Perceptron Adds HELIX HDR for Automotive and Aerospace Measuring Applications

By CIOReview | Thursday, April 23, 2015
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PLYMOUTH, MI: Perceptron, a provider of automated industrial metrology products and solutions to manufacturing organizations for dimensional gauging, dimensional inspection and 3D scanning has announced the addition of HELIX HDR, an extended dynamic range version with more power.

HELIX HDR produces a thinner laser line and higher power, coupled with a wider measurement resolution that allows measurement of the most demanding applications including highly reflective surfaces such as finely machined aluminum castings.

The patented HELIX smart scanning sensor is 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 programmable laser scanner, where the laser line quantity, density, length and orientation characteristics are all user-programmable. This eliminates the need to physically move the laser unit during scanning, which helps ensure both accurate and repeatable measurement results. All motion is contained within the HELIX smart-scanning sensor, dramatically improving the quality and accuracy of scanned data and allowing the capture of multiple part features in one sensor position. HELIX contains an imbedded accelerometer to determine real-time sensor orientation and has been developed specifically for advanced robotic inspection applications where the robot moves the sensor to discrete measuring positions from which the HELIX sensor can collect all required measuring data.

The scanned dataset from HELIX is streamed real-time into a shop-hardened control system which uses Perceptron proprietary VECTOR software which allows automatic part feature geometry extraction from the generated point cloud for dimensional analysis.