New scanner aims to integrate with the IoT

Louise Smyth

Timed for LASYS in Stuttgart, laser deflection and positioning technology outfit Scanlab has announced series production of its high-end excelliSCAN system. This premium scan head proved its suitability for reliable industrial deployment in series micro-machining, and has now itself gone into series production. The scan head's built-in intelligence predestines it for integration in automated fabrication environments that leverage Industry 4.0 and IoT.

Extensive excelliSCAN test applications confirm that its unique servo design delivers considerable productivity gains for numerous applications. The scan system features novel SCANahead servo control as well as galvanometer scanners with highly precise digital angle sensors. And its in-built intelligence can be compared to autonomous driving – the scan head autonomously calculates its own control parameters and anticipates in real time for optimal navigation of curves. This servo innovation breaks through the irreconcilability between higher dynamics and maximum precision, and thus provides an appreciable productivity boost to users. Additionally, contour fidelity is substantially improved at high marking speeds, e.g. when traversing sharp corners and circles. Control is furnished as standard by the powerful RTC 6 control board, now available as an Ethernet variant.
Integrated functions like online status monitoring or acquisition of operating times and process data allow not only integration in networked structures, but also retrospective process analysis. 
In view of the strong demand for high-precision scan systems well-suited to micro-structuring and 3D printing, Scanlab is working to extend its excelliSCAN family: scan heads with 20mm and 30mm apertures are in the pipeline.