API Launch Enhanced Radian Laser Tracker Range

API has announced the launch of its enhanced series of RADIAN Laser Trackers offering the lightest, most compact and highest accuracy trackers available. The extended RADIAN laser tracker range comprises three models; Radian Pro, Radian Plus and Radian Core.

The Radian Pro offers both absolute Distance Measurement (ADM) and inferometer (IFM) capability and is available with 20, 50 and 80 meter range options and offers 6 degrees of freedom (6DoF).

The Radian Plus is supplied standard with the API vProbe™ or iScan™. The API vProbe is a hand-held, light-weight, tactile probe, that extends the laser tracker coordinate measuring capabilities, by permitting intricate features and part characteristics outside the line-of-sight tracker set-up. The vProbe has more versatility than a portable arm CMM and is inherently suitable for large parts and styli lengths up to 500mm.  API iScan is a hand-held, light-weight, non-contact scanner with new higher data-rate, point cloud capture speed, and a new global position sensor system.

The Radian Core is a spherically-mounted retroflector (SMR) tracker with measuring ranges of 50 and 80 meters.

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. Housing laser source, optics, camera and major head electronics in the center of the tracker body, centering all heat sources, allows 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 effortless usability for difficult-to-access and interrupted line of sight measurements. Uniquely all RADIAN trackers house an integral battery offering 4 hours of battery operation with automatic recharge when tracker is connected to main powers supply. An external power pack can add a further 4 hours remote operation and can also be used for Tablet and Smart Phone 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. 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 USA, 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 a loaner tracker program and an advance calibration reservation program.

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

For more information: www.apimetrology.com

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