Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division has launched the RS6 Laser Scanner, a cutting-edge 3D laser scanner for the new generation of Absolute Arm portable measuring arm systems that was launched in 2018. This new scanner offers extremely high-density point-cloud data collection at high speeds and high accuracy. The RS6 delivers unmatched productivity improvements over competing scanning solutions through the introduction of SHINE – an advanced set of algorithms that allows RS6 to measure at the highest quality and accuracy setting with no reduction in laser scan line width or scanning frame rate.
The RS6 Laser Scanner boasts a scan line that is 150 millimeters wide at mid-range, representing a greater than 30 percent increase in surface area covered by each scan movement compared to the previous generation Absolute Arm laser scanner. The scanner also measures faster than its predecessor, with a threefold increase in frame rate to 300 Hertz, meaning scanning can be performed three times faster with no loss of point-cloud detail.
“Often, the problem with high-performance laser scanners is that their advertised acquisition speeds seem incredible, yet when you measure with them in the real world, provisos and conditions mean that the performance isn’t actually that special,” said Anthony Vianna, product manager for Absolute Arm systems. “With the RS6, we’re providing a scanner that doesn’t leave the user disappointed in this way. Our new SHINE technology means that users can scan at full speed with the full laser width all of the time, on all parts.”
The SHINE technology means that the RS6 is both better and easier to use than other scanners. There’s no need to learn many complex combinations of settings depending on accuracy and surface-type requirements; with SHINE, the RS6 is permanently ready to scan any material at full accuracy with no reduction in frame rate, scan line width or data quality.
Just like the RS5 Laser Scanner, the RS6 can be completely removed from the arm in just seconds to allow for easier handling when not in use. Thanks to its innovative repeatable mounting system, it can then be remounted just as quickly and with no need for recalibration when scanning functionality is again required. The RS6 also boasts a unique laser targeting grid designed to simplify measurement alignment.
“This is an exciting launch because we’re taking the scanning performance of the Absolute Arm 7-Axis to another level without compromising usability,” said Stephan Amann, business director for the Absolute Arm range. “What we wanted is to provide a scanner that allows any user to walk up and measure, without worrying about settings. We want the data quality to be excellent, regardless of how experienced the user is.”
The RS6 Laser Scanner is available to order, with the first units shipping in August 2019.
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