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

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.

Hexagon Earns Design Award

The award-winning WLS qFLASH from Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, is a non-contact, optical shop-floor system that uses advanced blue LED high-power illumination for portable 3D measurement.
Their WLS qFLASH vision measurement system wins the Good Design Award from the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design.

New Certification for Laser Trackers

This is the first hands-on performance examination for portable laser tracking systems used in large-scale, in-place measurement of aircraft, automobiles, ships, power generation systems and more.


Laser Scanners: Products

Portable Metrology

Ideal for measuring complex parts with tight tolerances, the Revolution Series HB Shop Floor CMM from AIMS is the only mobile 5-axis CMM on the market. Built around Renishaw 5-axis technology, it can cut inspection time from days to minutes for many applications, such as aerospace parts, so that shops can gain speed without sacrificing accuracy.
Taking measurements at ground zero on the machine or the shop floor is the name of the game, and here are some of the latest portable metrology systems that can provide those competitive capabilities.

Portable 3D Scanner for Large Volume Inspection

The lightweight, ergonomic Leica Absolute Scanner LAS-20-8 from Hexagon is perfect for manual freeform surface inspections on intricate workpieces, even those with dark or shiny metallic materials. 

Double Your Scan Rate

Able to inspect like-for-like parts in approximately half the time, the RS3 Integrated Scanner from Hexagon is ideal for point cloud inspection, product benchmarking, 3D digitizing, virtual assembly, reverse engineering, rapid prototyping or CNC milling needs in the automotive, aerospace, medical, rail, and energy production industries.
Ideal for point cloud inspection, product benchmarking, 3D digitizing, virtual assembly, reverse engineering, rapid prototyping or CNC milling, the RS3 Integrated Scanner from Hexagon enables shops to inspect like-for-like parts in approximately half the time.