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Hexagon Debuts AS1 Laser Scanner in North America at FABTECH 2021

Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division today announced the North American debut of its ground-breaking AS1 Scanner will be held at FABTECH 2021, Sept. 13-16, 2021, McCormick Place, Chicago, IL. In Booth A3326 in the South Building, FABTECH attendees will be the first to see the ultra high-speed Absolute Scanner AS1 in action, eliminating the longstanding barrier between measurement products. The AS1 is a multi-use, automation-ready scanning solution for today’s busy shop floor. The modular blue laser line scanner is the first in the industry to operate with both laser trackers and portable measuring arms. The AS1 integrates Hexagon’s unique SHINE (Systematic High-Intelligence Noise Elimination) technology so users can scan most any surface type at maximum speed and accuracy while SHINE’s advanced algorithms does the hard work in the background. Demonstrations of the product will be held in regular intervals during the show.

The new-to-market AS1 is automation-ready today and tomorrow with a data collection speed of 1.2 million points per second, which is more than 3x faster than the previous flagship tracker scanning solution. This versatile data acquisition tool is ideal for any industry requiring quality 3D data within a 60-meter volume. For example, in a submarine manufacturing facility, the AS1 can be used to scan large blocking structures up to and including a full hull using a laser tracker, then attached to a portable measuring arm for smaller, more discrete localized inspections. The scanning unit can be quickly mounted to the AT960 scanner using the Absolute Positioner AP21 and Hexagon’s patented kinematic joint – the same repeatable mounting system existing on Absolute Arm systems. The scanner unit can be swapped between tracker and arm without the need for time-consuming realignment, setup or calibration. An informational video can be found here.

“FABTECH visitors will get a first-hand look at a sensational innovation launched this year. The AS1 is not only a game-changer in the scanning industry, but it defines the future of 3D scanning,” states Joel Martin, Director of Portable Metrology, North America, Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division. “The Absolute Scanner delivers the same high quality scan results whether it is paired with a portable Absolute Arm or an Absolute tracker. With a short learning curve, users can quickly apply the high-speed laser scanner to a broad array of manual and automated data collection applications. No other scanner today offers the cross-platform, large volume capability of the AS1 and its SHINE technology for full-speed, precision data capture of most any surface or finish. Simply put, there is no ceiling for the potential of this scanner. It is easy to learn, easy to use, and eliminates the need for multiple scanning devices and the associated maintenance costs.”

The Absolute Scanner was developed from the ground up for smart manufacturing applications that require high-speed scanning within automated cells and assembly structures located in-line, near-line or in the quality room. The AS1 delivers scanning accuracy within 50 microns in a 60 meter volume, handheld or automated, with an Absolute Tracker AT960 laser tracker. For small to medium size parts or products, the scanner unit can be mounted to any current-generation Absolute Arm 7-axis system for scanning and hidden area inspection with scanning accuracy of 16 microns within a measurement volume from 2 – 4.5 meters.

About Hexagon
Hexagon is a global leader in sensor, software and autonomous solutions. We are putting data to work to boost efficiency, productivity, and quality across industrial, manufacturing, infrastructure, safety, and mobility applications.

Our technologies are shaping urban and production ecosystems to become increasingly connected and autonomous – ensuring a scalable, sustainable future.

Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division provides solutions that utilise data from design and engineering, production and metrology to make manufacturing smarter.

Hexagon (Nasdaq Stockholm: HEXA B) has approximately 21,000 employees in 50 countries and net sales of approximately 3.8bn EUR. Learn more at

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