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Hexagon Metrology Unveils New Laser Tracker Probing System

Published: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 15:45

(Hexagon Metrology: North Kingstown, RI) -- Hexagon Metrology has announced the Leica B-Probe, an entry-level wireless probing device that extends the capability of the Leica Absolute Tracker AT402. The handheld Leica B-Probe is designed for the inspection, alignment, and assembly of large-scale fabrications such as railway coaches, construction, and off-highway vehicles or agricultural machinery.

The Leica B-Probe works within a 32.8 ft (10 m) radial distance from the AT402 with an accuracy of ±0.008 in. (0.2 mm) over a full measurement range, offering greater capabilities and flexibility over similar systems that have fixed-base stations. The lightweight 6.7 oz (190 g) B-Probe features IP50 certification and is AAA battery-powered, an ideal complement to the ultra-compact, user friendly system design of the AT402. By using the move-station method, the working range of the system can easily be multiplied with almost no loss in probing accuracy. For even larger parts or measurements that require higher accuracies, a standard retroreflector can also be used in combination with the B-Probe to take full advantage of the AT402’s accuracy and 525 ft. (160 m) radial measuring range.

“The B-Probe fills a niche between reflector-based measurements and our high-performance 6DoF (6 degrees of freedom) offering based on the Leica T-Probe and the Absolute Tracker AT901,” says Duncan Redgewell, general manager of Hexagon Metrology’s Laser Tracker product line. “We recognized that many industries manufacturing large-scale assemblies required range, portability, and inspection of hidden features, but had only modest accuracy requirements. The B-Probe was designed specifically for these users.”

The Leica B-Probe is available immediately at hexmet.us/bprobe and is distributed through Hexagon Metrology’s worldwide sales network and resellers. Adding the B-Probe accessory is as simple as adding a reflector to a laser tracker, and any AT402 laser tracker already in use can be upgraded with a B-Probe by the user.

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