New scanner to be used for automated inspection of parts on and off the
LÉVIS, QC, May 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Creaform, leader in portable 3D
measurement solutions and 3D engineering services, has launched today
the MetraSCAN-R series of robot-mounted optical CMM 3D scanners for
automated inspection on and off the production line. The devices will
be world-premiered at the CONTROL tradeshow next week in Stuttgart,
Germany (Hall 5, booth #5108).
Manufacturers trying to remain competitive are facing major challenges,
as they have to answer to a demand for more complex and superior
quality products and deliver them within ever shortened turnarounds and
production cycles. In this context and with existing measurement
technology, they are struggling to achieve high levels of accuracy when
inspecting their parts to guarantee fabrication quality.
Creaform addressed this issue and is now presenting manufacturers with a
robot-mounted scanner that can inspect a wide range of parts directly
on the shop floor, thanks to the TRUaccuracyTM technology and extensible measurement volume. The device's scanning
speed and the fact that is it robot-mountable make it possible to
inspect directly on the production line.
"There was a definite lack in the manufacturing industry for accurate
and reliable devices to carry out automated on- and off-line 3D
inspection processes on complex parts, explains Jean-François Larue,
product director for the MetraSCAN-R series. High-rate serial
production processes require fast 3D measurement systems that can
inspect a part and deliver a conformity status within a typical cycle
time. For us, it was obvious that a scanning device insensitive to shop
floor conditions was the way to go."
Solution for automated 3D inspection on the shop floor
With the MetraSCAN-R series, Creaform is expanding its range of
solutions for inspection applications dedicated to the
industrial/manufacturing sectors. The scanners are offered in two
versions (70-R and 210-R) and designed for automated and robotized
inspection applications such as on-line inspection in mass production
(up to a few hundreds parts a day), on-line inspection of parts ranging
from 0.5 to 3 meters in size, part-to-CAD analysis, supplier product
quality inspection, conformity assessment of 3D models against original
parts / production tooling or manufactured parts against originals.
Benefits of the MetraSCAN-R 3D Scanners
Fast: Inspection of up to a few hundred parts per day, directly on the
Highly-accurate measurements: The TRUaccuracy technology guarantees accuracy of up to 0.085 mm in shop floor
conditions (no matter instability, vibrations, thermal variation,
etc.). Accuracy is determined by the optical CMM scanner and
independent from the robot.
Dynamic referencing: With the C-Track's dynamic referencing mode, the coordinate system can
be literally "locked" onto the part being measured, thus maintaining
part alignment during the entire scanning process.
Automatic alignment: Instant and reliable alignment phase. Optical reflectors allow
automatic detection of the part alignment.
Versatility: The solution can be fully configured and programmed (inspection
programs) to meet inspection automation projects requirements for parts
of various sizes and shapes.
As for now, the MetraSCAN-R is compatible with robot KR5 Arc / KRC4 from
KUKA and Metrologic®'s X4 iRobot software only. Efforts are ongoing to
expand the range of compatible hardware and software.
Creaform develops, manufactures and sells 3D portable measurement
technologies and specializes in 3D engineering services. The company offers innovative solutions such as 3D scanning, reverse
engineering, quality control, non-destructive testing, product
development and FEA/CFD. Its products and services are intended for
industries such as the automotive, aerospace, consumer products, heavy
industries, manufacturing, oil & gas and power generation.
Creaform has developed and sells the Handyscan 3D portable, self-positioning 3D scanners, the HandyPROBE optical portable CMM, the MetraSCAN 3D optical CMM scanners and robot-mounted version MetraSCAN-R and the Go!SCAN 3D white light scanner.
The company employs more than 325 people worldwide, and has offices in
Lévis, Montréal, the United States, France, Germany, China, India and
Japan. The company's head office and Quebec-based offices are 9001 :
2008 ISO certified.