Automated Metrology Systems Use Collaborative Robot Technology

Perceptron’s AutoScan Collaborative Gage and AutoScan Collaborative CMM metrology solutions enable automated 3D scanning and dimensional measurement on the shop floor using collaborative robot technology in addition to the company’s Helix smart sensor and Vector analysis software.

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Perceptron’s AutoScan Collaborative Gage and AutoScan Collaborative CMM metrology solutions enable automated 3D scanning and dimensional measurement on the shop floor using collaborative robot technology in addition to the company’s Helix smart sensor and Vector analysis software.

The collaborative robot concept is based on the operator and robot sharing a workspace and performing manufacturing tasks simultaneously, without the need for traditional robot safety fences. The AutoScan self-teach programming capability allows the robot to be programmed quickly, without the need for offline software tools; each robot position is taught by manually dragging the robot to the next component scan position. All robot moves are automatically written to the part inspection program, allowing subsequent parts to be inspected automatically. AutoScan captures a 3D digital representation of the part, and reports complex form and surface deviations relative to the part’s CAD model, together with discrete information about critical features such as holes, slots and studs.

The Helix 3D laser scanning sensor incorporates micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) technology, and user programmability eliminates the need to physically move the scanner over the part during most inspection tasks. The shop-hardened Vector analysis and reporting software monitors production quality and can also be configured to provide process anomaly detection.

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