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ROMER Inc. Rolls Out OMEGA Reverse-Engineering Solution at WESTEC 2009: Entry-level OMEGA Redefines Multipurpose 3-D Measurement

Published: Sunday, May 17, 2009 - 14:23

(ROMER Inc.: Wixom, Michigan) -- ROMER Inc., a Hexagon Metrology company, announced today the rollout of the OMEGA portable measuring arm, their most economical tool for multipurpose noncontact measurement to date. The product was demonstrated in the Hexagon booth at the WESTEC 2009 Exhibition, in Los Angeles, March 30–April 2, 2009.

The OMEGA system is mega-packaged for 3-D scanning applications such as reverse-engineering, rapid prototyping, and noncontact inspection. A complete package includes the OMEGA articulating arm, the R-Scan line laser scanning probe, and PC-DMIS Reshaper software. This entry-level yet full-featured solution is priced at $56,000 (model 2025/9-foot size), and is offered in three additional sizes: 2018 (6 foot), 2030 (10 foot) and 2036 (12 foot). The seven-axis arm is comprised of advanced carbon fiber and aluminum construction, which translates into a very lightweight shop-floor metrology device.

The OMEGA series presents a new series of 3-D portable arms that are fast, intuitive, and promote measurement without constraints. Optimized for reverse-engineering, the R-Scan noncontact laser scanner offers patented infinite rotation for scanning hard-to-reach areas. The OMEGA system also features large-capacity inspection, repeatability, automatic color recognition, and real-time display of point clouds and point data.

Included in the package is PC-DMIS Reshaper software, a comprehensive 3-D point-cloud processing program for users who need to handle rapidly generated point clouds and obtain high-quality 3-D meshes. The software collects measurement data “live” from the arm, and rapidly creates and edits 3-D polygon mesh models, which can be exported in a variety of formats, to either bring into a CAD program for further processing or STL files to print to a rapid protoyping printer. ROMER rounds out the offering with a "technology plus peace of mind" program, which warrantees the complete system (arm + probe + software).

“The OMEGA arm is tailor made for the engineer or designer who wants a contemporary solution for the age-old problem of quickly acquiring accurate surface data from the most complex forms,” states Jeff Freeman, ROMER product line manager. “In the past, reverse-engineering systems have either been very expensive, hard to use, or lacked a well-rounded toolset of both hardware and software to get the job done. OMEGA is our cost-effective answer to this market need. We are confident that OMEGA’s advanced features and ease of use will render efficiencies for a very broad range of reverse-engineering and quality control applications.”

ROMER portable arms play a vital role in verifying part quality to keep production in high gear. ROMER portable CMMs are utilized in over 100 industries, including automotive, aerospace, ship/ boat building, military, off-highway vehicles, tube bending, furniture, machine shops, stamping plants, die shops, and more.

About ROMER

ROMER Inc. designs and manufactures portable coordinate measurement machines for industrial measurement applications in the automotive, aerospace, and general manufacturing applications. The company’s products are sold in 36 countries worldwide under the ROMER and CimCore brand names. More information can be found at www.romer.com

About Hexagon Metrology

Hexagon Metrology serves the high-precision measurement and inspection needs of worldwide manufacturers with its extensive line of metrology hardware, software, accessories, and customer services. The company's name-brand portfolio of quality assurance products include Brown & Sharpe, CogniTens, Leica Geosystems, ROMER, Sheffield, PC-DMIS, DEA, Leitz, and TESA. Hexagon Metrology has an unrivaled installed base of more than 1.5 million hand-held, stationary, and portable measurement devices, and over 30,000 seats of PC-DMIS metrology software. More information is at www.hexagonmetrology.us.

The company is a subsidiary of Hexagon Measurement Technologies, a business unit of Hexagon AB (Nacka Strand, Sweden), a publicly traded company (OMX Nordic: HEXA B). The Hexagon group consists of nearly 8,200 employees located in 30 countries.

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The Coordinate Metrology Society (CMS)—presenter of the Coordinate Metrology Society Conference (CMSC)—is comprised of users, service providers, and OEMs of close-tolerance, industrial coordinate measurement systems, software, and peripherals. The metrology systems represented at the annual CMSC include articulated-arm CMMs, laser trackers, laser radar, photogrammetry and videogrammetry systems, scanners, indoor GPS, and laser projection systems. The CMS gathers each year to gain knowledge of the advancements and applications of any measurement system or software solution that produces and uses 3D coordinate data.