Planar high-speed measuring machines have been specially designed for use in the sheet metal industry for very quickly measuring or reverse engineering flat parts which have been manufactured on laser, plasma and water jet cutting systems as well as punched and some stamped parts.
Unlike competing systems which have expensive moving parts, the Planar system has no moving parts to recalibrate or wearout. Instead a single ultra-high resolution digital camera is used to acquire millions of measurements across the entire table in a fraction of a second. This data can then be used to inspect or reverse engineer the part. Furthermore, unlike competing systems, the Planar system has optional Line Laser 3D measurement which can be used to measure the cross-section of forms, folds, or simple machined or molded 3D parts. Accuracies range from +/-0.012mm (12μm) to 0.1mm (100μm), and table sizes range from 1.5m2 to 0.17m2.
In around 0.1 seconds the Planar machines can measure a part many millions of times. These 2D measurements of the part’s profile can then be inspected directly or automatically compared to its nominal DXF. The inspection results can be used to detect machine defects and tool wear long before these defects could be spotted by manual means. Planar’s automated first article inspection massively reduces scrap and time loss and is essential in any Just in Time factory environment.
Single Click Inspection
Planar’s AutoInspect function delivers totally automatic inspection. With a single click untrained users can measure, inspect and create and print inspect-ion reports.
No File Duplication
DXF dimensions can be automatically converted into inspection reports. Automated import and AutoInspect then allow a part to be fully inspected by simply double clicking the latest DXF.
Prints to DXF
The Planar machine can automatically convert printed materials into a DXF file. For example it can convert hand sketches, blue prints, templates, faxed drawings or pdf files etc into a CAD drawing.
The Planar machine can import and export most dxf and dwg formats. All output data such as Inspection Reports can be printed to paper, pdf, fax or email generation of reports or files. These include: deviation maps, go / no-go diagrams, inspection reports / diagrams, SPC data, Certificates of Conformance, DXF / DWG / PDF files.
Measuring Oversized Components
The Planar machine can measure components which are larger than the size of the table. The component is scanned in sections and measurements are effortlessly merged by the Planar system.
3D Laser Line Measurement
The InspecVision Laser Line option is the largest Laser Line measuring system in the world with measuring lengths of up to 1500mm, and heights of over 380mm. The Laser Line option allows users to measure the cross-section of forms, folded parts or simple molded or machined parts in around 1 second. Measurements of the cross-section can then be compared to the DXF file to produce inspection reports, deviation maps, go/no-go reports etc. Alternatively the cross-section measurements can be used to assist the reverse engineering of folded or formed parts.