ZEISS' New 3D Solution Yields Intelligent Automation

CAPTURE 3D, a ZEISS company, has announced the ZEISS ScanBox Series 5 — the latest addition to its collection of automated 3D scanning and inspection solutions. Particularly, as a leading provider of innovative 3D digitizing solutions, the company developed the solution for industrial environments.

The new series replaces the former proven and successful ScanBox Series 5 models with further enhanced optical 3D measuring machines. Moreover, it features a modular concept designed to meet the demands of modern production. Among them are such as a new faster robot module for increased scanning speed, an integrated control tower for greater efficiency, a rotation table with a load capacity of up to two tons, and modular components for an adaptable floorplan layout.

Developing a reliable automation strategy continues to be a critical success factor for modern manufacturers. Apparently, to meet the demands of the changing landscape while improving quality control and dimensional inspection, whether near-line, at-line, or in-line production. The ZEISS ScanBox Series 5 solves this need with its ATOS 5 high-speed 3D sensor compatibility. In addition, it comes with an easy-to-program and operate interface to program complex measurements with the touch of a button.

“In today’s manufacturing environment, having the right automation strategy is key to increasing throughput and productivity while minimizing costs. The ZEISS ScanBox Series 5 capitalizes on strengths that already have made the series part of our customers’ success while upgrading essential features to deliver an automated solution that saves companies time and money,” said CAPTURE 3D General Manager Richard White.

Hardware, Software Integration for Full Automation

The new model series consists of three off-the-shelf versions for different part or tooling size requirements: ZEISS ScanBox 5110, ZEISS ScanBox 5120, and ZEISS ScanBox 5130. The previous ScanBox Series 5 solutions have high demand in the aerospace, automotive, consumer goods, medical, and power generation industries. Moreover, the solutions digitize and inspect parts ranging from turbine blades, knee implants, injection molded components, assemblies, and automotive sheet metal panels, to aerospace structures.

ZEISS ScanBox Series 5 features the ATOS 5 blue light 3D scanner for the fast digitalization of various complex parts such as plastics, metals, or castings. The automated solution offers two entrance options to fit the user’s unique needs.

The robot module consists of a FANUC M20iD/25 robotic arm secured on a floor mount. Most importantly, users with little to no robotics experience can easily plan and program measuring sequences using the Virtual Measuring Room (VMR) software module. By programming the measuring routine within the VMR, the robot intuitively moves the ATOS 5 sensor to optimal scanning positions, enabling the fully automated execution of measurement sequences.

After importing the CAD data and the corresponding measurement plan, the software computes the required sensor positions and robot paths. With a complete, detailed geometric digital twin of the physical part, users can compare the data against the CAD model and visualize GD&T deviations and details like trimming and hole positions. Hence, users can display inspection results in a comprehensive report with images, tables, diagrams, texts and graphics for detailed trend/SPC analysis.

Adapts to Changing Customer Needs

The control tower, rotation table and robot modules are identical across each ZEISS ScanBox Series 5 model. Hence, allowing users to expand the layout by adding additional working areas or components as needs change. The entrance of the 5110 and 5120 models can be equipped with either a door or a safety light curtain. The 5130 model comes with a safety light curtain to accommodate larger test components, such as automotive sheet metal closures.

A pallet loading system can supplement the ZEISS ScanBox 5120 and 5130 models. Positioning pins enable the fast and reproducible loading of pallets for increased throughput.

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