Laser Scanners

One Step Closer to the Factory of the Future

As the Factory of the Future learns how to manufacture parts as seamlessly as possible, portable metrology is making major inroads for machine control in large robots used for assembly operations that previously involved very expensive fixed tooling, multiple operators, and many days to accomplish these tasks. 
Laser Scanners: Articles

Cutting Through Surface Noise: Easy Cylinder Head Inspection

At the dimensional test station placed at the end of the cylinder head machining line, LumiTrax technology uses a camera to read the barcode on the side of each casting, then collate the serial number found there together with the different part measurements for upload to a central database.
This high-intensity, multidirectional lighting camera technology makes easy imaging of challenging part features on machined heads to provide a clear advantage for this automotive supplier.

Under the Radar

For inline inspection, Laser Radar devices are mounted to 6-axis robot arms that are located on each side of the production line. They automatically reposition the devices to inspect areas that are hidden from the line of sight of a single device location. 
With a need to focus on monitoring process quality during the manufacturing process, this laser radar system provides a unique alternative to the shortcomings of the traditional inspection methods.

Never Too Dense

With full CT automation, click and measure capability and dual tube technology, the Phoenix v|tome|x m system can perform analyses on an extremely wide range of samples, from high-resolution nano CT of low-absorbing samples to the high-power micro CT applications, such as engine turbine blades.
Advanced scanning technology can now perform 3D analysis of a scanned turbine blade, automatic pour porosity volume analysis on an aluminum casting, 3D measurements with nominal-actual CAD comparisons on a machined aluminum cylinder head – and more.

Replacing Tactile Probing with Laser Scanners

A close-up of one of the XC65Dx-LS laser scanners being used on a continuous wrist CW43 interface. Incorporating three lasers in a cross pattern, the XC65Dx-LS captures full 3D details of features and surfaces in a single scan.
This technical assessment explains how the new inspection methods for diagnostic measurement of sheet metal components and body-in-white assemblies at this Turkish automotive manufacturer involves cross scanners being used on coordinate measuring machines.

How Things Are Measured Today

A former hurdle with laser scanning was difficulty scanning highly reflective surfaces. This would necessitate spraying the object with a matte spray coating to eliminate obtaining reflective data and other extraneous noise. Modern laser scanners feature automatic real-time adjustment of sensor settings for each individual point along the laser stripe, effectively handling highly reflective surfaces or those with varying colors.
Retrofitting CMMs or articulated arms with new laser scanners is one affordable option among many that shops are considering.


Laser Scanners: Industry News

NEXTSENSE Opens U.S. Office

NEXTSENSE provides contactless and handheld profile measurement technology that uses a patented tilt correction method to eliminate any imprecision and potential measurement errors in portable gauges, in-line robots and large stationary systems.
Their first foreign subsidiary in Atlanta is part of a growth strategy to triple sales of their optical sensor technology by 2020.

Met-L-Flo Increases Inspection Services and Capabilities

Their new ROMER Absolute Arm provides 3D scanning that measures any type of part with minimal alterations, regardless of the material or shape.

Hexagon Acquires AICON 3D Systems

The AICON technology portfolio includes portable coordinate measuring machines for universal applications and specialized optical 3D measuring systems that enable efficient, high-precision monitoring, quality assurance and control in manufacturing production. 
Hexagon plans to expand AICON's optical and portable non-contact 3D measuring systems throughout their global footprint.


Laser Scanners: Products

Instant 3D Measurement of Parts

The VR-3000 Series from Keyence provides an instant, non-contact 3D scan of a wide area that has been difficult to achieve with conventional methods. It can easily measure rough surfaces, flatness, warpness, and planarity.

All-In-One 3D Measurement and Inspection

Welding Seam Inspection. The XG-X vision system combines high-resolution 3D height images with ultra-high speed processing to enable inspection that cannot
be done with conventional laser profiling or traditional 2D imaging.
The XG-X vision system from Keyence combines high-resolution 3D height images with ultra-high speed processing for inspection that cannot be done with conventional laser profiling or traditional 2D imaging.

Versatile Dual Axis Measuring and Alignment System

Booth N-6354: The versatile Laser Microgage PRO Dual Axis Measuring System from Pinpoint Laser is ideal for measuring stage and table runout, aligning bearings and journals, checking rail and track parallelism, gauging large parts and assemblies, leveling machinery, measuring shaft and machinery deflections, and more. (first view)
The Laser Microgage PRO Dual Axis Measuring System from Pinpoint Laser Systems can be used to gauge large parts and assemblies, measure stage and table runout, and much more.