SOURCE: Perceptron, Inc.

Perceptron, Inc.

April 02, 2015 15:05 ET

Perceptron Launches AUTOSCAN® Collaborative Metrology Fusion of HELIX® Smart Scanning Sensor With Collaborative Robot Technology

'AUTOSCAN' Are a Series of Next Generation Industrial Metrology Products That Bring Automated 3D Scanning, Dimensional Measurement and Dimensional Gaging to the Shop Floor Using the Very Latest Collaborative Robot Technology and Perceptron's Revolutionary Helix Smart Scanning Sensor Technology

PLYMOUTH, MI--(Marketwired - Apr 2, 2015) - Perceptron, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRCP) is the world leader in delivering fully automated dimensional inspection and gaging solutions to the manufacturing floor using traditional industrial robots for both in-line and near-line applications. Now with its AUTOSCAN COLLABORATE-GAGE™ and AUTOSCAN COLLABORATIVE-CMM™ metrology solutions, Perceptron harnesses its HELIX smart sensor, and shop-hardened VECTOR® analysis software with the very latest Collaborative Robot technology.

The Collaborative Robot is designed to allow direct interaction with a production operator within a shared collaborative workspace where the Robot and operator can perform tasks simultaneously during manufacturing operations and eliminates the requirement for the traditional Robot safety fences.

The AUTOSCAN self-teach programming capability allows the robot to be programmed quickly without the need for off-line software tools; each robot position being self-taught by manually dragging the robot to the next required 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 CAD model together with discrete information for critical features such as holes, slots and studs.

Perceptron's patented HELIX smart scanning sensor is already used extensively throughout the global automotive industry for in-process laser scanning of car bodies for dimensional stability and gap and flush measurement. HELIX incorporates MEMS technology and offers the world's first programmable laser scanner. HELIX laser line quantity, density, orientation and scanning volume is complemented by fully user programmability, eliminating the need to physically move the laser scanner over the part during most inspection tasks. Component part scanning motion is contained within the HELIX smart scanning sensor, dramatically improving cycle times and accuracy of scanned data. Up to 200 scan lines per feature can be programmed with automatic feature extraction from the generated point cloud dataset, allowing multiple features to be inspected with the robot in a static mode. The unique HELIX configurable line density allows for scan-line intervals programmable down to 0.1mm. The HELIX smart sensor features of programmable scanning volume, laser line number, orientation and density allows bespoke configuration for each specific region of interest on highly detailed, complex parts and permits configurable part-scanning optimization. 

Proven, shop-hardened VECTOR analysis and reporting software is included standard with AUTOSCAN. VECTOR monitors production quality at most leading automotive plants and can also be configured to provide process anomaly detection.

Perceptron AUTOSCAN Collaborative Metrology user benefits include:

  • Absolute dimension measuring system
  • Comparative gaging option
  • Shop-hardened, fast and accurate
  • Automatic data acquisition
  • 'Teach and repeat' manual part programming
  • Programmable scan regions with individual scan line density and orientation
  • Wide dynamic scanning range
  • Low susceptibility to ambient light and temperature conditions

Perceptron's CEO Jeff Armstrong states, "Perceptron is a leader and innovator in the field of robotic scanning and measurement for the automotive sector; the latest AUTOSCAN COLLABORATIVE METROLOGY products from Perceptron further extends our leadership position into the fast developing shop-floor automated measurement sector."

About Perceptron
Perceptron (NASDAQ: PRCP) supplies a comprehensive range of automated industrial metrology products and solutions to manufacturing organizations for dimensional gauging, dimensional inspection and 3D scanning. Products include 3D machine vision solutions, robot guidance, coordinate measuring machines, laser scanning, and advanced analysis software. Automotive, aerospace and other manufacturing companies globally rely on Perceptron's metrology solutions to assist in managing their complex manufacturing processes to improve quality, shorten product launch times and reduce costs. More than 900 systems, 12,000 Perceptron measuring sensors and over 3,000 COORD3 coordinate measuring machines are in active daily use worldwide. Headquartered in Plymouth, Michigan, Perceptron has subsidiary operations in the Brazil, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Spain and the UK. For more information, please visit www.perceptron.com.

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