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Hexagon Launches New Generation of 3-D White Light Measurement Systems

New white light sensor for portable and automated 3-D measurement systems.

Published: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 22:35

(Hexagon Metrology: North Kingstown, RI) -- Hexagon Metrology Inc. has announced the immediate availability of their new white light measurement products in North America. The manual measurement system CognitensWLS400M and the automated measurement system CognitensWLS400A replace all former white light products from Hexagon Metrology.

Hexagon Metrology developed both hardware and software for these new systems. Customers can choose between a portable configuration and an automated system which can be operated with all common industrial robots. Cognitens systems are always turnkey solutions including the software suite CoreView by Hexagon Metrology. CoreView version 5.0 software has been configured to achieve improved utilization of the operating system, memory management, and third-party 64-bit software. This enhancement is critical in speeding up large point cloud processing and CAD utilization. In one case study, processing time was cut by 80 percent.

"The WLS400 uses digital stereo vision technology to generate highly accurate 3-D data," says Eric Hollenbeck, North American portable business manager. "The automotive and aerospace industry has embraced this technology because it accelerates quality control and performs well in vibration-prone shop floor environments. The problem of vibration is resolved by the WLS400's ability to shoot and capture 3-D surface data in less than 10 milliseconds, as compared to the competitor's rate of one to two seconds. Due to the ultra-fast data acquisition rate, any vibration in frequencies up to hundreds of Hertz do not affect the results. The outcome is higher data integrity (no ghosting) and no repeat measurements. The device's performance is also not impacted by variable lighting or temperature changes."

The new product generation comes with innovative, reliable, and safe Blue Light LED technology, which enables a greater variety of surface finishes to be measured or reverse engineered. This advancement virtually eliminates the use of spray-on developers in all but the most extreme cases.

About Cognitens

Cognitens is the leading provider of 3-D optical measurement solutions for industrial applications. Cognitens dimensional measurement systems help improve engineering and manufacturing processes in automotive and other manufacturing industries. Based on innovations in 3-D non-contact measurement technology, Cognitens solutions help increase efficiency during critical stages of preproduction, launch, ramp up, and mass production. Cognitens provides tools and processes for capturing, analyzing, and distributing highly meaningful dimensional metrology information to support different industrial engineering activities such as tooling, part production, assembly, quality, and process control. Cognitens, founded in 1995, is today part of Hexagon Metrology group, the world's largest measurement technologies company. Visit online at www.cognitens.com.


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