THIS WEEK IN QUALITY: 3D Scanning, LIDAR, 2D Microscopy & More
The Engineer posted on October 17, 2016 |

CyberOptics 3D Scanning Inspection System

(Image courtesy of CyberOptics.)
(Image courtesy of CyberOptics.)
CyberOptics Corporation, a developer and manufacturer of 3D sensing technology solutions, has announced that it will showcase its latest 3D scanning inspection system, CyberGage360 to the European market for the first time at Advanced Engineering 2016, 2-3 November 2016, NEC, Birmingham.

CyberGage360 offers 360-degree 3D scans of complex parts along with a full 3D inspection report that can be generated in less than three minutes. According to the company, little training is required so anyone can check critical features and any deviation from CAD.

“We are excited to unveil the CyberGage360 to the European market at Advanced Engineering,” said Sean Langbridge, global sales director, CyberOptics. “The product facilitates quality assurance by enabling any employee to be an inspector of In-Process QA and Incoming/Outgoing parts whether on the manufacturing floor, in the metrology lab or engineering environment. Customers will benefit greatly from substantial reductions in the development cycle and time-to-market.”

Designed for use in general purpose metrology, the CyberGage360 has a range of potential applications for the aerospace, automotive, consumer electronics and medical industries. Incorporating CyberOptics’ proprietary 3D Multi-Reflection Suppression (MRS) technology, the automated CyberGage360 combines speed, accuracy and simplicity.

According to CyberOptics, the company’s proprietary 3D scanning inspection technology enables customers to speed inspection to less than 3 minutes and generate an accurate and complete automated report of a part comparison to CAD along with critical feature dimensions.

For more information, visit the CyberOptics website.


(Image courtesy of FARO.)
(Image courtesy of FARO.)
FARO has announced the launch of the FARO VectorRI Imaging Laser Radar, a large-volume, non-contact 3D measurement solution with high-resolution 3D imaging and projection guidance for manual and automated manufacturing processes.

“This product introduces a new class of LIDAR with High Speed Imaging (HSI) technology,” said Simon Raab, FARO’s president and CEO. “HSI combines ultra-high speed 3D scanning and ranging with high-resolution 3D imaging and projection.”  

The FARO VectorRI utilizes this LIDAR HSI technology to deliver a continuous stream of high-resolution surface data with scanning speed that is thousands of times faster than any currently-available technology, according to the company.

This speed is enabled by the use of galvo-mirror beam steering as opposed to the conventional gimbal arrangement. In addition, the FARO VectorRI has proprietary 3D imaging capabilities to provide qualitative and quantitative inspection data.  This large-volume, high-definition 3D imaging and recognition functionality allows the FARO VectorRI to detect features within the scan, improving the ability to measure and inspect corners, fasteners, tooling balls and hole centers as well as fitting 3D shapes over very large areas.  Additionally, high-resolution scanning, capable of composing an image of 400 million pixels, provides high-resolution zoom capabilities on critical features.

Engineered to streamline measurement workflows, the FARO VectorRI has built-in functionality that allows users to program fully-robotic, automated measurement routines that can run without any operator interaction.

Users can further eliminate the need for robots by installing multiple FARO VectorRI systems in a SurroundScan configuration, to be controlled from a single workstation in a shared coordinate system, creating a large-scale, metrology-enabled area for measuring parts and assemblies throughout the entire facility.

Additionally, the FARO VectorRI has 3D laser projection and In-Process Verification (IPV) capabilities, providing the ability to project a laser outline of parts, artifacts or areas of interest onto any surface or object.  A 3D CAD model is used to provide a virtual template which operators and assemblers use to position components.

Step-by-step assembly and guidance instructions are projected directly onto the work surface.  Then, using IPV technology, the FARO VectorRI scans any placed components to ensure conformance and placement.

For enhanced operator efficiency, patented topographical (TOPO) software creates a visualization of errors in the form of a topographical projection onto the part or assembly being inspected for quick and easy decision-making. According to FARO, this functionality completely eliminates the need for physical templates or hard tooling and streamlines the production and quality control processes.

Currently, the FARO VectorRI is only available to the FARO Early Adopter (EA) community.  FARO's EA Program provides new products to qualified customers for limited product introductions. For more information on this new solution, or to sign up for the FARO EA Program, click here.

Paul N. Gardner Gloss Meter

(Image courtesy of Paul N. Gardner.)
(Image courtesy of Paul N. Gardner.)
Featuring scroll wheel operation, color display and more, the MicroGloss III Series from Paul N. Gardner Co., Inc. can measure a variety of materials, from paints and plastics to brightened metals.

The instrument’s expanded range automatically measures from very matte to mirror like reflection of up to 2,000 gloss units. Smart-chart software provides smart communication with professional documentation and data analysis.

With intelligent auto diagnosis, the gloss meter is designed to guarantee long-term calibration stability and tells users when to calibrate.

For more information, visit the Paul N. Gardner website.


Titan Tool Supply Digital 2D Microscope

(Image courtesy of Titan Tool Supply.)
(Image courtesy of Titan Tool Supply.)
Titan Tool Supply, Inc. has announced the introduction of an integrated, full HD digital microscope system which operates without a PC. The Omni HD 2D digital microscope utilizes an onboard image processing and control engine to deliver video-image quality at 60 frames per second.

According to Titan, the Omni offers a solution to a broad range of quality control, testing, rework, assembly, inspection and documentation tasks. This is due to its ability to remain in calibration over the entire zoom range.

Control features of the Omni include a custom-designed mouse or GUI (Graphical User Interface) which enables operation of the entire system and a separate camera control station which allows manual adjustments for auto and manual focus, exposure, gain, brightness and white balance.

For more information, visit the Titan Tool Supply website.

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