Steinbichler Optotechnik to Present High-End Sensors and Software for 3D Digitalisation at CONTROL 2013

Steinbichler Optotechnik GmbH from Neubeuern, the worldwide leading provider of optic measuring and sensor technology, will be presenting the new COMET 6 16M high-end sensor for 3D digitalisation at CONTROL (hall 5 stand 5304). "The extremely innovative sensor concept of the STEINBICHLER COMET 6 16M combines the latest technology with ergonomics and a compact design, which provides the greatest flexibility and precision for challenging tasks", explained Herbert Daxauer, 3D Digitalisation Product Manager. "Thanks to the 16 megapixel camera, the high-resolution sensor offers a previously unobtainable level of precision for the digitalisation of delicate objects for uses requiring an extraordinary amount of detail."

The unique concept of the STEINBICHLER COMET 6 16 M is based on a modular structure with the tried-and-tested single-camera technology so that the measurement field size can be quickly adapted to the measuring task at hand. The compact sensor design and new handling system guarantee maximum user friendliness and ergonomic operation. The sensor can be adjusted particularly easily, precisely and quickly – allowing the user to operate the system intuitively and conveniently.

In addition, the STEINBICHLER COMET 6 16M is extremely flexible, enabling the user to choose between high-resolution and maximum speed at any time and thus optimum performance for the application. The low working distance even with large measuring fields enables simple, time-saving handling, especially in confined spaces. The ability to simply and quickly change the measurement field makes it easy to adapt the system to the broadest range of objects and uses.

One core element of the STEINBICHLER COMET 6 16 M is the new projection unit, which is distinguished by an extremely bright LED technology and an innovative projection lens. The adaptive projection integrated in the sensor enables adaptation of the projected light to the respective object surface. Undesired effects, such as glare, are thereby minimised.

An additional CONTROL highlight from Steinbichler Optotechnik is the new colin3D software for data recording, data processing and for simple data comparison. The software platform is a powerful expansion for COMET, COMET photogrammetry and T-SCAN sensors and is thus ideally attuned to these systems. The program independently identifies the ideal strategies for consolidating individual images (matching) and guides the user to an optimal result using a completely redesigned, project-oriented user interface. Thanks to the new CAD integration, the user receives continual feedback about the component surfaces that still need to be captured.

To quickly and efficiently position the T-SCAN system, the measurement field and scanner can be optionally displayed in colin3D, making it easier to determine the ideal tracker position. Measuring programs for applications using the rotary tables COMETrotary and COMETdual rotary can be easily created and executed. All individual measurements in a measurement sequence are subjected to quality checks and automatically repeated if necessary.

Based on years of programming experience with 64-bit operating systems and the corresponding hardware such as graphics cards and multi-processor systems, the new colin3D algorithms achieve maximum performance and data quality. Thanks to the extremely user friendly, streamlined user interface, little training is required and the software is easy to work with. Adapted to the workflow, the standardised menu structure is logically and incrementally built and only contains the setting options that are of relevance to the application.

To monitor the components, the scan data can be compared on the surface of a CAD model using a simple best fit alignment. "colin3D contains a simple false colour portrayal with a colour gradient and fixed values. To more precisely analyse deviations, users can place the flyers on the surface individually," explained Herbert Daxauer. Logs for documenting the measurement results can be easily and quickly generated and managed.

About Steinbichler
Steinbichler Optotechnik GmbH is well-known around the world for its years of expertise in high-precision optical measurement and sensor technology as well as for efficient hardware and software solutions designed primarily to cater to the needs of the automotive, aerospace and tire industries. Founded in 1987 and headquartered in Neubeuern, Germany, the international company today has a staff of 200 employees. In addition to a worldwide distributor network, Steinbichler has subsidiaries in the USA, Brazil, China, India, Portugal, France, England and Russia. Reference customers include Airbus, Audi, BMW, Boeing, Daimler, EADS, Siemens, Sony and Thyssen. For further information about Steinbichler Optotechnik please visit us online at (optical measurement systems) and (automation).