Fully Automated Guided Assembly & Verification
My assemblies have many variations, is LYNX practical in this situation?
This usually turns out to be an ideal situation. LYNX can be easily programmed to check a new or modified assembly. These are stored to create a library that can be accessed at any point in the future. This makes the system ideal for situations where you have short runs or may only produce certain assemblies infrequently. Once the program has been stored, you can access it at any time. If you are using the AR version of LYNX it will also speed your production of these infrequently produced assemblies by projecting images and part numbers in the correct location.
Why do people choose LYNX instead of laser projection systems?
LYNX provides better images that are projected in color allowing more information to be conveyed. The system has a greatly expanded view angle since the camera can rotate 360°. When analyzing assemblies, the crisp displays on your computer screen are much easier to interpret than 3-D scan data. LYNX provides documentation of all the features with images which enables proof of installed features. Production operators also prefer projected color pictures instead of annoying laser line projections on the part.
LYNX relies on image comparison. This is much faster than any scanning technique since the image capture and processing are quicker. The exact time required will depend on your application and is determined by the number of features you are checking. However, we typically inspect well over 1,500 features per hour from a single head. Even greater speeds or retained by additional sensor heads.
Is LYNX limited in the size of assemblies it can inspect?
The only requirement is to have a line of sight from the LYNX camera to the part. If you have larger parts or need to capture information on the back side of an assembly you can add additional LYNX heads.
Can I add more LYNX units to an existing system in the future?
Yes. Additional heads can be added and the systems can be relocated so they can be used in other parts of your facility.
How precisely must components be located?
The position of the LYNX head and the assembly you are checking must be fixed relative to each other. This is typically done with simple stops or other mechanisms to locate the assembly while the LYNX head is mounted overhead or on a support pole. Since LYNX has an auto-adjust feature, there is some tolerance wtih placement of the part. You also can set the tolerance for individual items being checked.
Are LYNX systems portable?
LYNX can be relocated but the part and camera must be in a repeatable location relative to one another. There are many applications that incorporate some movement. For example, the LYNX may slide into position on a rail or the part might rotate on a fixture. However, it may be more efficient and cost-effective to add an additional head to the LYNX system.
No. LYNX is entirely image-based. But an image-based system also has an advantage in capturing information that is not easily available in CAD. Digital images allow much more information to be processed including changes in the appearance of the subassembly, color, and other elements.
Accurex provides on-site installation and training services for all systems sold in the United States and Mexico. We can also provide on-site support service if you need help with a particular set up.
How do I get technical support?
Accurex has staff in locations around the USA. Our main support locations for LYNX are in Pennsylvania, California, Kansas, and Michigan. We can help with many issues remotely which will provide the fastest resolution to your questions but will also come on-site to help you if needed.
Where is LYNX being used?
LYNX is a natural fit for the assembly of large objects that benefit from its extended range. These include airframe subassemblies, jet engines, weldments, construction vehicles, etc. Most often it is used with assemblies that fit in a volume of 1 meter x 1 meter, to 10 meters x 10 meters, but there is no limitation on size since additional heads can be added.