Projection systems


The Iris Spatial Positioning System combines breakthrough technology with laser projection to create a new precision assembly technique called virtual tooling. Iris SPS locates objects in 3D space and quickly locks onto CAD-specified assembly positions without the need for costly tooling or optical targets. The Iris system is compact and easy-to-use for improved productivity, quality and safety on the shop floor.

Synchronize Manufacturing and Design

The Iris system eliminates differences between “as built” and “as designed” because assemblers are always working with the most current CAD file. There are no delays when design changes are made by engineering so, as a result, engineering and manufacturing are always in sync.


Iris Spatial Positioning System quickly locates the exact placement area for assembly. Any movement of the Iris system or the work piece will automatically re-position the projection.


The Iris system is easy to learn and operate. It is designed for use in the flow of normal operations and validated on the shop floor. Within the application, visual cues and tool tips are presented to guide operators through each action with ease.


The Iris Spatial Positioning System can accommodate even the most complex assemblies by projecting on difficult-to-reach locations. It accelerates the assembly process by eliminating the wait for markup and/or templates at the onset of a project or when design changes are made.

Iris Spatial Positioning System

  • precisely locates work piece in 3D space
  • quickly locks onto CAD datum references
  • accurately projects 3D positions – for precise assembly

In addition, the entire system:

  • is compact, portable and easy to use
  • has no special safety or tooling requirements

How it works

The Iris Spatial Positioning System employs photogrammetric triangulation. It involves three things working together: the laser projector, the spatial locator, and the work piece itself. With an accurate understanding of the work piece’s location in 3D space, the system can project assembly locations on any of its surfaces.

The virtual tooling process begins with the engineer’s CAD model.

Alignment datums are chosen based on the design’s callouts to ensure accuracy and repeatability. The assembler uses a small probe to touch the first feature and activate the position capture. Advanced software identifies these datums for precise location of work piece parts, projecting a highly accurate 3D laser reference to help guide users. Once Iris has “locked onto” its datums, any movement of the Iris system or the work piece will immediately trigger a re-alignment to correct as-designed CAD specifications.

Laser patterns are sequenced to ensure the correct assembly order is upheld.

Laser projection guarantees the right part is in the right location and with the correct orientation.

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