FARO has released a new generation of its Tracer platform for laser-guided assembly and verification. The TracerSI Advanced Laser Projection System is a fully integrated, optimised solution that includes both innovative, improved hardware built on the successful TracerM product and the best-in-class BuildIT Projector software.
TracerSI uses 3D CAD data to project 3D laser images onto a physical surface and provides a live, visually rich virtual template which assemblers can use to quickly position components with precision and complete confidence. This solution can deliver significant ROI as organisations no longer have to invest in physical templates like moulds or tools that have to be built, maintained, stored or even repaired.
According to FARO, the use of TracerSI will reduce manufacturing errors and minimise costly scrap and reworks costs. The company has documented cases where rework and scrap savings alone have provided payback periods as short as 90 days.
TracerSI will transform 2D imagery and its use in every industrial application as it represents the first of its kind laser-scanning camera, with projection and high-resolution image scanning capabilities throughout its entire projection volume.
As the laser scanning camera does not rely on lenses or conventional image capture, the depth of field is equal to the full projection range, there are no lighting limitations as it is laser illuminated, and there are no limitations on frame size and resolution. This combination of laser scanning imagery and high accuracy projection establishes a new industry standard for repeatable laser-guided assembly.
Feature based alignment substantially reduces the time required for setup. And the system performs high-resolution image scans of the part or assembly to synchronise alignment by matching known features to the CAD model.
Throughout the assembly process, at any point, users can quickly run an image-based quality check and confidently take any corrective or preventive actions to facilitate the end-to-end assembly process. This includes the ability to detect presence or absence of features during the assembly process or at final assembly.
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