New 360º Cell Enables Manufacturers to Maximise Equipment Utilisation and Return on Investment
Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division today announced the launch of the 360º Cell, a turnkey solution for fully-automated 3D measurement in the quality room or on the shop floor. Designed to optimise the efficiency of Hexagon’s optical measurement technology range, the 360º Cell combines automation components to maximise utilisation with safety features to ensure safe operations in busy manufacturing environments. A modular solution compatible with various robotic systems, the 360º Cell requires only standard electrical connections, making it easy to install and quick to make operational.
The 360º Cell’s default dual-turntable configuration features advanced controls that enable a part to be safely loaded on one turntable while another part is being inspected on the other turntable, ensuring 100% utilisation of the cell. The solution is compatible with a wide variety of fixturing systems, making loading a simpler process and reducing costs for checking fixtures. The 360° Cell complies with the local and regional safety standards in effect in major manufacturing markets, as well as with all EU-standards and regulations. Access to the cell is controlled by a double door and security lock, while the space between the workstation and the robot uses an electronic barrier to ensure operator safety.
“The 360º Cell is a simple and safe way to deploy automated measurement while delivering incredible results in terms of throughput and equipment usage. It is unique in providing zero wait time and non-stop measurement capabilities to maximise productivity,” says Amit Baharal, Product Marketing Manager for Automated Solutions. “The cell itself provides all the automation technology you need to get the best results out of our 3D optical inspection systems, while the sensor technology that complements it has the ability to digitise full surfaces, edges and geometric features without part preparation. It also offers immunity from the effects of vibration, changes in temperature, and ambient light fluctuations, so the 360º Cell is just as effective on the shop floor as it is in the quality room.”
The 360º Cell is available to order from today in EMEA, China and APAC. More information is available through local Hexagon commercial operations and dealers.