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Hexagon Debuts AS1 Laser Scanner at FABTECH 2021

By Hexagon Press Release
The AS1 delivers scanning accuracy within 50 microns in a 60 meter volume, handheld or automated, with an Absolute Tracker AT960 laser tracker.

Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division announced the North American debut of its groundbreaking AS1 Scanner will be held at FABTECH 2021, Sept. 13-16, 2021, McCormick Place, Chicago, IL. In Booth A3326 in the South Building. FABTECH attendees will be the first to see the Absolute Scanner AS1 in action. The AS1 is a multi-use, automation-ready scanning solution for the shop floor. The modular blue laser line scanner operates with both laser trackers and portable measuring arms. The AS1 integrates Hexagon’s SHINE (Systematic High-Intelligence Noise Elimination) technology so users can scan most any surface type at maximum speed and accuracy while SHINE’s algorithms does the hard work in the background. Demonstrations of the product will be held in regular intervals during the show.

The new-to-market AS1 is automation-ready today and tomorrow with a data collection speed of 1.2 million points per second, which is more than 3x faster than the previous flagship tracker scanning solution. This data acquisition tool is for any industry requiring quality 3D data within a 60 meter volume. For example in a submarine manufacturing facility, the AS1 can be used to scan large blocking structures up to and including a full hull using a laser tracker, then attached to a portable measuring arm for smaller, more discrete localized inspections. The scanning unit can be mounted to the AT960 scanner using the Absolute Positioner AP21 and Hexagon’s patented kinematic joint – the same repeatable mounting system existing on Absolute Arm systems. The scanner unit can be swapped between tracker and arm without the need for realignment, setup or calibration. An informational video can be found here.

The Absolute Scanner was developed from the ground up for smart manufacturing applications that require high-speed scanning within automated cells and assembly structures located in-line, near-line or in the quality room. For small to medium size parts or products, the scanner unit can be mounted to any current-generation Absolute Arm 7-axis system for scanning and hidden area inspection with scanning accuracy of 16 microns within a measurement volume from 2 - 4.5 meters. 

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