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Wednesday, 10 February 2016 15:29

Perceptron Launches COORD3 Universal 5-Axis CMM

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Perceptron, Inc. has launched a full range of 5-axis CMMs complete with the revolutionary Renishaw® REVO-2 scanning probe and a fully-integrated UCC CMM controller and MODUS® metrology software.

Elliott Mills, Perceptron’s CMM Product Sales Director says, “By combining the metrology stability of the COORD3 Universal CMM with the latest Renishaw REVO-2 5-axis measuring system, CMM dynamic error is minimized for high-speed probe motion since all part feature scanning motion is within the REVO-2 head. The REVO-2 is the only scanning system for CMMs that simultaneously controls the motion of three CMM and two probe head axes, while collecting workpiece data using its range of 3D tactile probes, surface roughness measurement probe and non-contact vision probe. It uses laser measurement for precise workpiece measurement at extremely high rates of data capture. Scanning rates of 500mm/sec can now be achieved that are 20 times faster than traditional 3-axis scanning CMMs.

The Universal CMMs utilize a high-technology alloy moving frame design that provides the benchmark for dynamics and measuring accuracy performance. This design overcomes the issues associated with operating traditional build CMM structures, in the typical, less than perfect, CMM operating environments. A CMM thermal compensation system of both machine and part, allows the measuring system to automatically and dynamically compensate for changes in the CMM operating environment. This system allows the CMM to perform with stated measuring accuracy between 16 and 26-degrees C. Gold-plated 0.1µm measuring scales are free-floating in support tracks, eliminating any CMM structural changes from influencing its measuring accuracy.

Universal CMMs have a very efficient design in terms of machine simplicity which improves long-term reliability and ultimately cost of CMM ownership. The COORD3 Universal CMMs have an isostatic design for each axis that provides optimum machine geometrical alignment in the construction of the machine, which ultimately benefits the ability to make accurate field calibrations. Universal has a monolithic base-plate, with integral inverted dovetail guide-way, and a generous 90mm (3.5 in.) x 90 mm (3.5 in.) Z Ram section providing outstanding metrological performances. Direct axis drives, using toothed drive belts, provide the vibration-free motion with zero hysteresis.

Universal CMMs can also be equipped with an optional SZP (Safety Zone Protection System) which uses laser scanners to monitor the defined protection zone when the CMM is in high speed automatic measuring mode. SZP reduces the CMM speed upon infringement of the safety zone by an operator and automatically returns the CMM to its full measuring speed, only after the zone infringement has been cleared. The SZP system allows safe use of the CMM in a production, shop-floor and fully-automated applications.

The COORD3 Universal CMM range accommodates part sizes up to 3000mm x 1500mm x 1200mm. COORD3 has already supplied 5-axis CMM’s to several North American aerospace manufacturing companies.

For more information, visit: www.perceptron.com

The appointment of Terry Wear as the new Western Regional Sales Manager for COORD3 CMM sales and Perceptron’s 3D product lines is announced by Jeff Armstrong, President and Chief Executive Officer of Perceptron, Inc.

Mr. Wear comes to Perceptron from Verisurf Software where he was director of engineering. He has over thirty years of coordinate measuring, metrology and aerospace experience with Mitutoyo, LK Tool USA, International Metrology Systems and Wenzel America Ltd. where he was western regional vice president.

Jeff Armstrong says, “Terry Wear has as a vast coordinate metrology hardware and software background that gives him a unique perspective for customers looking for new and innovative solutions for their metrology needs. Terry’s broad experience in working with aerospace OEMs and suppliers will be of great assistance to Perceptron in the West Coast region. Terry will be located in Orange, California.”

Perceptron (NASDAQ:PRCP) supplies a comprehensive range of automated industrial dimensional inspection and 3D scanning. Products include 3D machine vision solutions, robot guidance, coordinate measuring machines, laser scanning, and advanced analysis software.  More than 900 systems, 12,000 Perceptron measuring sensors and over 3,000 COORD3 coordinate measuring machines are in active daily use worldwide. Headquartered in Plymouth, Michigan, Perceptron has subsidiary operations in the Brazil, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Slovakia , Spain and the UK.

For more information, visit: www.perceptron.com

For more than 20 years Perceptron has pioneered the use of laser scanners on portable and fixed coordinate measuring machines. With the fast-growing application of 3D laser scanning for reverse engineering, production-part dimensional inspection, and as a compliment to 3D printing, Perceptron has introduced the world’s first green laser-line metrology scanner. Highly reflective materials such as machined aluminum and carbon fiber composites have always been a challenge for laser scanners, requiring part spraying with a powder coat, which severely inhibits its practical use on repetitive production parts.

The new generation of ScanR CMM Laser Scanner represents a technological breakthrough solving many of the age-old application problems associated with laser scanning and provides the following enhanced performances:

  • Enhanced dynamic range (Wider coverage of color spectrum and reflectivity)
  • Improved material coverage (Carbon fiber, polished metal, plated metal)
  • Increased accuracy (Thinner laser line with higher signal to noise ratio)
  • Improved edge detection (Sub-pixel optimization)
  • Adjustable data acquisition rate for HQ (high quality) and HS (high speed) operation
  • Large field of view and depth of view
  • Universal adaptability for any brand of CMM or PCMM
  • Laser and electronics package fully contained in the scanner head


ScanR is seamlessly integrated into Perceptron’s TouchDMIS™ metrology software, offering a simple one-touch scanning interface and allowing initial user set-up using tactile-probe with subsequent sharing of the generated part coordinate system. Feature extraction from the generated point cloud allows automatic inspection of part features against nominal feature definitions selected from CAD. Production parts can be programmed to be inspected automatically with scanning zone and parameters adjusted per feature for data acquisition and cycle time optimization.

For more information, visit: www.perceptron.com

SMART3D from Perceptron represents a productivity breakthrough for the reverse engineering and modeling sectors. The system offers a fully integrated automatic rotary table and intuitive easy-to-use SCANWORKS® STUDIO Software. A simple teach-and-repeat process allows scanning of repetitive parts using the ‘Auto Rescan’ Feature. The accuracy of the acquired dataset is significantly enhanced over equivalent data acquired using manually operated scanning systems.

SMART3D automatically provides 3D polygonised models for reverse engineering, 3D printing or graphical web content. The SMART3D system can also be used for the verification of production parts against nominal part geometry data.

SMART3D incorporates Perceptron’s patented HELIX smart scanning sensor technology which is used extensively throughout the global automotive industry for in-process laser scanning of car bodies for dimensional stability and gap and flush measurement. HELIX incorporates MEMS technology and offers the world’s first programmable laser scanner whereby the laser line quantity, density and scanning volume are fully user programmable, negating the necessity to physically move the laser scanner over the part. All scanning motion is contained within the HELIX smart scanning sensor itself, dramatically improving quality of scanned data while maintaining a volumetric accuracy down to 50 microns. The unique HELIX configurable line density allows for scan line intervals programmable down to 0.1mm. Combining the unique features of programmable scanning volume, and line number and density for specific regions of interest on highly detailed complex parts allows for true scanning optimization.  The use of a coherent laser light source in the HELIX provides a larger dynamic range allowing scanning of multiple colors and finishes.  The dynamic range has been further extended by the incorporation of adjustable laser power control and dynamic auto laser intensity.

The SMART3D system is supplied with a fully integrated automatic rotary table that allows for the full 360 degree scanning of parts without the need for targets or best fit alignment. The overall scanning volume is 200mm x 225mm x 225mm which is compatible with the volume of most 3D printers.

From arrival at a scanning location, the portable SMART3D system can be fully operational in less than 15 minutes. The complete SMART3D system is easily transported in purpose-designed rugged equipment cases providing a truly portable solution. SMART3D can be used with a tripod for maximum portability or can be fixture mounted for the more demanding environment.

The scanned dataset is streamed real-time into the accompanying SCANWORKS STUDIO data collection software with automatic full 3D STL model creation. The SCANWORKS STUDIO software comes with a complete package of tools to refine and enhance the completed scan project; the generated STL model can also be used with all major 3rd party point cloud and 3D printing software.

SMART3D user benefits over other portable scanning systems can be summarized as:

  • Absolute measuring System (no targets required)
  • Fast, Accurate and Industrial Grade
  • Portable and Mobile
  • Automatic Data Acquisition
  • Multi-color scan path differentiation
  • Eliminates human influence on acquired data
  • Structured dataset minimizing post scan processing
  • Programmable scan regions with individual scan line density
  • Wide dynamic scanning range
  • Low susceptibility to ambient light and temperature conditions
  • Intuitive ScanWorks Studio software with comprehensive STL enhancement tools

Perceptron’s CEO Jeff Armstrong states “Perceptron has been a leader and innovator in the field of 3D laser scanning in the automotive sector for more than 30 years with global support for our metrology equipment which is used in the most demanding of industrial applications. The SMART3D  product launch extends our position out into the general scanning and reverse engineering sector with SMART3D being the first in a series of innovative, cost efficient products we will be launching with our renewed focus and commitment to gaining a leadership position in this fast growing market.”

For more information, visit: www.perceptron.com

Perceptron Inc. (NASDAQ: PRCP), a leader in non-contact 3D machine vision solutions for industrial measurement, inspection, and robot guidance applications, announced that it has reached agreement to acquire two European metrology companies.

  • Coord3 Industries s.r.l, a leading mid-market designer and builder of a full range of high-quality and high-performance Coordinate Measurement Machines (CMMs), based in Turin, Italy.

  • Next Metrology Software s.r.o., a technical leader in CMM operating software and the developer of TouchDMIS™, based in Prague, Czech Republic.

The total value of the transactions will be approximately $15.9 million, in a combination of cash and assumed debt. The combined companies have approximately $15 million in annual revenue. Management expects the transactions will be accretive by the end of fiscal 2016.

Jeffrey M. Armstrong, chief executive officer of Perceptron, said, "The acquisitions of Coord3 and Next Metrology illustrate the progress we are making to implement our strategic plan. These transactions expand and diversify our offerings in the industrial metrology market, and particularly in the scanning CMM market, which is estimated to be growing at a 15 percent Annual rate. According to Frost & Sullivan, global CMM sales are estimated to exceed $1.8 billion in 2015, with automotive CMM sales at approximately $625 million and aerospace CMM sales at approximately $350 million. By offering a compelling solution in this marketplace, we believe we can help expand the overall market while increasing our share of the total."

Armstrong continued, "Coord3 is a leading, innovative supplier of a full range of CMMs with a growing global customer base. Notably, it is one of only two companies in the world able to design and manufacture gantry-style CMMs used to measure very large equipment such as aircraft wings, complete car bodies and railcar frames. By combining the full range of Coord3's CMMs with Perceptron's laser scanners and Next Metrology easy-to-use TouchDMIS™ CMM operating software, Perceptron moves into a market leadership position, able to offer price-competitive, fully integrated CMM solutions worldwide."

Armstrong added, "Our resources will significantly expand the geographic reach of Coord3, as well as providing direct access for their CMMs to our extensive automotive customer base, a market where Coord3 currently does not have significant sales. Importantly, being able to sell CMMs in the automotive sector expands our addressable market to approximately 70 percent of the total that the automotive industry spends on metrology solutions. The industry-leading solutions of Perceptron's current In-Line Measurement business addresses only about 10 percent of the automotive metrology market."

Angelo Muscarella, the president of Coord3 Industries, will continue as managing director of Perceptron's CMM business, which will be operated under the Coord3 name through wholly owned subsidiaries of Perceptron. Muscarella also will serve as Perceptron's country manager for Italy.

For more information, visit: www.perceptron.com

Perceptron, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRCP), a global leader in non-contact measurement and inspection solutions, today announced that the Company’s Industrial Business Unit (IBU) has named nine additional value-added resellers in North America for its ScanWorks® xyz 3D laser scanning retrofit solution.

“ScanWorks® xyz presents a unique value-proposition to the market because it allows the end-user to expand their existing equipment capability at a fraction of the cost of a new system or alternative scanning solution,” commented Mark Hoefing, Perceptron Senior Vice President. “Leveraging our value-added resellers’ knowledge, experience, and existing customer relationships is the key to successful product deployments. All of the selected resellers have established customer bases in different geographical regions and industries and will allow Perceptron to gain a competitive advantage in the 3D laser scanning retrofit market.”

ScanWorks® xyz delivers all of the components required to add non-contact laser scanning capability to manual 1-, 2- or 3-axis coordinate measuring machines (CMMs), computer numerical controls machines (CNCs) and layout machines.  While an operator sweeps a non-contact laser sensor over the part and captures a precision digital representation at a rate of 23,000 points a second, ScanWorks® xyz software tightly synchronizes the position of the machine and sensor. The end result is a highly accurate cloud of points that can be used for reverse engineering, virtual assembly, engineering analysis, feature and surface inspection or rapid prototyping.

The following companies are new value-added resellers for Perceptron’s ScanWorks® xyz:

Bobier Metrology Solutions, Flint, MI - www.bobiermetrologysolutions.com
Canadian Measurement Metrology, Mississauga, Ont. - www.cmmxyz.com
CMM Specialty Services, Cleveland, OH - www.cmmspecialty.com
Exact Metrology, Cincinnati, OH - www.exactmetrology.com
HS&S Inc., Santa Clara, CA – www.hsands.com
John Blakely Company, Huntley, IL – www.cmmrepairme.com
Measurement Solutions Group, South Glastonbury, CT - www.MeasurementSolutionsGroup.com
MF Inspec, Greenville, SC – www.mfinspec.com
Rapid Scanning Solutions, Seal Beach, CA - www.rapidscanning.com


About Perceptron®
Perceptron develops, produces, and sells non-contact measurement and inspection solutions for industrial and commercial applications.  The products from the Company’s Industrial Business Unit (IBU) provide solutions for manufacturing process control as well as sensor and software technologies for non-contact measurement and inspection applications.  Automotive and manufacturing companies throughout the world rely on Perceptron’s metrology solutions to help them manage their complex manufacturing processes to improve quality, shorten product launch times and reduce overall manufacturing costs. IBU also offers Value Added Services such as training and customer support services. Perceptron’s Commercial Products Business Unit (CBU) develops and manufactures a variety of handheld visual inspection devices and add-on accessories for professional tradesmen that are sold to and marketed through strategic partners.  Headquartered in Plymouth, Michigan, Perceptron has approximately 230 employees worldwide, with operations in the United States, Germany, France, Spain, Brazil, Japan, Singapore, China and India.

For more information, visit: www.perceptron.com

Perceptron, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRCP - News), a leading provider of non-contact measurement and scanning systems for manufacturers, today announced that Paul Joss, Industrial Marketing Manager, will be presenting Helix, its breakthrough 3D metrology solution, at the 2011 Quality Conference to be held on April 13, 2011 at the Embassy Suites Charlotte-Concord Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The presentation will also cover the history of machine vision and how non-contact metrology has become a common technique used by world class manufacturers for quality and process control.

In manufacturing environments, non-contact metrology has historically been deployed two different ways: in-process gauging or off-line part inspection. Due to cost constraints, most manufacturers have been forced to choose one technique over the other. In-process gauging is a high speed/low data density approach where the dimensional characteristics of critical discrete features are measured on every part produced, commonly known as 100% inspection. Off-line inspection is typically a low speed/high data density approach where a small sampling of production parts are measured thoroughly using 3D scanning to assess shape, contours and discrete features.

Recent advances in technology, such as Helix, create new opportunities for manufacturers to alter their quality plans and leverage the strengths of in-process gauging and 3D scanning with a single solution.

More information about the presentation and the 2011 Quality Conference is available at http://www.qualitymagconference.com and more information regarding Perceptron's innovative Helix 3D metrology solution can be found at www.perceptron.com/helix.

Perceptron, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRCP), a global leader in non-contact measurement and inspection solutions, today announced that it has been named as one of the 150 "Best and Brightest" innovative leaders for 2011 and a "Company to Watch” by MDB Capital Group, LLC. This recognition is given to those technology leaders ranking in the 90th percentile or above among 1,500 companies with US patents as rated by PatentVest®, MDB's proprietary, intellectual property (IP), business intelligence database. According to MDB, companies on last year's "Best and Brightest" list outperformed the S&P Small Cap 600 Index by 1.4 to 1 and the S&P 500 Index by 2.8 to 1.

"We are pleased to be recognized by MDB Capital Group as an innovative leader for 2011. This recognition reflects the focus our technology team places on developing innovative solutions and creating a strategically advantageous and robust portfolio of intellectual property," said Harry Rittenour, President and CEO of Perceptron. "We are proud of the portfolio of 54 granted US and foreign patents that Perceptron currently has as well as our 43 additional pending US and foreign patent applications."

Christopher Marlett, CEO of MDB Capital Group, commended Perceptron’s management team by saying, "The Company's imbedded IP value and demonstrated innovation places it in the top 10% of the approximately 1500 technology companies trading below $500MM in market value as ranked by our proprietary IP intelligence database called PatentVest. Our research has shown that this elite group of companies demonstrating above average PatentVest metrics, such as PatentVest Tech Score and the Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of patent applications, has significantly outperformed their publicly traded peers. In addition, companies in this group have demonstrated higher margins and more sustained growth."

A link to the PatentVest report on Perceptron may be found on MDB Capital Group’s website at www.mdb.com

Perceptron, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRCP), a leading provider of information-based process improvement solutions for non-contact measurement and inspection applications, today announced that its automated gauging solutions have been selected by a leading German automotive manufacturer for deployment on a new premium vehicle program. Installation of the systems has begun and will be on-going over the next several months.

A total of 20 dimensional gauging systems will be strategically distributed throughout the entire manufacturing process in order to fully leverage Perceptron’s central server database architecture and powerful cross-gauge analysis capability. The distributed gauging philosophy will afford a unique, real-time view of the production process, allowing the customer to make highly-refined adjustments and instantaneously evaluate the results. This immediate feedback will also aid in efforts to reduce process variation and optimize overall vehicle quality as it provides more effective troubleshooting tools and faster root cause detection.

Harry Rittenour, Perceptron President and CEO, stated, “This new program is the most comprehensive, distributed dimensional gauging system we have ever installed and represents a significant paradigm shift for one of our most important and forward-thinking customers. We are exceptionally pleased by their decision to make Perceptron an integral part of their quality control strategy for this new program.”

In the same facility, the customer will also deploy not one, but two instances of Perceptron’s automated gap and flush measurement solution; one in the body shop and one in the trim and final area. This innovative closed-loop configuration will compare and contrast critical build characteristics measured at the beginning and at the end of the final assembly process, thereby providing a more detailed understanding of how the process itself affects product quality.

Rittenour added, “We are very excited about the benefits that can be derived from this distributed gauging approach, and we are steadfastly dedicated to providing our customers with the tools required to successfully implement such an innovative strategy.”

More information on Dimensional Gauging can be found at: http://www.perceptron.com/index.php/en/-industrial/dimensional-gauging.html

About Perceptron®
Perceptron develops, produces, and sells non-contact measurement and inspection solutions for industrial and commercial applications. The products from the Company’s Industrial Business Unit (IBU) provide solutions for manufacturing process control as well as sensor and software technologies for non-contact measurement and inspection applications. Automotive and manufacturing companies throughout the world rely on Perceptron’s metrology solutions to help them manage their complex manufacturing processes to improve quality, shorten product launch times and reduce overall manufacturing costs. IBU also offers Value Added Services such as training and customer support services. Perceptron’s Commercial Products Business Unit (CBU) develops and manufactures a variety of handheld visual inspection devices and add-on accessories for professional tradesmen that are sold to and marketed through strategic partners. Headquartered in Plymouth, Michigan, Perceptron has approximately 230 employees worldwide, with operations in the United States, Germany, France, Spain, Brazil, Japan, Singapore, China and India.

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