Hexagon MI Arm AS1 automotive applicationClick image to enlarge

Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division has announced that the North American debut of its Absolute Scanner AS1 will be held at FABTECH 2021.

Hexagon says that the AS1 is the industry’s first cross-platform 3D laser scanner for portable measuring arms and laser trackers, and that the modular blue laser line scanner is also the first in the industry to operate with both laser trackers and portable measuring arms.

The AS1 integrates Hexagon’s SHINE (Systematic High-Intelligence Noise Elimination) technology so users can scan most surface types while the SHINE algorithms work in the background.

The AS1 has a data collection speed of 1.2 million points per second, which is useful for any application requiring 3D data within a 60 meter volume. Hexagon uses the example of a submarine manufacturing facility, where the scanner can be used to scan large blocking structures up to and including a full hull using a laser tracker, then attached to a portable measuring arm for smaller, more discrete localized inspections.

The scanning unit can be quickly mounted to the AT960 scanner using the Absolute Positioner AP21 and Hexagon’s patented kinematic joint—the same repeatable mounting system existing on Absolute Arm systems. The scanner unit can be swapped between tracker and arm without the need for time-consuming realignment, setup or calibration.

Demonstrations will be held at regular intervals during the show.

An informational video on the product can be viewed here.

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