Mining Companies Worldwide are Utilizing CAD Integrated 3D Laser Scanning Software from ReverseEngineering.com
Thursday, 13 September 2012 10:42

Mining companies worldwide are experiencing an industrial revival and are now faced with finding the most efficient maintenance, repair, and overhaul solutions (MRO). Cutting costs and improving profits during an economically precocious time, is causing these companies to seek new key partners in the development of their MRO processes.

One of the sources they turn to is software as a tool. With technological advances making strides bigger than ever, ReverseEngineering.com finds itself supporting mining applications and foundries by supplying them with reverse engineering software solutions direct in their CAD of choice. In addition, reverse engineering consulting and training services are being utilized that take the mining customer from zero to 100 within 5-days-time. Mining engineers can now deliver their MRO measurements directly into their CAD system quickly and accurately.

This somewhat new laser scanning software, HIPP tm 2013, now allows for the redesign, digital documentation, modification and scanning of large, oversized and complex gears and mechanical parts. Technical software features are simplified and complex tasks are managed with just a click of an icon on the integrated reverse engineering tool bar within the CAD of choice. Millions of scanned points can be stored in a library and can readily be accessed directly from your design software.

Parts that an operator may typically scan are: large trucks, gears, cranes, tractor treads, rock crushers and draglines used in the open pit mining industry. Even a large building or factory can be scanned and processed for equipment layout or safety engineering and analyzed or redesigned inside the native CAD. The HIPP 2013 “Scan to CAD” reverse engineering software integrates the most popular CAD packages in the industry with popular portable lasers such as large format scanners and portable arm probes in the industry. The software can even manage stand-alone point cloud data from almost all currently available 3D laser scan formats.

When talking about a system, the engineer will have a portable laser scanner, CAD software and CAD integrated reverse engineering software already installed on a laptop computer. Just pick up the computer and laser scanner and head out to the site to scan large, oversize parts in place and right where they stand. The time saved is remarkable. Due to the accuracy of the reverse engineering software directly in CAD bundled with the portable laser scanner, the operator has a real-time visual cue of the drawing of the part as data is collected. The operator now has the ability to scan millions of points that can be modeled, analyzed or redesigned as native CAD data.

By increasing equipment reliability, and significantly reducing downtime and equipment failures, a company can maintain the competitive advantage they need to remain on top in the market place. When deploying the HIPP 2013 software as a “bundled system (software plus hardware)”, it provides the portability of taking the reverse engineering solution directly to the source.

A solution such as this has the potential of realizing a significant improvement and repairing more complex and larger parts than was previously possible. “Basically, now anything goes!”


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