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MetraSCAN 3D Scanner
Unexpected costs, production and part approval delays from non-conformities are no longer an issue when using Creaform’s portable optical CMM 3D scanner, the MetraSCAN 3D.
The system addresses reverse engineering and dimensional inspection of production tools, jigs, assemblies, sub-assemblies or final products ranging from 1 to 3.5 m with an accuracy of up to 0.064mm.
Optical metrology provides measurement accuracy that is insensitive to the instabilities of the environment. The MetraSCAN represents the most complete metrology-grade 3D scanner on the market. Get ready to experience true quality control on your shop floor.
• 1.5x more accurate
• 12x faster with 7 laser crosses
• 25% lighter
• Scan any material, even black, multicolored & shiny surfaces
• Greater volume of 16.6 m3 (586 ft3)
• Sturdy design for shop-floor hardware reliability
• Multi-function buttons for easier interaction
Inspection on the Production Floor: Why, When, and How.For many production managers, measuring parts directly on the production floor means fewer alignments and manipulations, which is one of the keys to more efficient production processes. However, quality control teams may be more reluctant to inspect on the shop floor and prefer to redirect measured parts to the lab, where the control will be performed on the CMM.
Inspection directly on the shop floorWHY1. To unload the CMMBecause CMMs are very accurate metrology instruments, they are very popular for inspection and quality control. Therefore, they are extremely loaded. Among the tactics employed to unload the CMM is prioritizing inspection directly on the production floor, especially if the measured parts are large and cannot be moved easily.2. To enable measurements at intermediate stepsWaiting until the end of the production to inspect the manufactured parts may be risky and hazardous. It is usually not easy to locate where specific issues occur, especially if the manufacturing process comprises many steps. Thus, deciding to wait may save time in the short term, but can quickly become a headache later on. Action today can prevent a crisis tomorrow. Measurements at intermediate steps, therefore, are paramount to better quality control. In addition, they must be performed on the production floor to minimize manipulations of parts, especially when they are large and heavy.3. To enhance the quality of the products Because more measurements can be done on the production floor than on the CMM, more parts can be inspected. The inspection frequency can also be increased due to the availability of measuring tools. All this has a major impact on the quality of the products. WHENWhenever you want! Inspection on the production floor gives production teams more autonomy, better capabilities, and greater independence. They no longer need to rely on the CMMs, which are already extremely loaded, nor do they have to wait for a quality control department, which is very busy. They can use another metrology tool, one with a level of accuracy that is not overkill for the tolerances typically required in the industry. With the possibility of measuring parts whenever they want, at any intermediate step, production teams can perform better quality controls. HOW
Inspection on the production floor requires a tool suitable to take measurements in an industrial environment. The metrology tool must be portable, compact, and easy to use.Some metrology tools are more sensitive to environment instabilities than others. In those particular cases, it is important to track any vibrations that could impact the measurement system and to minimize the induced error. Another solution is to use an optical technology. In addition to being portable and suitable for industrial conditions, optical metrology provides measurement accuracy that is insensitive to the instabilities of the environment.
Remember, if the measured part moves, vibrates, or oscillates during the measurement, then the inspection and quality testing are not valid (study showing the user’s impact on the measurement). This enhances the importance of having a rigid measurement setup or a reference system that is locked to the part itself. Dynamic referencing gives this flexibility by optically tracking the measured part and the measuring tool at the same time.Inspection on the production floor, therefore, requires fewer manipulations, which means less error accumulation and less pressure on quality control operators. It also reduces the amount of back and forth in the lab, which means fewer bottlenecks at the CMM. All tooling remains available for production, which minimizes delays and accelerates customer approval. For all of these reasons, inspection done directly on the production floor leads to more efficient production processes, saving time and money.
Optical metrology technologies