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Ecosystem

A COMPLETE BUILT-IN INSPECTION ENVIRONMENT

WITH TIGHTLY INTEGRATED HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE

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Gocator Ecosystem

CORE 3D ACQUISITION TECHNOLOGIES

Single Point Profile Infographic


POINT PROFILE SENSORS

Laser Distance Profile Triangulation

Gocator Point Profile Sensors are high speed (32 kHz) laser point measurement devices capable of profiling along the direction of part travel or inspecting displacement in a fast moving process. Ideal for contour feature measurement of parts moving at very high speed or closed-loop feedback systems, these point profilers are unique all-in-one solutions for a wide variety of applications.

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Line Profile Infogrpahic


LINE PROFILE SENSORS

Laser Line Profile Triangulation

Gocator Line Profile Sensors measure a cross sectional shape. Cross sections can be collected to form 3D point clouds representing discrete whole parts. A profile sensor can measure shape of very small (10 mm) to large width objects (1.5m) moving at high speed. Profilers can simultaneously output calibrated 2D intensity images for use with common 2D imaging libraries for surface inspection.

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Snapshot Infographic


Snapshot Sensors

Stereo Full-Field Structured Light

Gocator Snapshot Sensors are the first family of 3D smart sensors to combine full-field 3D point cloud acquisition using fringe projection with 3D measurement tools for specific 3D features. These sensors are ideal for inline inspection applications where objects are momentarily stationary such as robotic inspection or pick and place.

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Gocator Firmware

Gocator Firmware

Built-In Measurement Tools and Smart Features

Enjoy built-in drag & drop measurement tools and smart features that make inline 3D inspection easy. Plus, regular Firmware version upgrades (at no extra cost) ensure your Gocator is always on the cutting-edge.

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INTEGRATED USER EXPERIENCE

Simple setup

Setting up your Gocator is fast, easy and trouble free.

  • Use your favorite web browser to access and control the Gocator
  • Multi-language ready for non-English speakers to set up and fully utilize
  • Drag & drop functionality allows you to easily set up Gocator to work within your existing control system
  • Intuitive control panels make setup fast and easy

UI Setup


 

Advanced Connectivity

Allows you to get the job done with the fewest components in the least amount of time.

  • Onboard web server allows for fast setup on any computer
  • Connect via industry standard Ethernet
  • Simple cabling for inputs, outputs and power
  • Modbus TCP, EtherNet/IP™, and simple ASCII string support for “plugging into”

Connection Image


 

Exposure Settings

 

OPTIMAL EXPOSURE SETTINGS

Exposure is key to achieving optimal measurement results. Gocator sensors provide up to three exposure modes for scanning different types of target surfaces. Adjusting Gocator’s exposure is as easy as dragging a slider.


 

Gocator Emulator UI

GOCATOR EMULATOR

The Gocator Emulator is a standalone application that allows you to run a “virtual” sensor using pre-recorded data without the need for a physical sensor. Emulator supports SDK developers to create their applications using a virtual Gocator before real hardware is needed.

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Accelerator Infographic

GOCATOR ACCELERATOR

The Gocator Accelerator (GoX) is a Windows PC application that allows you to add the data-processing power of one or more PCs to your inspection solution. Setup is easy as selecting a Gocator for acceleration and launching a web browser session on your PC to perform local acquisition, measurement, and control.

Gocator Firmware

Gocator Firmware

Built-In Measurement Tools and Smart Features

Enjoy built-in drag & drop measurement tools and smart features that make inline 3D inspection easy. Plus, regular Firmware version upgrades (at no extra cost) ensure your Gocator is always on the cutting-edge.

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ROBUST MEASUREMENT

speed and precision

Measurement accuracy is critical to making correct pass/fail decisions and ensuring product quality and throughput.

Measurment UI Callout


 

POWERFUL BUILT-IN MEASUREMENT TOOLS

Gocator’s built-in tools provide a full suite of measurement capabilities to solve a wide range of inspection challenges.

Measurment Tool

 

Profile Measurement

Gocator’s profile tools detect and compare feature points or fit lines found within laser profile data. Measurement values are compared against minimum and maximum thresholds to yield accurate control decisions.

 

Panel (Gap & Flush) Tool

The panel tool automatically carries out gap and flush measurements. Gap measurement provides the distance between the edges of two surfaces, and flush measurement provides the flushness between the edges of two surfaces. 

Gap and Flush Tool

Strip Tool

A strip is a section of a profile with a distinct step height. The Strip tool measures the width of a strip, and lets you add multiple measurements of the same type to take data and set decisions for multiple strips. 

Strip Tool

 

Surface Measurement

3D surface measurement involves measuring surface properties such as volume and height at a certain position. Gocator’s volumetric tools have the ability to operate on the entire surface or the full object or within a region of interest at a given position in relation to the object’s surface.

 

Countersunk Hole tool

The Countersunk Hole Tool automatically locates a countersunk circular opening on the object surface and provides measurements to evaluate its characteristics—including position (X, Y, and Z), outside radius, bevel angle
and depth.

Countersunk

Surface Plane Tool

This tool fits a region of points to a surface and calculates plane angles X and Y and offset Z from an alignment target. Results of the Plane Angle X and Y measurements can be used to customize the tilt angle in the Hole, Opening, and Stud tools.
 

Surface Plane

 


 

SMART MEASUREMENT FEATURES

Gocator’s part matching, part sectioning and anchoring features provide maximum control and flexibility in your 3D measurement and inspection process.

Part Matching

Part Matching

This feature allows you to inspect parts regardless of their orientation on the assembly line. Edge matching capability automatically performs part realignment before applying Gocator’s built-in measurement tools. 

Part Sectioning

Part Sectioning

With Part Sectioning in Surface Mode you can extract a cross-section from a 3D model of a part and perform advanced measurements. Ideal for measuring cut lines, this feature allows you to add and position multiple sections on a part. 

Surface Plane

Anchoring

The Anchoring feature allows you to track the movement of parts within the field of view of the sensor and correct for variations in the height and position of parts. This feature allows you to solve  applications with part and size variations.

 


 

3D + 2D Fusion

Gocator combines 3D with 2D technology for a more robust inspection system.

 

Gap and Flush Tool

INTENSITY OUTPUT
(Acquire Intensity)

In Gocator, an 8-bit intensity value is output for each range value along the laser line or for structured light. This allows you to use one sensor to perform both 2D and 3D measurements.

Strip Tool

Robust 2D Vision Libraries
HexSight

HexSight geometric part location technology provides flexible and robust contour-based 2D pattern matching to locate parts and features regardless of their scale or orientation.

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Gocator Firmware

Gocator Firmware

Built-In Measurement Tools and Smart Features

Enjoy built-in drag & drop measurement tools and smart features that make inline 3D inspection easy. Plus, regular Firmware version upgrades (at no extra cost) ensure your Gocator is always on the cutting-edge.

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TOTAL SENSOR CONTROL

Trigger Mode

Triggers are “inputs” that prompt the sensor to acquire data.

 

Gap and Flush Tool

Encoder + Conveyor

For profile measurements at a uniform spacing

Strip Tool

Time + Conveyor

For profile measurements at a fixed frequency

 


 

SMART CONTROL FEATURES

Gocator includes dedicated logic to support a number of sophisticated acquisition and part handling scenarios that are
easy to setup and master.

 

Countersunk

Part Detection

Part Detection allows you to detect individual parts and build a 3D model ready for measurement. This feature auto detects and seperates multiple parts appearing simultaneously, with the ability to use gap filling to connect related parts into a single part.

Surface Plane

Surface Generation

This feature enables you to leverage a number of different methods to create a surface (height map). Surface Generation provides greater control and flexibility for supporting common industry scanning methods like conveyor, web, robotic, and rotational setups.

 

Tagging & Tracking

Tag and track parts to make precise and timely downstream control decisions. Each part is tagged with a decision and tracked by its encoder position until the appropriate downstream location is reached. The sensor then activates the appropriate control decision.

 


 

FLEXIBLE INPUT/OUTPUT

Output measurement results using Analog, Digital, Serial, or Ethernet methods including industry standard PLC protocols.

 

More ways to control your data

Gocator gives you the flexibility to simultaneously output data and decisions to a wide variety of I/O. It also allows you to easily communicate with your existing hardware using PLCs and robot controllers via Modbus TCP, EtherNet/IP™, or custom ASCII strings.

FLEXIBLE INPUT OUTPUT
Gocator Firmware

Gocator Firmware

Built-In Measurement Tools and Smart Features

Enjoy built-in drag & drop measurement tools and smart features that make inline 3D inspection easy. Plus, regular Firmware version upgrades (at no extra cost) ensure your Gocator is always on the cutting-edge.

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REVOLUTIONARY EXTENSIBILITY

Dual Sensor Systems

DUAL SENSOR SYSTEMS

Easily create a dual sensor system to increase 3D scan coverage.

  • Gocator automatically recognizes a second sensor called a “Buddy”
  • Dual sensor mode seamlessly combines profile data from both Main and Buddy sensors as if they were one
  • Dual Sensor Systems use a single GUI to configure, measure, make decisions and show results

 

Wide Orientation

Mount a Main (left) with a Buddy (right) to measure objects that are wider than a single sensor’s field of view. Sensors can be angled to avoid occlusions.

 

Opposite Orientation

The Main and Buddy perform top and bottom differential measurements to calculate true thickness when the object cannot be referenced to a known surface such as a conveyor.

Buddy System
Buddy UI

 


 

MULTI-SENSOR NETWORKING

When an application calls for more than a dual sensor system, multiple sensors can be networked using an LMI Master Hub.

  • The Master product line offers models that support 8 and 24 Gocator connections
  • Masters provide power, laser safety and distributed synchronization (time, encoder, external trigger)
  • Each Gocator transmits 3D profile data to the host computer through standard Ethernet switches
  • Can be interconnected to form larger unlimited networks (eg., daisy chain one 24 port with another with another and so on)
  • The daisy chain interconnect passes on synchronization for distribution to all sensors in the larger network
Multi Sensor Networking
Tire Scan and Networking

 


 

Extended Capabilities

Benefit from features that extend Gocator’s functionality and allow you customize your sensor to meet specific application requirements.

 

SDK

 

OPEN SOURCE SDK

  • A single C-based SDK to control, acquire and manage any Gocator
  • Unified library for all Gocator technologies - learn it once and use it everywhere
  • Compile and execute on any target environment
  • C# interface to integrate with .Net applications

 


GENICAM TRANSPORT LAYER

  • Real-time streaming of 3D data from Gocator to PC applications for external image processing
  • GenTL driver support allows Gocator to interface with any application that supports GenICam, including Halcon CVB

 

Genicam
Native Drivers

 

 

NATIVE DRIVERS

  • Real-time streaming of 3D data from Gocator to HexSight and NI LabVIEW
  • Export 3D data from Gocator in CSV or ASCII format

 


 

GDK

 

GDK (Gocator development kit)

The Gocator Development Kit (GDK) is a powerful platform providing extensibility to the Gocator Firmware.

The GDK allows for custom development of your own measurement algorithms that run directly on Gocator sensors, transforming an off-the-shelf sensor into a fully customized device based on specific application needs.

Gocator Firmware

Gocator Firmware

Built-In Measurement Tools and Smart Features

Enjoy built-in drag & drop measurement tools and smart features that make inline 3D inspection easy. Plus, regular Firmware version upgrades (at no extra cost) ensure your Gocator is always on the cutting-edge.

Learn More