July 23, 2019
Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division has launched the RS6 Laser Scanner, a 3D laser scanner for the new generation of Absolute Arm portable measuring arm systems that was launched in 2018. This new scanner offers high-density point-cloud data collection at high speeds and high accuracy. The RS6 introduces SHINE, an advanced set of algorithms that allows RS6 to measure at high quality and accuracy setting with no reduction in laser scan line width or scanning frame rate, according to the company.
The RS6 Laser Scanner has a scan line that is 150 millimeters wide at mid-range, representing a greater than 30% 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, according to the company.
“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,” says 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.”
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 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 has a laser targeting grid designed to simplify measurement alignment. Combined with the numerous usability features built into the new generation of Absolute Arm models, the RS6 is laser-focused on making it easier to scan better.
“This is an exciting launch because we’re taking the scanning performance of the Absolute Arm 7-Axis to another level without compromising usability,” says 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.”
The RS6 Laser Scanner is available to order immediately from local Hexagon representatives around the world, with the first units shipping in August 2019. It is available for purchase as a complete system with a new Absolute Arm 7-Axis, and as a retro-fit for already purchased current generation Absolute Arm 7-Axis systems.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.