Prodim is well known for its unique portable 2D and 3D digital measuring tool (CMM), the Proliner Tracker. In practice Proliners are used for the digital measurement of a large variety of objects, including tubes and pipes. Within the tube industry Proliners are used most for reversed engineering and quality control on and offsite.
Digital measuring with a wire
Because of the different sizes, radii and angles it is often difficult and time consuming to measure piping systems. Because of the unique technique based on measuring with a wire, measuring tubes with a Proliner is fast and accurate.
The Proliner has a measuring head that can be rotated in every direction and attached is a durable wire that can be stretched out for 10 meter. A metal measuring pen is fixed at the end of the wire, which is used by the operator to simply mark the 2D/3D coordinates of relevant points. The Proliner has a 360o working range of 20 meter in diameter without the need to relocate the device. The range can be extended with the onboard leap function. Due to the Proliners flexibility the operator can measure straight, curved and very complex shapes like tubes in an instant.
The measured points are directly translated into a digital DXF CAD file that can be viewed on the Proliner using integrated CAD software. Depending on the model of the Proliner measurements can have an accuracy of approximately 0,25 mm (Proliner 10IS). The end result is a perfectly calculated digital line drawing of the tube model! LRA data XYZ are instantly available. The measurement data can be exported as a PDF report, as a DXF file for further processing like reversed engineering or as a CSV file for production machines, like tube benders.
Since the Proliner is portable and all the software is embedded operators only have to carry one device to perform and review all measurements on and offsite, saving valuable time.
TubeCheck, accurate quality control and reverse engineering
Prodim’s mission is to improve always! Therefore Prodim continuously develops specific industry solutions using the measurement data of the Proliner for the improvement of daily work processes. Like TubeCheck, an additional software module for the Proliner used for the quality control of tubes. With TubeCheck it is possible to compare a measured tube or part of it with master data. Tolerances of intersection points, part lengths angles and rotations can be defined in the master data and uploaded to the Proliner using TubeCheck. After measuring a tube with the Proliner it can be compared with the master data directly. It is immediately clear for the operator if the tube passes or fails the required specifications.
As mentioned the Proliner is often used as a reverse engineering tool to digitize existing parts on and offsite. With the TubeCheck software installed, the Proliner is able to calculate the precise centerline and intersections of complex piping systems. In short: a Proliner with integrated TubeCheck software provides the tube industry an alternative digital measuring solution with unique advantages.
Live demonstrations at Tube 2016
During the Tube fair Prodim will present its complete Proliner package and additional software solutions for the tube and pipe industry. Visitors can expect live measurement demonstration to experience the accuracy and practicality of the Proliner digital measuring tools and TubeCheck software themselves and discuss how it can improve their daily work processes.
Prodim booth: Hall 5, Booth H09