Category Archives: Manufacturing

FARO Launches ‘6Probe’ Vantage Laser Tracker 6DoF Probe

FARO Technologies, Inc. has announced its next generation Vantage Laser Tracker 6 Degrees of Freedom (6DoF) Probe. The new 6Probe offers exceptional portability and is compatible with FARO VantageS6 and VantageE6 Laser Trackers, enabling users to build, inspect and measure products faster and with greater accuracy.

The 6Probe is a cost-effective 6DoF solution that meets the dynamic measurement, speed, and accuracy requirements of the most challenging industrial applications. With kinematic self-identifying styli, users can now change probing tips quickly and measure without any recalibration and also measure hidden areas outside of the tracker’s line of sight, with wider acceptance angles. The result is an advanced tool upgrade designed to enhance productivity and efficiency. In fact, the typical user of the new 6Probe can now save at least 30 minutes of time on any given workday.

6DoF and standard probing are enhanced by FARO ActiveSeek, a feature to automatically locate and follow the active target. FARO trackers support the patented Super 6DoF TrackArm solution, which allows the Vantage and one or more FARO ScanArms to work together to create an integrated contact and noncontact 3D measurement system for large-volume measurement. With a range of up to 60 meters (with a 4-meter reach), Super 6DoF eliminates line-of-sight challenges and expands measurement range while maintaining superior accuracy.

The Vantage platforms offer comprehensive, large-volume 3D measurement up to 80 meters, significantly streamlining processes and reducing inspection cycle times while ensuring complete confidence in the results. The Laser Trackers maximize 6DoF measurement capabilities via the optional 6Probe, enabling precise measurement of hidden areas and small features.

For more information about FARO, visit www.faro.com.

LMI Launches Gocator 3520 Smart 3D Snapshot Sensor

LMI Technologies (LMI) has announced the official launch of the Gocator 3520 smart 3D snapshot sensor. The latest addition to our industry leading series of 5-megapixel 3D snapshot sensors, the Gocator 3520 introduces an expanded field of view with the same high XY resolutions, short exposure times, and fast data acquisition rates required to achieve metrology-grade inline quality inspection.

The 3520 continues to grow the types of applications customers can solve with LMI’s stereo 3D snapshot sensor technology, including robot-driven quality control and inspection of parts and assemblies with start stop/go motion in inline production systems.

The Gocator 3520 sensor is ideal for customers who need to perform:

  • Scanning and inspection of machined parts such as automotive powertrain (engine and transmission), body-in-white, wheels (lug nut location)
  • Robot-mounted inspection applications that require stitching of multiple scans to generate complete 360º models of parts and assemblies for surface measurement and inspection
  • Robot-mounted applications where the sensor provides XYZ coordinates to the robot for precision pick-and-place (e.g. structured/semi-structured bin picking)
  • General factory automation applications that require extended fields of view and high-density 3D point cloud generation

Robot-Friendly

The sensor’s larger field of view and shorter clearance distance allow users to minimize the travel distances of the robot arm, increasing overall inspection coverage as a result. This design also offers a greater range of robot movement to support various scan angles.

High Intensity LED Projector and Stereo Camera Design

Gocator 3520’s high-intensity LED projector delivers the short exposure times and fast scan rates required to generate high quality scans with minimal motion blur caused by target vibration or movement jitter. The sensor’s 5-megapixel stereo camera design maximizes data capture by triangulating three ways to minimize occlusion.

And like all Gocator 3D smart sensors, the 3520 doesn’t require an external controller or PC. Built-in 3D inspection software allows for out-of-the-box measurement and seamless integration with existing systems. By installing the sensor on a robot arm, customers can perform built-in hand-to-eye calibration between robot and sensor to easily achieve smart robot inspection leading to a path of greater factory automation.

Gocator 3520 is now available for order at order@lmi3.com. For additional information on this new sensor, visit the Gocator 3520 product page.

For more information about LMI Technologies, visit www.lmi3d.com.

Volume Graphics Integrates Q-DAS qs-STAT with CT Scan

Volume Graphics is now extending data export from its non-destructive testing and analysis software based on industrial computed tomography (CT) to the statistics software Q-DAS qs-STAT. This close cooperation between Volume Graphics and Q-DAS, which are now united under the roof of Hexagon, a leading global provider of sensor, software and autonomous solutions, takes automation to the next level: statistical evaluations can now be fully integrated into a CT scan data analysis workflow.

Volume Graphics software transfers not only the measured values, but also an image of the CT-scanned component (in this case a cast part) into the Q-DAS qs-STAT statistics software package. This enables the dimensions to be clearly linked to the corresponding detail in the report. Visual support makes it easy for users to identify critical processes quickly, as well as weak points and deviations; green bars show time-series of measured values for specific features of the object. Summary graphics like those shown here are an essential tool for the definition of corrective actions needed to optimize a manufacturing process.

Many users want to statistically analyze the quality data of their scanned components. This is often a basic requirement for automated applications. Q-DAS solutions, such as the Q-DAS qs-STAT package, are considered to be the de facto standard for statistical analysis. Volume Graphics had already implemented an option for data export to the Q-DAS software in the earlier Release 3.3 of VGSTUDIO MAX. But now, as an integral part of Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, Volume Graphics and Q-DAS are working on making the data exchange between computed tomography and statistics even tighter.

A first result of this collaboration is the option to also export 3D representations of components or measured features to Q-DAS software. This option was recently introduced with version 3.4.3 of VGSTUDIO MAX, VGMETROLOGY and VGinLINE. In practice, the user simply marks the relevant box in the export mask. The software then adds the corresponding part image to the data to be exported. Users can make their reports, which they define and access with Q-DAS qs-STAT, even more transparent. They can immediately see which measurement series belongs to which detail (see image).

About Volume Graphics and Hexagon

Volume Graphics GmbH has been developing software for non-destructive testing based on industrial computed tomography (CT) for over 20 years. Customers around the world, e.g., from the automotive, aerospace, and electronics industries, use Volume Graphics software for quality assurance in product development and production. In addition to its headquarters in Heidelberg, the company has branches in the USA, Japan, Singapore, and China. Further information can be found at: www.volumegraphics.com.

Since 2020, Volume Graphics has been part of Hexagon.

Hexagon is a global sensor, software and autonomous solutions provider. Hexagon has approximately 20,000 employees in 50 countries and net sales of approximately 3.9bn EUR. Learn more at hexagon.com.