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Automated Precision Inc.


API Launches vProbe, the Newest Accessory for Omnitrac 2

Published: Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 17:29

(API: Rockville, MD) -- Automated Precision Inc. (API) has released the vProbe, the newest accessory for the Omnitrac 2 (OT2) laser tracker. The vProbe’s wireless technology syncs perfectly with API’s Omnitrac 2 laser tracker.

The vProbe is a six degree-of-freedom (6DoF) contact probing option. It is an evolution of the cutting-edge technology that debuted in API’s I-360 line of products.

The i360 revolutionized portable metrology by offering an all-in-one probing and scanning solution for large-volume measurement. The vProbe continues this innovation by combining multiple measurement practices into one easy-to-use contact probing device. The hidden-point measurement function allows the operator to measure inside and behind objects, reducing the number of tracker moves necessary to complete the measurement. Downtime is significantly reduced because the operator doesn’t need to make as many trips between the tracker and the part.

Innovation driven by customers

vProbe development initially began after the launch of the Omnitrac 2 laser tracker. Customers in confined areas or measuring complex parts asked for a probing solution that would integrate with the OT2 tracker.

“We felt that the OT2 demonstrates ultimate portability in contact metrology, and our customers agreed that a lightweight probing solution would further supplement the simplicity and portability of the OT2,” says product manager Zach Ryan.

Primary features

The vProbe has more advanced integration features than other systems:
True wireless portability. The vProbe/Omnitrac 2 integrated system uses wireless technology, allowing true portability of the device. The integrated battery is capable of operating for up to six hours on a single charge, allowing for set up, tear down, and/or relocation of the tracking.
Long-range measurement. The vProbe boasts a large operating range of 80 m. With integrated wireless technology, vProbe operates over distances that other systems cannot.
Dynamic scanning. vProbe’s dynamic scanning capability provides instant coordinate feedback, allowing the operator to take measurements faster than with competing systems.
Compact design. The vProbe has a lightweight design and fits with the Omnitrac 2 in a single carrying case, making transportation easier than ever.
Ergonomic. With vProbe’s design and easy-hold grip, it can be operated for longer periods of time with greater agility.
Flexible. Dual stylus locations, easy indicator lights, and a stylus toggle switch make measurements with the vProbe quick and convenient. Easily measure inside, behind, or the side of an object.

Lighter and easier to handle, the next step in handheld probing

The vProbe weighs just 1.5 lb, making this generation the lightest handheld probing solution offered by API to date. As with the I-360, the vProbe provides a full 360° roll to achieve any measurement orientation. This maneuverability can be critical to getting accurate measurements of hidden angles or cavities where traditional measuring tools and trackers can’t easily reach. The vProbe provides the highest accuracy yet in an API probing solution, with as low as 55 microns of volumetric 3D error, a 25-percent improvement over the I-360 wireless probe. The range of measurement remains a key feature of the product because it can be used up to 50 m from the laser tracker, straight out of the box, and up to 80 m from the laser tracker with optional range-boosting technologies. Existing styli from the I-360 line can be used with the vProbe with no modification, and the vProbe enhances the operation by offering a simplistic stylus toggle to switch between the two stylus locations.


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Founded in 1987 by Kam Lau, Automated Precision Inc. (API) is the inventor and original patent holder on the first laser tracker systems. API develops and manufactures laser trackers; portable coordinate measuring machines (CMMs); laser tracker accessories, which include probes, sensors, targets, cameras, SMRs, and scale bars; and machine tool calibration products. API Technical Services include contract measurement equipment rental, onsite laser tracker calibrations, machine tool error mapping, machine tool alignment, and training for 3-D measurement systems and analysis software. With its world headquarters in Rockville, Maryland, API has offices in China, Germany, and India.