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3D software eliminates ­programming

November 2018 IT in Manufacturing

More and more industrial users are discovering the potential of three dimensional software-aided object measurement. With the VisionApp 360 software, Wenglor now offers a smart tool that makes 3D object detection possible with up to 16 sensors, and greatly simplifies the combination of individual point clouds for the user.

Comprehensive 360° images and recordings can be implemented without any programming knowledge. Due to the convenient user-friendly interface, the sensors can be synchronised and calibrated via simple parameter configuration. Visual field ranges can be artificially extended and greatly increases the number of possible uses for the 2D/3D profile sensors.

Applications are diverse: objects to be measured can be circular, oval or angular and their surface characteristics play practically no role. For example, the software is used to measure the exact profiles of railway rails using four profile sensors at the same time. A combination of 2D and 3D sensors and VisionApp 360 software can be used for the precise measurement of tree trunks at saw mills, or in the automotive industry for measuring gaps between auto body parts.

The sensors can be set up in any desired arrangement such as next to each other in a circle or a line. A calibration layout with corners can be arranged freely for the application. Measured values are read out via a TCP interface as a combined point cloud, which can be processed with additional software tools in order to obtain the desired results.

VisionApp 360 can be used together with all Wenglor products of the weCat3D range, including profile sensors with smaller visual fields as well as high-end profile sensors with larger visual field ranges. At the same time, individual point clouds from up to 16 sensors can be merged into a combined point cloud.

For more information contact Anastas Schnippenkotter, ASSTech Process Electronics & Instrumentation, +27 11 708 9200, info@asstech.co.za, www.asstech.co.za



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