What can you do with 3D from Automation Technology?

When new technologies or product offerings are introduced, it can help get the creative juices flowing by seeing example applications. In this case, 3D laser triangulation isn’t new, and Automation Technology (AT) has more than 20 years’ experience developing and supporting their products. But 1stVision has now been appointed by AT as their North American distributor – a strategic partnership for both organizations bring new opportunities to joint customers.

Laser Triangulation overview – courtesy Automation Technology

The short video above provides a nice overview of how laser triangulation provides the basis for 3D imaging in Automation Technology GmbH’s C6 series of 3D imagers.

With no ranking implied by the order, we highlight applications of 3D imaging using Automation Technology products in each of:

Weld inspection

Weld inspection is essential for quality control, whether pro-actively for customer assurance and materials optimization or to archive against potential litigation.

Weld inspection – courtesy of Automation Technology
  • 3D Inspections provide robust, reliable, reproducible measured data largely independent of ambient light effects, reflection and the exact positioning of the part to be tested
  • High resolution, continuous inspection of height, width and volume
  • Control of shape and position of weld seams
  • Surface / substrate shine has no influence on the measurement

Optionally combine with an IR inspection system for identification of surface imperfections and geometric defects.

Rail tracks and train wheels

Drive-by 3D maintenance inspection of train wheel components and track condition:

  • Detect missing, loose, or deformed items
  • Precision to 1mm
  • Speeds up to 250km/hr
Train components and rail images – courtesy Automation Technology

Rolling 3D scan of railway tracks:

  • Measure rail condition relative to norms
  • Log image data to GPS position for maintenance scheduling and safety compliance
  • Precision to 1mm
  • Speeds up to 120km/hr

Additional rail industry applications: Tunnel wall inspection; catenary wire inspection.

Adhesive glue beads

Similar in many ways to the weld inspection segment above, automated glue bead application also seeks to document quality standards are met, optimize materials usage, and maximize effective application rates.

Glue bead – courtesy of Automation Technology

Noteworthy characteristics of 3D inspection and control of glue bead application include:

  • Control shape and position of adhesive bead on the supporting surface
  • Inspect height, width and volume
  • Control both inner and outer contour
  • Application continuity check
  • Volumetric control of dispensing system
  • Delivers robust, reliable, reproducible measured data largely independent of ambient light effects, reflection and exact positioning of the items being tested

Automation Technology C6 3D sensor

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