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Updated version of cavity monitoring system released for 2017

8th February 2017
Anna Flockett

The first CMS to be fully developed, engineered and manufactured under the Renishaw brand is the latest version of the Void Scanner. Following major investment in new production and servicing facilities at Renishaw's York site, Void Scanner comes with global support.

First launched in 2008, Void Scanner is a high-speed, low-cost CMS used in the mining and civil engineering industries to produce fast, accurate 3D laser scans of voids where access is limited, dangerous or prohibited.

The product's specialist ruggedised design helps Void Scanner operators to solve underground surveying challenges quickly and at low cost. Improvements to the Void Scanner system include better internal gearings, which has enhanced point cloud quality and surfacing, leading to improved data accuracy for better on-site decision making, despite challenging locations.

Void Scanner's Cavity Profiler – VS software has also been improved to offer greater functionality, including multi-station project capabilities. This means that the software will enable users to scan from multiple locations and view the resulting scans together in real time for a complete 3D representation of the site.

Renishaw has also released a new optional WiFi Box accessory for use with the new Void Scanner. Wireless communication enables the operator to control the laser scanner and send scan data from a safe location over distances up to 50m.

Karl Bradshaw, Global Technical Sales Manager for Renishaw's mining product range said: “Renishaw has been supplying laser measurement solutions to the mining and quarrying industry for over 30 years. We know our customers and we know the conditions in which they are using the products. With many units out there having already survived years of demanding use in the field, this updated Void Scanner builds on that foundation of sound quality and extreme durability.”

Martin Carr, General Manager of Renishaw's Spatial Measurement Division said: “We are exceptionally proud of the development efforts involved in bringing this new cavity monitoring system to market. From the starting point of listening to our customers to understand and evaluate their needs, through to significant redesign, engineering and testing we have produced a high quality, high performing system designed for the most demanding of environments.”

“Void Scanner has become an integral part of operations in many mines around the world since its introduction,” said Cam Thomas, Technical Manager of Renishaw's Spatial Measurement Division. “Renishaw's new Void Scanner incorporates many features our customers have been requesting, and is a rugged, reliable unit with excellent worldwide technical and service support.”

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