High-Productivity 3D Laser Scanner Comes to Hexagon’s Absolute Arm

The RS6 Laser Scanner is the New Flagship 3D Scanner for the Absolute Arm 7-Axis

16 July 2019
Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division has today launched the RS6 Laser Scanner, a cutting-edge 3D laser scanner for the new generation of Absolute Arm portable measuring arm systems that was launched in 2018. This new scanner offers extremely high-density point-cloud data collection at high speeds and high accuracy. The RS6 delivers unmatched productivity improvements over competing scanning solutions through the introduction of SHINE – an advanced set of algorithms that allows RS6 to measure at the highest quality and accuracy setting with no reduction in laser scan line width or scanning frame rate.

The RS6 Laser Scanner boasts a scan line that is 150 millimetres wide at mid-range, representing a greater than 30 percent increase in surface area covered by each scan movement compared to the previous generation Absolute Arm laser scanner. The scanner also measures faster than its predecessor, with a threefold increase in frame rate to 300 Hertz, meaning scanning can be performed three times faster with no loss of point-cloud detail.

“Often, the problem with high performance laser scanners is that their advertised acquisition speeds seem incredible, yet when you measure with them in the real world, provisos and conditions mean that the performance isn’t actually that special,” says Anthony Vianna, Product Manager for Absolute Arm systems. “With the RS6, we’re providing a scanner that doesn’t leave the user disappointed in this way. Our new SHINE technology means that users can scan at full speed with the full laser width all of the time, on all parts.”

This new SHINE technology means that the RS6 is both better and easier to use than competitor scanners. There’s no need to learn many complex combinations of settings depending on accuracy and surface-type requirements; with SHINE, the RS6 is permanently ready to scan any material at full accuracy with no reduction in frame rate, scan line width or data quality.

Just like the RS5 Laser Scanner, the RS6 can be completely removed from the arm in just seconds to allow for easier handling when not in use. Thanks to its innovative repeatable mounting system, it can then be remounted just as quickly and with no need for recalibration when scanning functionality is again required. The RS6 also boasts a unique laser targeting grid designed to simplify measurement alignment. Combined with the numerous usability features built into the new generation of Absolute Arm models, the RS6 is laser-focused on making it easier to scan better.

“This is an exciting launch because we’re taking the scanning performance of the Absolute Arm 7-Axis to another level without compromising usability,” says Stephan Amann, Business Director for the Absolute Arm range. “What we wanted is to provide a scanner that allows any user to walk up and measure, without worrying about settings. We want the data quality to be excellent, regardless of how experienced the user is.”

The RS6 Laser Scanner is available to order immediately from local Hexagon representatives around the world, with the first units shipping in August 2019. It is available for purchase as a complete system with a new Absolute Arm 7-Axis, and as a retro-fit for already purchased current generation Absolute Arm 7-Axis systems.
About Hexagon's Manufacturing Intelligence Division
Hexagon is a global leader in sensor, software and autonomous solutions. We are putting data to work to boost efficiency, productivity, and quality across industrial, manufacturing, infrastructure, safety, and mobility applications.

Our technologies are shaping urban and production ecosystems to become increasingly connected and autonomous – ensuring a scalable, sustainable future.

Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division provides solutions that utilise data from design and engineering, production and metrology to make manufacturing smarter.

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RS6 Laser Scanner

The RS6 Laser Scanner is the cutting-edge 3D sensor that makes the Absolute Arm 7-Axis complete.

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