QUEBEC CITY, May 6 (UPI) -- A Canadian company has introduced a new series of 3-D scanners for production robots for automatic inspection of parts on and off the production line.
The MetraSCAN-R series of robot-mounted optical CMM 3-D scanners by Creaform, are being put on display at next week's CONTROL trade show in Germany.
"There was a definite lack in the manufacturing industry for accurate and reliable devices to carry out automated, online and offline 3-D inspection processes on complex parts," said Jean-Francois Larue, product director for the MetraSCAN-R series.
"High-rate serial production processes require fast 3-D 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."
Creaform is offering the scanners in two versions designed for automated and robotized inspection applications such as on-line inspection in mass production, on-line inspection of parts ranging from 1.65 feet to 9.8 feet in size, part-to-CAD analysis, supplier product quality inspection, conformity assessment of 3-D models against original parts/production tooling, or manufactured parts against originals.
Using the TRUaccuracy technology, accuracy is guaranteed to as much as 0.0033 inches in shop floor conditions.