The WLS qFLASH extends Hexagon Metrology’s optical 3D measurement offering and makes advanced white light solutions more portable and budget-friendly.
The WLS qFLASH enables manufacturers of medium to small size parts to measure surfaces and features in crowded areas or shop floor environments.
Easy to use
The Hexagon Metrology WLS qFLASH is a convenient and affordable tool for measurement applications such as automotive plastic parts or interiors as well as small sheet metal and casting parts. Rapid image acquisition, robust carbon fibre housing, Blue LED illumination and handheld operation mode create a fast, versatile and reliable portable white light measurement solution.
Proven technology “The WLS qFLASH comes with proven technology based on the WLS400 product family. It has a small footprint, low weight and is very budget-friendly”, says Aviel First, Head of Sales and Marketing for Hexagon Metrology’s White Light Product Line. “Everything comes in one box and is easy to handle. Together with the new software version CoreView 7.0, we’re enhancing our white light solution offering.”
Hexagon Metrology today launched PC-DMIS 2014, a major release of the leading measurement software for the collection, evaluation, management and presentation of manufacturing data. PC-DMIS 2014 introduces tools and technologies that will help measurement devices perform better than ever, increasing the effectiveness of inspection planning time and making it easier to complete complex inspection routines.
The new PC-DMIS 2014 is featuring over 17 major and 81 minor software enhancements. The new software includes a number of productivity advancements to improve the speed of common programming tasks and the overall user experience.
Based on feedback “PC-DMIS 2014 delivers new and improved capabilities based on real-world user feedback from the PC-DMIS forum and our technical support teams,” said Ken Woodbine, president of the Hexagon Metrology software division. “This release is focused on productivity, and sets the stage for future user experience enhancements already in the planning stage and moving forward.”
A few highlights
Highlights of PC-DMIS 2014 include a new 1-click “QuickFeature” tool for feature creation from CAD models, where users can also create QuickFeatures by hovering their mouse over a CAD model to highlight particular elements. Contact auto features are created from a single click on the CAD model without using menu options or dialog boxes. There is also a 1-click “QuickAlign” capability where users can now select valid combinations of one, two or three features to create a quick alignment. The QuickAlign feature will also initiate manual and DCC alignments when used at the beginning of a part program. These new productivity tools are packaged in a QuickMeasure toolbar with drop-down access to common measurement features, giving more screen real estate to the graphics and the measurement routine.
PC-DMIS includes Copy Parameters and Paste Parameters functions, which copy parameters from one feature or dimension and paste them to another feature(s) or dimension(s) in the Edit window, making block changes much faster. It also rolls out a new Mini Routines feature which can be used to measure a selected dimension or group of dimensions from a long part program. Mini routines offer characteristic-based measurement and the ability to measure one part of a complete measurement routine.
Hexagon Metrology launches the HP-L-20.8 – a new external laser scanner for the latest Romer Absolute Arms – for incomparable performance and high-speed 3D point cloud capturing.
Hexagon Metrology today announced a new generation of external laser scanner for use with the new Romer Absolute Arm. The Hexagon Probe Laser 20.8 (HP-L-20.8) replaces the successful CMS108 laser scanner, offering improved performance even on complex surfaces and work pieces made of the most challenging shiny materials such as machined, cast, stamped or forged metals, plastics, carbon fibre and many more.
First class solution
By combining the HP-L-20.8 laser scanner and the new generation of Romer Absolute Arms, launched in March 2014, Hexagon Metrology offers its customers a first-class portable coordinate measuring system with fully-certified scanning system accuracy. The unique adjustable scanning width of the HP-L-20.8, with a line length of up to 230 mm and a scan rate of up to 150,000 points per second for high-speed 3D point cloud capturing, means surfaces can be captured more rapidly than ever before – no matter what the material. The HP-L-20.8 is the first laser scanner for the Romer Absolute Arm to be certified to the new ISO 10360-8 standard.
Ready to use
The HP-L-20.8 is fully integrated with the Romer Absolute Arm and does not require additional cables or external controllers thanks to the new feature pack. Manual setting of the laser power according to the surface colour or reflectivity is not required as the patented HP-L scanning technology automatically adapts in real time. The multi-sensor technology, seamless change between scanning and probing at the touch of a button, and the repeatable mounting for quick removal and assembly without scanner recalibration makes the new HP-L-20.8 laser scanner the best counterpart for external scanning applications with the Romer Absolute Arm.
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Hexagon Metrology offers a comprehensive range of products and services for all industrial metrology applications. The company launches a new 3D measurement hand-held laser scanner featuring high dynamic range and faster than ever scanning capabilities.
Hexagon Metrology announced today the launch of the latest generation of the successful Leica T-Scan. The combination of Leica T-Scan 5 and Leica Absolute Tracker offers the perfect match to ensure hundreds of millions of accurate points on virtually any surface, from matte black to highly reflective, even carbon fiber all without any special preparation. The Leica Absolute Tracker takes your scanning experience to a new level of excellence in volumes up to 50m (Ø) in a single set-up.
More than 15x faster
Leica T-Scan 5 is more than 15x faster compared to the previous model and has almost double the stand-off distance, which results in more efficient data capture especially in difficult to reach areas. The higher scan rates allow ideal feature recognition, smaller detail detection and much quicker scanning at an approved quality level on all surfaces and colours. The users scanning experience is enhanced with a dual colour guide light and acoustic feed-back. Leica T-Scan 5 is also best qualified for automation and robotic applications, where inspection processes can benefit from maximum laser tracking and machine performance.
“For years the Leica T-Scan has stood for reliability and accuracy in any shop floor conditions. With no need of object preparation, the Leica T-Scan 5 system has never been as simple to install and to use.” underlines Michael Lettau, Product Manager for Hexagon Metrology.
Multiple British, European and World Skeleton champion Kristan Bromley’s technicians use Romer Absolute Arm to optimize sled design and set-up for the Sochi Winter Olympics.
Hexagon Metrology has started a co-operation with the UK-based skeleton racing team Bromley Technologies. Bromley Technologies use a Romer Absolute Arm with integrated laser scanner to optimise sled design for Kristan Bromley, multiple Champion, and competitor at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
Where technique meets with performance Skeleton racing is a high-speed winter sliding sport. The athlete rides a small sled, lying face down and head first. Racers regularly reach up to 145 km/h. “The G forces are trying to push your head into the track, so you really need to feel that the sled is an extension of your body”, says Kristan Bromley. “We place huge importance on analysis and simulation, and with Hexagon Metrology, we have found a partner that provides the perfect tool for measuring and digitizing the sled. With the Romer Absolute Arm, we can scan a sled’s physical characteristics within minutes.”
The Skeleton competitions in Sochi take place between February 13th and 15th, 2014.
The readers of the US magazine “Photonic Tech Briefs” (PTB) have chosen Cognitens white light measurement systems as one of three products of the year 2011.
The PTB readers have voted for the Cognitens WLS400A and WLS400M white light measurement systems as one of three “Products of the Year 2011”. This award goes to the most significant new introductions to the photonics engineering community.
Digital stereo vision
The manual Cognitens WLS400M and the automated Cognitens WLS400A, Hexagon Metrology’s white light measurement systems, use digital stereo vision technology to generate 3D data. Customers can choose between a portable configuration and an automated system, which can be operated with all common industrial robots. The Cognitens WLS400M is the only high-performance 3D white light scanner that can be used in handy mode. The products include LED technology, which enables a broad variety of surface finishes to be measured or reverse engineered.
Dimensional metrology information
Cognitens dimensional measurement systems help improve engineering and manufacturing processes in automotive and other manufacturing industries. Based on innovations in 3D non-contact measurement technology, Cognitens solutions help increase efficiency during critical stages of preproduction, launch, ramp up and mass production. Cognitens provides tools and processes for capturing, analyzing and distributing highly meaningful dimensional metrology information to support different industrial engineering activities such as tooling, part production, assembly, quality and process control. Cognitens, founded in 1995 is today part of Hexagon Metrology group, the world’s largest measurement technologies company.