Creaform has launched the MetraSCAN-R series of robot-mounted optical CMM 3D scanners for automated inspection on and off the production line.
The robot-mounted scanners can inspect a wide range of parts directly on the shop floor, thanks to the included TRUaccuracy technology and extensible measurement volume, the company says.
"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," said Jean Francois 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."
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.
The scanners are 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.
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Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company's website.