Wenglor invests in 3D vision with ShapeDrive acquisition

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Automation company Wenglor Sensoric has purchased ShapeDrive, a Munich-based provider of 3D vision measurement technology. The takeover took place at the beginning of May.

ShapeDrive’s technology is based on structured light projection. The pixel sensors with various resolutions, working distances, measuring volumes and dot pitches create 3D point clouds from which object sections can be evaluated or reference model comparisons generated. The camera systems offer high levels of precision, a comprehensive software package and numerous interfaces.

ShapeDrive products will be integrated into Wenglor’s portfolio and further developed at the WenglorMel facility in Eching near Munich. The ShapeDrive research and development department will also be incorporated into this site.

Dr Matthias Rottenkolber, managing director of ShapeDrive, commented: ‘[Wenglor] has an outstanding, internationally aligned sales network and well developed production capacity. In the years to come, the trend towards Industry 4.0 will change the industrial landscape to a great extent – in particular due to increasing degrees of automation, big data and advancing levels of networking in production. Together, we will actively shape this transformation.’

Nerian Vision’s stereo vision cameras incorporate an FPGA for real-time 3D imaging. Credit: Nerian Vision

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