Faro Technologies announces the launch of highly adaptable 3D imager combinations that promise to take automated industrial metrology processes to the next level.
The new Faro Cobalt 3D Imager is equipped with dedicated embedded processors, a first in the industry. The smart sensor allows for multi-frame imager configurations, allowing industrial manufacturers to dramatically improve productivity and operations like never before. An unlimited number of 3D imagers can be combined into frames virtually anywhere in the production process, all scanning simultaneously and controlled from a single computer.
Ideal for direct use in production environments, the Cobalt can be installed in a more conventional way and can be associated for example with a rotating turntable, a robot or an industrial inspection cell. By combining blue light projection, stereo cameras and powerful embedded processor, the Cobalt captures and processes millions of 3D points in seconds. With high resolution, automatic exposure and an extended dynamic range, the Cobalt treats complex pieces with fine details, varying colours and textures and high reflectivity. The Cobalt sensor provides fast and consistent measurements, regardless of the operator, for quality controls and retrodesign applications on parts, assemblies and tools.
"Cobalt reliably provides accurate digitized 3D data as part of an automated work process. As the number of sensors arranged in frames is infinite, there is no limit to improving inspection cycle times, making it a fascinating new product category that enhances Faro's portfolio for ongoing inspection and controls around the production process," said Dr. Simon Raab, Faro's President and CEO. "The Faro Cobalt's price and features make it a cost-effective, versatile and convenient tool that provides a quick return on investment for customers for a wide range of metrology and product development applications."
Simon Raab adds: "We are particularly proud of the Cobalt's (patent pending) on-board processing function, which ultimately simplifies the integration of the device into state-of-the-art production environments. Coupled with Faro's CAM2 Measure 10 software, an unlimited number of Cobalt sensors can simultaneously capture large areas or complex assemblies. The configurable field of sight, on-board intelligent dot cloud processing and resolution can be adapted to different measurement needs. Our analysis shows that for the dedicated control of large objects or assemblies, a fixed combination of several Cobalt sensors will be faster, easier to integrate, affordable, accurate and easy to maintain than the purchase of robotic imager systems or laser line systems currently available on the market. Cobalt can also outperform robotic systems with its high resolution and data processing speeds combined with its slim profile and lightness."
The Faro Cobalt 3D Imager has been designed for quick and easy integration in the production workshop and fits perfectly with Faro's high-end CAM2 Measure 10 metrology software.
Find out more: www.faro.com