GKS Inspection Services Opens Third Laser Scanning and CAD Modeling Service Bureau in China

New Guilin Area Office to Complement Existing Shanghai and Guangdong Offices.

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN; November 29, 2007) - GKS Inspection Services, a global provider of dimensional inspection, 3D laser scanning, and terrestrial scanning services since 1981, announced that it has recently opened a laser scanning and CAD modeling office in the Guilin province of China. "GKS now has locations in three key Chinese markets - Guilin, Shanghai and Guangdong. Having a strong Chinese presence is an important part of our strategy for becoming the global leader in the 3D laser scanning services industry," said Armando Alonso, Vice President of GKS. "GKS China increases our worldwide reverse engineering and CAD modeling capabilities while also giving us entry into the rapidly growing Chinese marketplace."

GKS Guilin China Services

GKS Inspection Services' Guilin China team of highly skilled engineers provides reverse engineering, inspection, and prototyping services along with traditional measurement and inspection technologies and processes. With their 3D laser scanning and CAD modeling expertise, the engineers create surface models from the 3D scan data (or "point clouds"), in a process known as reverse engineering. GKS China Guilin also uses inspection software to create a color error deviation map that clearly delineates variations between the as-built part and the design intent. Engineers at GKS China have extensive experience with Imageware and Geomagic software, as well as CATIA, UG, I-Deas, and Solidworks.

GKS China Guilin has a CMM lab, a temperature-controlled bridge-style CMM and also a PCMM which can be used on-site in factory locations. The Laser Design systems are equipped with high-accuracy laser probes and the latest Surveyor Scan Control software. Once the 3D scan data is collected, GKS China Guilin uses inspection software to create a color error deviation map.

Laser scanning systems project laser light onto surfaces while cameras continuously triangulate the changing distance and profile of the laser as it sweeps along, enabling the object to be accurately replicated. Laser scanners can quickly measure large parts while generating far greater numbers of data points than touch probes without the need for templates or fixtures. Laser scanning replicates the complete geometry of a complex part to a high level of accuracy, often to within 1 thousandth of an inch.

3D Laser Scanning Need is Growing

Many companies would like to take advantage of the improved accuracy and speed provided by laser scanning but need to scan only a relatively small number of parts. Such companies have difficulty justifying the cost of acquiring a laser scanner and training operators in its use. GKS Inspection Services, headquartered in Detroit with offices in Minneapolis, India, Korea, Taiwan, the Netherlands, Singapore, and now China, offers outsourced laser scanning services on a project basis. A company simply sends a part to GKS and they create a very accurate CAD model or inspection report in a short period of time at a reasonable cost. Alternately, GKS can dispatch trained metrologists to the customer's site using portable measuring devices.

GKS Inspection Services, a division of Laser Design Inc., has been a leading provider of dimensional inspection, 3D laser scanning and terrestrial scanning services for over 25 years. The company's Plymouth, MI lab (Detroit metro area) is accredited by the A2LA for Mechanical Testing and Calibration and features numerous CMMs, vision systems, 3D laser scanners, surface analyzers and other inspection equipment. GKS also has U.S. offices in Minneapolis and Seattle and international locations in India, Korea, China, Taiwan, Singapore, and the Netherlands. The company's metrologists and engineers are experienced in the automotive, defense, electronics and many other manufacturing industries.

More Information

For additional information about how GKS Inspection Services can improve your manufactured product, save you money and decrease your development time, call Larry Carlberg at 952-252-3432 or send email to measure@gks.com or visit GKS Inspection Services' web site at www.gks.com.

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