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Next-Generation Laser Metrology

Dec. 8, 2012
5X faster than typical touch probes Smaller and lighter, for longer PH10 life

NEXTEC LASER METROLOGY LLC’s “next generation”WIZprobe non-contact optical laser-scanning sensor for high-precision scanning and geometry data collection performs part inspection at 5X the speed of typical touch probe systems.  Compared to its predecessor, the new WizProbe is smaller and lighter, which puts less torque load on the PH10 indexable head interface, resulting in much longer PH10 life. A standard Renishaw probe extension option allows a longer reach with better accessibility to cavities and voids. Additionally, the laser driver offers improved performance.

The Nextec WIZprobe relies on vision and laser technologies that feature patented optics and image processing to deliver fast, accurate and reliable scanning and geometric measurements.  It can handle a wide variety of materials at varying angles and surface finish types, including very shiny surfaces and warm materials. 

Additionally, the WIZprobe advanced calibration algorithm and real-time adaptive control provide continuous automatic self-calibration, “on the fly.”

WIZprobe is available as a stand-alone product kit with customized software packages and motion control for integration into any process control.  Or, it can be integrated into a CMM system.  It offers a scanning rate of 40-50 measuring points/second and a nominal dynamic range of +5 mm. 

Going forward, any new Nextec inspection system delivered will feature the new WIZprobe 7C scanner, the developer explained.

Nextec Laser Metrology systems are based on laser and quality control technologies developed by Nextec Technologies, which developed the adaptive laser solution in 2001.