, contact the customer service at FARO.
  • Do not touch the mirror with tweezers or forceps. 
  • Do not touch the optical surfaces with your bare hands. We recommend using latex gloves. If you have latex allergies, use gloves that are suitable for you or have someone else carry out the cleaning.
  • If the scanner is accidentally switched on, the mirrors may start to turn and result in hand injuries. So before starting cleaning shut-down the laser scanner module and remove the battery pack. If using an external power supply, remove the power line. This will prevent the mirror from turning during the cleaning.

Required Materials

Cleaning Slightly Contaminated Optics

To learn how to proper clean slightly contaminated optics, watch the following video:


Below you can find the illustrated step-by-step process.

Dry Pre-Cleaning (Non-Contact Cleaning)

Start by removing any dust or liquid droplet from the mirror or sensor cover by using compressed dry air or special duster sprays (dry cleaning gas), without touching the optical surface of the object.

  1. Gently blow off particles from the optical surface with compressed dry air or special duster sprays. While using the spray, do not shake the bottle or turn it upside down.



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  2. Perform visual inspection.
     
  3. Repeat dry cleaning as required.
     
  4. Proceed with Wet Cleaning with Tissue and Optical Cleaning Fluid below.

Wet Cleaning with Tissue and Optical Cleaning Fluid

  1. While using a new pair of gloves, put together two or three sheets of optics cleaning tissue.


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  2. Fold the cleaning pads in half

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  3. Fold the pads in half once more ir order to create a squared soft pad that is about 30 mm (1.18 in) long.
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  4. Use the forceps to fix the cleaning pad. Leave at least 2-3 mm (0.078 in - 0.118 in) between the edge of the pad and the forceps.

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  5. Slightly compress the pad on top of the spare cleaning tissues to create a T-shaped cleaning pad.

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  6. Use the eye-dropper to soak the cleaning pad with optical cleaning fluid.

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  7. With a single, consistent linear motion from one end to the other, gently wipe the mirror or sensor cover glass with the cleaning pad. Do not apply pressure while wiping, to avoid damaging the optical surface. The forceps mus not in any circumstances touch the mirror or sensor cover glass.

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  8. After each cleaning cycle, discard the cleaning pad and prepare a new pad as described above.
  9. Repeat the cleaning until the full mirror or sensor cover aperture has been wiped once.
  10. Check cleaning status by visual inspection.
  11. Prepare another cleaning pad with optical cleaning fluid and gently wipe the mirror's entire surface with gentle pressure and in a linear direction.
  12. Check cleaning status by visual inspection. Ensure that no contamination remains. If there is still contamination, repeat the cleaning with the optical cleaning fluid.

Cleaning Strongly Contaminated Optics

Dry Pre-Cleaning (Non-Contact Cleaning)


Start by removing any dust or liquid droplet from mirror or sensor cover by using compressed dry air or special duster sprays (dry cleaning gas), without touching the optical surface of the object.

  1. Gently blow off particles from the optical surface with compressed dry air or special duster sprays. While using the spray, do not shake the bottle or turn it upside down.

    Cleaning the FARO Focus Premium Laser Scanner_Fig.1.jpg

  2. Perform visual inspection.
  3. Repeat dry cleaning as required.
  4. Proceed with Wet Cleaning with Water or Diluted Mild Soap Solution below.

Wet Cleaning with Water or Diluted Mild Soap Solution

  1. In a stable rigid base, like a table or transport box topside, remove the laser scanner unit from its tripod.


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  2. Lay the scanner on its long side.
  3. Ensure that the mirror can move freely and is easily accessible for wet cleaning.

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  4. Using dust-free gloves, turn the mirror module into a vertical position, so the mirror points away from the scanner. Secure the mirror with your fingertips to maintain it in this position.
  5. Clean the mirror module (that is, the sensor cover) by rinsing it with water or diluted neutral soap solution in oscillation motion.

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  6. Wait for the cleaning liquid to drain or dry off. Do not try to dry the optics by wiping with tissue at this stage, because residual contamination may cause severe damage to optics.
  7. Perform visual inspection of cleaning status.
  8. Repeat the rinsing step until contamination is significantly reduced or removed.
  9. Wait for the optics to dry.
  10. Turn laser scanner into upright (normal) position and ensure stable placement. For example, place scanner on a table or transport box. Alternatively, use the tripod for mounting.
  11. Proceed to the Cleaning Slightly Contaminated Optics process as explained above.