Smart 3D imager arrays: Metrology sensor provides in-process measurement
The FARO Cobalt 3D Imager is equipped with dedicated on-board processors which the company claims is an industry first.
The smart sensor allows novel multi-imager array configurations enabling industrial manufacturers to 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 colors, 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," said 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."
"We are particularly proud of Cobalt’s patent-pending on-board processing feature, which ultimately helps simplify the integration of the sensor into advanced production environments. Coupled with FARO’s CAM2 Measure 10 software, an unlimited number of Cobalt sensors can simultaneously capture large surface areas or complex assemblies. The configurable field of view, intelligent on-board point cloud processing and resolution can adapt to multiple measurement needs. Our analysis shows that for dedicated inspections of large products or assemblies, a fixed multiple imager array of Cobalt sensors will be faster, more easily integrated, more affordable, more accurate and easier to maintain than purchasing the robot-based imager or laser line systems currently on the market. Yet, Cobalt can also outperform as a robot-based system with its high resolution and data processing speeds in combination with its low profile and light weight."
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.
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