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Scan-to-Path™: Integrated Metrology for Robot Guidance

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3d laser integrated into a production line

With the continued improvement of metrology technologies throughout the years, more and more inspection and manufacturing processes are becoming automated, and for good reason.

Integrated metrology allows manufacturing and production companies to perform inline measurements at production speeds, all while maintaining high standards of process safety and product quality. 

In this post, we’re going to dive into the benefits of upgrading to Scan-to-Path® to improve your processes.

Benefits of Scan-to-Path™ Metrology

Automate your quality assurance (QA) processes for the following benefits:

  • Accuracy: Millions of data points instead of only a few measurements. Scan-to-path­™ technology can measure the shape and dimension of products in real-time. These systems also know when a product does not conform to required tolerances and specifications. Additionally, although operators are skilled, automated systems significantly reduce human errors.
  • Higher Inspection Rate: Measure more parts in a shorter amount of time. Most installations improved to 100% inspection rates. 
  • Speed: Save labor, materials, and time by reducing re-work and downstream processes impact.
  • Repeatability:  One of the most significant benefits is the fact that measurements can be completed without a skilled operator. These measurements can also be repeated for a large number of products automatically.

MAS: The Automated Metrology Experts

MAS has been a leader in the automated metrology space for many years and continues to be on the cutting edge of innovation.
Our ultimate goal is to make your life easier by increasing the quality of your products, reducing production errors, and inspiring continual growth and improvement. Some of our automated solutions include:

3D Laser Scanning Systems

Our 3D inline inspection solutions will help you reduce waste and production errors. Our highly accurate 3D laser scanning systems include:

  • S6000-X 6-Axis Robotic Scanning: This 6-axis scanner is easy to customize and available in many designs. Because there are many models available, each with different work envelopes and payloads, it’s perfect for all types of applications. 
  • S6000-C 6-Axis Collaborative Robot Laser Scanner: Designed for large and/or complex objects, this sytem is easy to use, customizable, and perfect for environments that rely on flexibility. 
  • S6000-P 6-Axis Robotic Laser Scanner: The S6000-P-6-Axis robotic laser scanner has the ability to scan hard-to-reach surfaces, and can even detect scratches and color variations.
  • 3i-FLEX: All of our S6000-C and S6000-X systems use this highly accurate scanner. If you already have your own motion system, industrial robot, or collaborative robot, you can purchase the 3i-FLEX as a standalone product. 
  • S1000-Single-Axis Laser Scanner: Our single-axis scanner can be mounted onto conveyor belts, robotic cells, and other equipment. It’s capable of collecting 3D point cloud data up to every 75 microns in both the X and Y planes.
  • S3000-1 Through 3-Axis Laser Scanner: Available with one, two, or three axes of servo motion, the S3000 is an all-in-one solution that can detect minor scratches, color variations, and other product defects. 

Additionally, all of our 3D laser scanner systems are custom-tailored based on your applications and other requirements.

Advanced Software Solutions

Our 3D scanning systems utilize some of the most powerful and unique software on the market, including our proprietary Series Analyzer and Scan-to-Path™ software package.

The S-Series Analyzer provides manufacturers with powerful measurement tools that can automate inspection processes with ease. You can set up measurements for each SKU one time, load the part model, and then hit the start button. The system will then automatically perform all of the scanning, alignment, comparison, and measurements required to create a detailed report. When you use our S-Series Analyzer with our collaborative robot option, you can even create a new scan program without using a teach pendant. 

You can also integrate our Scan-to-Path™ software into any FANUC robot. With the software package’s adaptive pathing, you can use measurement data to prevent and correct defects, rework existing QA processes, and more.

Improve Your Processes With Metrology Solutions

MAS is a customer-focused company that specializes in automation and metrology. Since our founding, we’ve been committed to helping our customers grow by providing innovative and impactful solutions to customers in the aerospace, automotive, medical, and general manufacturing sectors. 

If you’d like to learn more about our Scan-to-Path™ solutions, contact us today to request a consultation.

Automated Metrology: Transforming Aerospace & Defense

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Airplane turbine jet engine casing open

Maintaining dimensional tolerances is a critical requirement for aerospace and defense contractors. The smallest micro-fissure, void, inclusion, or pit on a component, part, or assembly surface can quickly lead to crack propagation or fatigue failure during in-field use. That’s why you need MAS. Our line of 3D scan-to-path robotic laser scanners can help you identify surface anomalies in real-time, improve aerospace quality control processes, and even lower costs.

Keep reading to learn more about our defense and aerospace metrology solutions, or contact us today to schedule a discovery meeting.

The Role of Metrology

Within the world of defense and aerospace, high precision metrology involves capturing data on surface profiles to analyze the component’s overall quality and safety. Even the smallest defect or fracture on a turbine blade, turbine casing, rotor, or landing gear component can lead to catastrophic failure.

Our aerospace and defense metrology solutions at MAS include Scan-to-path™ robotic laser scanning systems.

The goal of each of these systems is to control dimensional tolerances while scanning and analyzing a surface’s profile. This helps identify any component surface defects that might affect an entire system or assembly’s integrity.

Additionally, because our solutions are automated, you don’t have to wait to QA a finished product—our systems actually scan your product during each stage of the production process, ensuring issues are caught before the product reaches its final stage in production.

Our Scan-to-Path™ software allows you to adjust processes in real-time, using millions of data points. Learn more about how automated metrology can improve your processes below.

Benefits of Automated Metrology

There are numerous benefits of automated metrology. Think of how important it is to capture defects during the manufacturing process, and how much time and money you save when you prevent defects.

Our Scan-to-path™ robotic systems not only ensure your company is manufacturing high-quality components, but also ensures your team isn’t left catching these defects on finished goods during the final quality control and inspection. Here is a list of some of the immediate benefits of using our inline laser scanner systems:

1. Reduced Labor Costs and Assembly Times

Isolating issues in real-time using our innovative Scan-to-path™ laser scanners helps you avoid the high costs of assembling products that won’t meet requirements. This saves you labor costs and assembly times while ensuring your team isn’t forced to rework or repair parts and components.

2. Accurate Final Inspections

Our inline metrology systems will not only help you identify defects during your manufacturing process, but also assist your quality control team during the final inspection.

3. Ensures Compliance

We know that you must meet stringent accreditation and certification requirements. Your company’s performance isn’t just measured by what you charge or when you deliver. You’re measured on repeatability, quality, and accuracy. That’s why our defense and aerospace metrology solutions provide repeatable reports for every part.

Have Questions? Contact MAS Today

Find high-quality defense and aerospace metrology solutions from MAS. You can explore our product line here. All of our products can be customized to meet your unique needs. For questions or to schedule a consultation, please fill out our online form today. We look forward to working with you!