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(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).

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(API Services: Newport News, VA) -- Automated Precision–Services Division (API Services), a company specializing in three-dimensional measurements and high-value metrology solutions, announces that it has been awarded accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025:2005 and ANSI/NCSL Z540-1-1994, awarded by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA). API Services has expanded its current accredited tracker calibration capabilities to include the Omnitrac 2 laser tracker and machine tool calibration equipment/processes. “With this accreditation, our customers have the assurance that the equipment we use and the data we provide is accurate and reliable,” says quality manager Kati Allison.

ISO 17025 certification is a global compliance system for calibration and testing laboratories requiring strict adherence to guarantee the reliability of the measurements provided. Accreditation proves the technical capability of a laboratory to execute certain types of measurement and raises the bar for the company.

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Although it sank more than 150 years ago, the USS Monitor has an everlasting place in history.

As one of the first of the so-called "ironclads," the Monitor, along with its Confederate Army foe, the CSS Merrimack, fought to a draw at the Battle of Hampton Roads, VA, on March 9, 1862. From that day forward, all other wooden navies in the world were obsolete.

Later in 1862, the Monitor sank in a storm off Cape Hatteras, NC, where the rusting hull rested until it was recovered by divers in 2002. Artifacts from the craft, including its revolving, cylindrical, 20-ft, two-gun turret, were taken to the Mariners' Museum in Newport News, VA.

Without question, relics from the Monitor are important to history, and the key to future study is preservation. That's where Automated Precision Inc. of Rockville, MD, comes in. Their 3D scanning hardware, not to mention the expertise of their engineers and support of software partners, enable artifacts such as the Monitor's turret to be recorded in the kind of minute detail that would not have been possible even in the recent past.

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(API Services: Newport News, VA) -- Konecranes Machine Tool Service recently invested approximately $300,000 in machine tool metrology equipment from Automated Precision Inc. (API). The new Radian laser tracker and four new 6D laser systems enable Konecranes Machine Tool Service to capture multiple data points that are required to correct for positioning and geometry errors in just one setup. The actual time saved by the new technology can be measured in days.

Although machine tool rebuilding or remanufacturing projects can routinely take four to six months to execute, emergency service callouts are often for items that can be fixed in one day or less. This is where the shortened data collection time offered by the new equipment benefits the customer and provides the most value. Konecranes Machine Tool Service specializes in turnkey service, combining the diagnostic function with the expertise to take immediate corrective action.

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(API: Rockville, MD) -- Automated Precision Inc. (API) has announced it has released the newest generation of its I-360 suite of handheld probing and scanning accessories to the Radian Laser Tracker.

All three models in the product family have been updated. New features include:
• The wireless probe-only I-Probe now offers a third port for attaching styli. This probe port is at the top of the instrument’s sensor head, which offers accuracies greater than 3-thouandths of an inch (75μ).
• The scanning model, I-Scan II, features a new HD camera that can collect points across surfaces that are traditionally difficult for scanners to measure, such as highly reflective
or high-contrast black-and-white areas.
• The combination I-360 unit offers all the features provided in the I-Probe and I-Scan.

These new models immediately replace the current I-360 suite and are available at the same pricing.

Innovation driven by customers

Several of the improvements made to this generation of the I-360 were provided from customer feedback. API engineers took suggestions to improve not only the accuracy, but also make it more ergonomic, according to API product manager Zach Ryan.

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(API: Newport News, VA) -- API Services, a subsidiary of metrology provider Automated Precision Inc. (API), announced this month that it has reached partnerships with two design and manufacturing leaders in the nuclear and energy industries. The partnerships are the result of ongoing growth in the nuclear industry and the need of nuclear plants for precision metrology services.

Together with its partners, API Services will continue to strive for excellent customer service for the nuclear and energy sectors. API Services has developed Smart Scanning, a patent-pending technology, that combines laser tracking and scanning instruments with 3D scanning software to conduct comprehensive structural scans in a few hours. The partnerships formed in the industry will allow the end result that all the service companies strive for: excellence and quality service to customers.

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St. Luke’s Church of Smithfield, Virginia, dates back to 1632. As the oldest surviving Gothic building in the United States, St. Luke’s Church is a historical landmark that is very significant to the Smithfield community and surrounding area. Despite being carefully preserved by a dedicated group of volunteers, St. Luke’s is cracking and settling.

Like many historic buildings, St. Luke’s lacks any real structural documentation, so how much damage the building is incurring over time is largely unknown. Furthermore, if the church incurred any significant damage from natural disaster, it would be very difficult to restore this important historical landmark.

St. Luke’s Church; however, has a special benefactor. New River Kinematics’ sales engineer, Will Austin, is a Smithfield native with close ties to the church; in fact, his parents were married there in 1975, and he has family on the board of Historic St. Luke’s Restoration Inc.

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This past month API Services and New River Kinematics teamed up for a historic preservation project at St. Luke’s Church and Museum in Smithfield, Virginia. Together, they provided a full building scan and collected point cloud data to keep records for the church and its ongoing restoration.

For nearly four centuries, historic St. Luke’s Church has persevered through war, destruction, misuse and abandonment, witnessing the great events of our nation’s history. This historic landmark is the oldest example of Gothic architecture in America, dating back to the 1600s. Today, tourists from all over the country come to learn about its history, marvel at the architecture, and pay respect to those who were buried in the cemetery. St. Luke’s offers church services to the public and still hosts events and weddings.