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Product News: Helix 3D Metrology Sensor in Beta Trial

Users control calibrated light source for optimal, feature-by-feature scans

Published: Friday, October 8, 2010 - 12:35

(Perceptron Inc.: Plymouth, MI) -- Perceptron Inc., a global provider of noncontact measurement and inspection solutions, has introduced its groundbreaking Helix 3D Metrology Solution.

Helix is an innovative and versatile 3-D metrology platform that enables manufacturers to perform their most challenging measurement tasks with ease and precision. It combines more than 25 years of laser-triangulation and 3-D metrology experience with recent technological advances to create a unique and powerful measuring solution.

Helix manufactures sensors with Intelligent Illumination, a patent-pending breakthrough that allows users to control virtually every aspect of the sensor’s calibrated light source. By customizing the quantity, density, and orientation of the sensor’s laser lines through a simple user interface, image acquisition is optimized on a feature-by-feature basis. The user can configure tightly spaced laser lines for small, complex features, increase the number of laser lines to robustly measure challenging materials, and alter the orientation of the laser lines to accommodate the differences between multiple parts manufactured on the same assembly line.

Prior to Helix, manufacturers had to purchase and deploy multiple measurement technologies to implement a comprehensive quality strategy. Intelligent Illumination drives a single, in-process solution capable of precisely measuring key dimensional features as well as generating full 3-D point clouds and allows a truly integrated, 3-D metrology solution.

“Our Helix solution is the most significant development in sensor technology in the past 15 years, and represents a quantum leap in 3-D metrology,” says Harry Rittenour, Perceptron’s president and CEO. “Nothing comparable exists in the market today. Helix offers our customers a powerful tool to successfully implement their most far-reaching and innovative strategies for the future.”

Manufacturing processes push traditional metrology solutions to their limits with high model mixes, complex material combinations, and unique short-run parts. Helix sensors utilize dramatically increased measurement volume—in many cases more than 100 times that of competitive offerings—to efficiently support those flexible manufacturing processes. Perceptron’s customers can measure more features on multiple models with fewer sensors, simultaneously adding value and improving the return on overall investment.

“The significant product differentiators provided by Helix will allow us to deliver a customized, high-precision, affordable solution,” says Rittenour. “It’s a solution that eliminates the compromises customers have had to make with competitive systems. Helix is the embodiment of value innovation—increased capability without added complexity or cost.”

During the next several months, Perceptron will be installing two beta systems at customer locations and expects to begin taking customer orders near the end of the calendar year. System installations are anticipated to commence in the spring 2011. This is the first stage in a series of Helix-based solutions that will be introduced into various markets in the future.

For more information, visit www.perceptron.com.

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Perceptron Inc. develops, produces, and sells noncontact 3D machine vision solutions for measurement, inspection, and robot guidance in industrial applications. For more than 30 years Perceptron’s hardware and software solutions have helped manufacturers manage their complex manufacturing processes to improve quality, shorten product launch times and reduce costs. Perceptron also offers training and customer support services.