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API Launch Latest Radian Laser Tracker Range

Published: Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 12:00

(API Metrology: Rockville, MD) -- API announced the launch of its latest Radian line of laser trackers. The updated series of Radian trackers offer the lightest, most compact, and highest accuracy trackers in the industry. The line includes three models: Radian Core, Radian Plus, and Radian Pro.

The Radian Core is a spherically mounted retroreflector (SMR) tracker only, with a measuring range of 50 and 80 meters. Radian Plus is supplied standard with the API vProbe, a handheld, light-weight, tactile probe that extends the laser tracker coordinate measuring capabilities by permitting intricate features and part characteristics outside the line-of-site tracker setup. The vProbe has more versatility than a portable arm coordinate measuring machine (CMM), and is inherently suitable for large parts and styli lengths up to 500 mm. The Radian Pro offers both absolute distance measurement (ADM) and inferometer (IFM) capability. It is available with 20-, 50-, and 80-meter range options and features six-degrees of freedom (6DoF).

All of API’s laser trackers feature the compact and rigid UNIBODY design that uses shaft-mounted motors, encoders, and laser. The innovative UNIBODY shaft-mounted laser minimizes ABBE offset errors, while housing the laser source, optics, camera, and major head electronics in the center of the tracker body. This body design maintains constant heat equilibrium throughout its operation, resulting in shorter warm-up times and superior measurement stability.

API’s vProbe laser-tracker accessory

Standard iVision autolock functionality allows rapid recapture of a lost laser beam and provides effortless usability for difficult-to-access and interrupted line-of-sight measurements. Hot-swappable batteries provide 10 hours of operation for remote applications.

Integrated with Radian Plus or Pro models, the innovative API iScan wireless, handheld, blue-laser line scanner 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-degree yaw and roll to achieve infinite sensor positioning. Simple one-button operation provides effortless scanning functionality and also offers tactile probing, providing even greater tracker measuring flexibility.

RADIAN Pro trackers can be provided with calibration tools to perform dynamic calibration and dynamic tracking of industrial robots and machine tools delivering enhanced performance of manufacturing processes by reducing process variation.

Manufactured in the United States all RADIAN laser trackers are supplied with the industry’s most comprehensive 24-month parts and labor warranty. API provides inclusive tracker calibration and maintenance contracts that can also include loaner-tracker program and advance calibration reservation program.

API has pioneered laser-based equipment for measurement and calibration for more than 30 years. API founder and CEO,  Kam Lau, invented the laser tracker while working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to allow industrial robot accuracies to be determined.

For more information visit www.apimetrology.com.


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API Services, a metrology and machine tool calibration service company, has been in business since 2008 and is headquartered in Newport News, Virginia. API Services offers machine tool calibration and repair, contract measurement services, tracker and software training, on-site laser tracker calibration and certification, 3-D laser scanning, customized maintenance and support services, and you can rent or be trained on API equipment. Visit www.apitechnical.com for more information.