Laser Trackers Accurate Up To .0002 In.

Laser Trackers Accurate Up To .0002 In.

Faro Technologies Inc. (www.faro.com) has released new laser measurement tools capable of .0006 in. and .0002 in. accuracies. The company says its Laser Tracker X and Xi models feature an expanded temperature range for greater adaptability to harsh manufacturing environments. "The new tracker X and Xi are twice as accurate at distance measurement as previous models and continue to provide the most all-around precision of any trackers on the market," said Jay Freeland, president of Faro. "Those advantages, combined with a 66 percent larger temperature range of -15 degrees C to 50 degrees C (5 degrees F to 122 degrees F), make the Faro Laser Trackers the most flexible and cost-efficient laser measurement devices of their kind." Faro Laser Trackers are portable contact measurement systems that use laser technology to accurately measure large parts and machinery across a wide range of industrial applications. Each measures x, y, and z coordinates with its laser by following a hand-held, mirrored, spherical probe that is guided along the surface to be measured. The 3D position of the probe is reported in real-time with high accuracy angular encoders and the models' Xtreme ADM feature. This feature also enables the Faro Laser Tracker to handle beam breaks. If a person or object comes between the Tracker's beam and the probe, the operator can immediately re-acquire the beam and continue measuring without having to hold the target steady to allow for distance to be reset. In addition to offering up to 0.001 in. 3D, single-point accuracy and 230-foot range, both models include Self-Comp - which eliminates the previously time-consuming and operatorintensive compensation process with a one-button, fully automated, fiveminute compensation routine—and Smart Warm-up, which heats them to an optimal temperature in half the time so operators can begin measuring more quickly. The Faro Tracker X model also has an Instant-On Laser for immediate measuring capability.

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