Manufacturing pneumatic tires for automobiles is a complex multi-step process, with many components assembled in numerous steps, all of which must be done with precision to ensure that a quality product is delivered to the consumer. The consumer has very high expectation levels regarding tire safety and performance, and several major recalls of unsafe tires have cost manufacturers significant expense and damaged reputations. A complicating factor for tire manufacturers is the vast variety of tire sizes and designs required by vehicle manufacturers, which mandates rapid changeover in all facets of the tire assembly process.
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Having been involved in the machine vision industry for over 40 years, it has been fascinating to follow the many iterations of laser-based displacement sensing. These changes have included an evolution as it has evolved from analog to digital operation, and from basic capabilities to today’s simple-to-use all-in-one measurement systems. Laser displacement sensors, which measure the distance from a sensor to a surface, superseded traditional displacement sensors, primarily dial indicator gages and LVDTs (linear variable displacement transducers). These traditional sensors were based on technologies that used a mechanical contact on the surface being measured. Contact measurement techniques are very effective and inexpensive for many common applications, but for in-line and high-speed applications, contact sensors have serious limitations. These include limited frequency response, potential damage to finished surfaces, errors due to deformation of soft materials, and errors from tip wear and dirt contamination.
LMI Technologies acquires German company GFMesstechnik GmbH, a leading structured light supplier in 3D metrology
- Acquisition of 100 percent of the shares
- Expansion into new markets – life sciences, coordinate measuring machines (CMM) and surface metrology
- Strong presence in Germany
- Additional access to a world-wide reseller network
- Integration of its precision calibration and measurement know-how
This past May, LMI participated in the Control 2014 trade fair in Stuttgart, Germany. It was great to connect with so many interesting people and learn about their successes and challenges when implementing quality assurance programs into their own facilities. We were thrilled to feature our latest structured-light products and demonstrated how we can help improve the quality control process.
Working in the machine vision industry for 28 years, I am still amazed by how vast the world of 3D scanning really is and the untapped potential this technology has to offer. With technical advancements in 3D scanning and the adoption of consumer-based 3D scanners on the rise, the industry continues to evolve.
Vancouver, Canada, November 12, 2013 – LMI Technologies (LMI), a leading developer of 3D scanning, measurement, and data visualization technologies, announces the official release of the new Gocator snapshot sensor product line. The Gocator 3100 series is the latest addition to the Gocator all-in-one 3D smart sensors. It simplifies automated non-contact inspection using blue LED projection and stereo scanning technology. The Gocator 3100 series is an industrial scanning solution that delivers 3D point cloud acquisition, measurement, and control decision capabilities in a single package. The first model available in this product line is the Gocator 3110, the industry’s first all-in-one 3D smart snapshot sensor.
This compact scanner delivers advanced 3D scanning at a fraction of the price of comparable systems in the market
Vancouver, Canada, September 25, 2013 – LMI Technologies (LMI), a leading developer of 3D scanning, measurement, and data visualization technologies, announces the official release of the HDI 120 3D Scanner at TCT Show + Personalize today. The HDI 120 is the smallest advanced 3D scanning system using blue LED projection technology. The scanner delivers high resolution, accurate 3D scanning results at a fraction of the price of comparable systems. LMI is demonstrating the scanner for the first time at TCT Show + Personalize in booth G20 at the NEC in Birmingham, UK.
LMI Technologies will be exhibiting at TCT Show + Personalize on September 25-26 in Birmingham, UK. This is UK's leading show in Additive Manufacturing, 3D printing and product development technology. The exhibition showcases technologies and software for 3D scanning, digitizing and inspection for design and manufacturing. Our team will be at the show to demonstrate the latest developments in 3D scanning technology at booth G20 with the HDI 3D Scanners. Also, we have some exciting news to announce at the show so hope to see you there!
What makes this event unique is that the conference and exhibition are free to all visitors. For more information on the event and to register, please visit TCT Show website.
Last week, our team exhibited at Siggraph 2013. It was nice to interact with everyone at the show and to demonstrate our 3D scanning technologies there. The event brought thousands of computer graphics and interactive technology professionals internationally to the Anaheim Convention Center in California.
Scan Yourself in 3D
We want to thank attendees who came by our booth. We scanned over 500 people at the exhibition using a body scanning station that was powered by KScan3D using four Kinect sensors. The scanning process only takes a few seconds. If you are interested in learning more about the body scanning setup, please visit: Creating A Multi-Sensor Setup For Full Body Scanning.
The system's new hardware design improves 3D scanning performance.
Vancouver, Canada, July 23, 2013 – LMI Technologies (LMI), a leading developer of 3D scanning, measurement, and data visualization technologies, announces the official release of the next generation of the HDI Advance 3D scanning system at Siggraph 2013. This is the first HDI product launch since the acquisition of 3D3 Solutions earlier this year. LMI is demonstrating the new HDI Advance for the first time at the Siggraph Exhibition from July 23-25 in booth 819.