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Creaform Is Making Automated Quality Control Accessible with a New, Versatile and Intuitive Hybrid Solution

By Eric Van Rees - 17th April 2024 - 05:02

The company’s main handheld lineups can now easily be used as automated solutions, with this newly developed Hybrid Solution that combines cobot, digital twin software and workstation, for a flexible and affordable self-operating quality control experience.

Creaform, a business unit of AMETEK, and the worldwide provider of automated and portable 3D measurement solutions, launches the Automation Kit that can turn the HandySCAN 3D and MetraSCAN 3D portable 3D scanner families into fully fledged solutions for automated quality control (AQC) applications. Outfitted with a collaborative robot (cobot) and all related equipment, the actual workstation allows the operator to use the 3D scanners in portable mode as well as in automated mode. A safe solution that is easy to both install and deploy.

True model of interconnectedness, the solution interfaces seamlessly with the VXscan-R digital twin environment and thus becomes an all-in-one, user-friendly system for anyone to use, even workers who are unaccustomed or unfamiliar with the technology. And with features such as a smaller footprint, a light and compact design, and an affordable total cost of ownership, the Hybrid Solution is part of a noble effort to democratize access to automated solutions and automation as a whole.

“Given the intrinsic safety of the equipment and the intuitiveness of its implementation compared to custom solutions on the market, explains Mathieu Desmarais, Product Manager at Creaform, this turnkey package is particularly well suited for SMEs and other companies taking their first steps in the automation realm.” He then adds that: “When mounted to a cobot, the scanners boast several benefits such as a gain in productivity and a reduction in the potential for error. But at any point, the HandySCAN 3D or MetraSCAN 3D can be used in a portable manner, to enhance versatility and eliminate the need to move workpieces around.”

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