Test & Measurement
Automated Precision, Inc. releases new Radian laser trackers
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION
December 5, 2018 – Automated Precision, Inc. (API) has announced the launch of its updated series of high-accuracy Radian laser trackers, which comprises three models: Radian Pro, Radian Plus and Radian Core.
The Radian Pro offers both absolute distance measurement (ADM) and inferometer (IFM) capability, is available with 20-, 50- and 80-metre range options and offers six degrees of freedom (6DoF).
The Radian Plus is supplied standard with the API vProbe or iScan. The vProbe is a handheld lightweight tactile probe that extends the laser tracker coordinate-measuring capabilities by permitting intricate features and part characteristics outside the line-of-sight tracker setup. The vProbe has more versatility than a portable arm CMM and is suitable for large parts and styli lengths up to 500 mm. API iScan is a handheld, lightweight, non-contact scanner with higher data rate, point cloud capture speed and a new global position sensor system.
The Radian Core is a spherically mounted retroflector (SMR) tracker only, with a measuring ranges of 50 and 80 metres.
All of API’s laser trackers feature the compact and rigid Unibody tracker design that uses shaft-mounted motors, encoders and laser. The innovative UNIBODY shaft-mounted laser minimizes ABBE offset errors. The Unibody houses the laser source, optics, camera and major head electronics in the centre of the tracker body, centralizing all heat sources and allowing rapid distribution of heat throughout the body during warm-up or drastic ambient temperature variations. The UNIBODY design maintains equilibrium through its operation due to a unique “air-over-cooling” system, resulting in shorter warm-up and superior measurement stability.
Standard iVision autolock functionality allows rapid recapture of a lost laser beam and provides usability for difficult-to-access and interrupted line-of-sight measurements. All Radian trackers house an integral battery offering four hours of battery operation with automatic recharge when the tracker is connected to the main power supply. An external power pack can add an additional four hours of remote operation and can be used for tablet and smartphone charging, in the event of device battery failure.
Integrated with the Radian Pro and Plus models is the innovative API iScan wireless handheld blue laser line scanner that offers a fast, accurate and more productive solution to generate component point clouds. Digitizing rates of up to 200,000 points/second and capable of scanning both reflective and dark surfaces. iScan features 360-degrees yaw and roll to achieve infinite sensor positioning.