Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence has released a new portable laser scanner for large-volume inspection applications. Created with a focus on usability, the Leica Absolute Scanner LAS-20-8 portable 3D laser scanner is designed to make gathering complex point-cloud data easier and quicker for shop floor operators.
In combination with the ultra-portable Leica Absolute Tracker AT960, the LAS-20-8 laser scanner offers excellent performance for manual freeform surface inspections, even on shiny metallic or dark materials. Its user-friendly features minimise training requirements and give even the most inexperienced operators complete confidence in its use.
Lightweight, ergonomic and with a battery power option, LAS-20-8 is effective in measurement volumes of up to 60 metres and has an IP50 rating that allows it to be taken almost anywhere in the workshop. The scanner identifies itself to the tracker, enabling quick changes between scanning, probing and reflector measurements. A built-in guidelight leads the operator to the optimum measurement position and haptic, acoustic and visual feedbacks help ensure the best possible results. The laser intensity automatically adjusts to different surface types and operators can switch between pre-set measurement profiles using the main button of the scanner, allowing the right setup for each section of the part without a need for adjustments in the software.
“With the Leica Absolute Scanner LAS-20-8, we wanted to create an affordable handheld laser scanner that delivers results every time without complex setups or training needs,” explains Duncan Redgewell, vice president of Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence Portable Products. “Alongside the Leica T-Scan 5, our high-end laser scanner for feature-rich inspections or use with robotic and automated systems, LAS-20-8 enables us to offer the right laser scanning solution for any large-volume measurement application.”
As well as integrating seamlessly with the Leica Absolute Tracker AT960, Leica T-Probe and Leica T-Scan 5, the LAS-20-8 laser scanner is backed by the same RDS interface software as Hexagon’s ROMER Absolute Arm range, enabling experienced operators of this equipment to draw on their existing knowledge for system checks, compensation and certifications.