The LaserGauge® Automation system with RS763 Sensor automatically acquires fit and finish measurements of a vehicle in real-time on a moving line and can be integrated into the manufacturing line by plant personnel or independent robot integrators.
Proven, flexible measurement methodologies that are 100% compatible with all existing LaserGauge® products.
The RS763 utilizes blue-laser scanning technology and advanced signal processing algorithms. This allows the sensor to scan various surfaces on an automobile: body panels, headlamps, tail lamps, window glass, and chrome.
The RS763 Sensor uses Cross-Vector scanning technology that gives precise edge/surface scanning capability unmatched in accuracy, speed, and flexibility. The angular scanning of the edges allows it to see “around” the edges to give more defined edge data for better measurements.
Inspection routines are created and edited using the LGWorks software. Virtual Gauges are configured specifically for each measurement point, and specification limits are defined for each returned value. Detailed graphics and on-screen messages indicate the location and progress of the robotic sensor from one measurement to the next.
Flexibility and ease of setup have are key components of the system. Using a standard Ethernet connection, the RS763 sensor can communicate to a PC, robot controller or PLC using the AnyBus X-Gateway, which allows the LaserGauge® to communicate using any number of industrial networks such as Profibus, DeviceNet, Modbus DP, etc.
Multiple safeguards are embedded into the system to prevent the robot from colliding with the vehicle:
The Fitter's Module accumulates and filters the measurement results from a LaserGauge® Automation station and then displays the results on a separate monitor in the Fitter’s Station downstream for the manual refitting of out-of-spec parts.
The Cross-Vector approach captures a Complete Surface Profile around edges and down into the gap. This results in the most complete surface profile and most accurate measurements from a single scan.
The scanning process is completed, measurements calculated, results displayed in the data table, and the scan plotted on the graph, all in less than one second. The non-contact sensor is able to move from point to point while the assembly line is in motion.
The use of plant preferred integrators or internal resources to install the system, flexibility of the Automation software, and the ease of setup/implementation all help to reduce the overall cost of the system.
Points can be added and deleted from existing routines, and new routines can be added using the Teach Mode, without having to involve the robot programmers. The LaserGauge® Automation system supports 1, 2, 4, or more robots.
The vehicle tracking subsystem means that it can accurately measure consistent positions on a moving line, even when the vehicle placement on the conveyor is not consistent. No stop stations or pinning of the vehicle is required.