Smart 3D imager arrays
February 12, 2016 4:15 pm
A new class of automated metrology sensor provides sophisticated in-process measurement, minimising integration and infrastructure costs
FARO Technologies announces highly adaptable 3D imager arrays that promise to drive automated industrial manufacturing metrology processes to the next level. The new FARO Cobalt 3D Imager is equipped with dedicated on-board processors – an industry first. The smart sensor allows unique multi-imager array configurations enabling industrial manufacturers to significantly improve productivity and operations in a way never before possible. An unlimited number of 3D imagers can be placed in array configurations virtually anywhere in a manufacturing process – all scanning simultaneously and controlled by a single computer. Ideal for integration within the production environment, Cobalt can also be installed in more conventional ways, such as in conjunction with a rotary table, robot, or industrial inspection cell. Combining blue light projection, stereo cameras and powerful on-board processing, Cobalt captures and processes millions of 3D data points in seconds. With high resolution, automatic exposure and high dynamic range, Cobalt expertly handles complex parts with fine details, varying colours, textures and reflectivity. Cobalt delivers fast and consistent measurements, independent of the operator, for quality inspection and reverse engineering applications on parts, assemblies, and tools. “The FARO Cobalt 3D Imager delivers reliable and accurate 3D scan data within an automated workflow. With no restrictions on the number of sensors in an array, the sky is the limit for improving inspection cycle time, making it an exciting new product that enhances the FARO portfolio for in-process or near-process inspection,” stated Dr. Simon Raab, FARO’s President and CEO. “The price and capabilities of Cobalt make it a cost-effective, versatile, and convenient tool that delivers a rapid return on investment for customers in a variety of metrology and product design applications.” The FARO Cobalt 3D Imager is designed for quick and easy integration onto the production floor, and seamlessly connects with the full-featured FARO CAM2 Measure 10 metrology software.