Hexagon's Manufacturing Intelligence Division has announced the HP-L-10.10, a non-contact, laser-based sensor for coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) that gives manufacturers the ability to perform dimensional measurements at touch-probe-like speeds and inspect virtually any surface quickly.
Manufacturers using CMMs to measure critical parts have traditionally focused on accuracy over speed. The HP-L-10.10 sensor uses Hexagon's newest cross-platform laser line scanning technology to deliver repeatability and performance similar to tactile measurements performed on the same CMM. In addition, it can measure 600,000 individual points per second with a probing form error of only 8 μm, quickly generating a complete, high-resolution digital representation of a part, suitable for both surface inspection and detailed feature inspection. Although laser scanning is already possible on CMMs, the HP-L-10.10 is 7 times faster than its predecessor and provides high accuracy scanning.
The new sensor uses Hexagon's Shine (systematic intelligent uncertainty removal) technology, which enables scanning of almost any part surface or finish with maximum speed and accuracy, without user intervention.
"We are convinced that the line laser scanner is revolutionary, because it combines speed, flexibility and precision without sacrificing any one of these features at the expense of another.says Patryk Wroclawski, product manager for laser & non-contact triangulation. The HP-L-10.10 redefines what we can achieve with a single tool, so that our customers can exploit the extended measurement data for processing beyond the quality of the final part. They can, for example, be used for new product development or for continuous improvement."
The HP-L-10.10 complements Hexagon's extensive offering of CMM sensor solutions, providing manufacturers with greater flexibility and assurance that their CMMs have the widest range of measurement applications, from large sheet metal parts to complex electrical components in vehicles. Available for the Global S line of high productivity CMMs and the Global Advantage series.
Developed in close collaboration with CMMs, Hexagon's PC-DMIS inspection software allows users to automatically create efficient laser scanning paths by generating the necessary scans and motions for measurement. The software can scan a single point cloud with varying density during the same movement. It can be used for both surface inspection and detailed feature inspection. Users can easily see surface imperfections, taking full advantage of the scanner's many features to identify quality problems for continuous process improvement.
When measuring large parts or programming the CMM remotely, usability is greatly enhanced by an integrated overview camera (OVC), which provides a clear view of the work area, with visible guides on the part, indicating the measurement range. The visible guides help alert the quality technician when the measurement range is exceeded, making it easier to create routines and inspect with the PC-DMIS software. The overview camera also improves productivity and collaboration during inspection, for example by photographing an out-of-tolerance part surface, so the operator and colleagues in the production facility can quickly locate the problem.
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