API LAUNCHES LATEST RADIAN LASER TRACKER RANGE
API has 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 hand-held light-weight tactile probe that extends the laser tracker coordinate measuring capabilities, permitting intricate features and part characteristics outside the line-of-site 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 500 mm. The Radian Pro offers both absolute distance measurement (ADM) and inferometer (IFM) capability, is available with 20, 50 and 80-meter range options, and features 6‑degrees of freedom (6DoF).
All of API’s laser trackers feature the compact and rigid UNIBODY design that uses shaft-mounted motors, encoders and laser. The innovative UNIBODY shaft-mounted laser minimizes ABBE offset errors, while housing the laser source, optics, camera and major head electronics in the center of the tracker body. This body design maintains constant heat equilibrium throughout its operation, resulting in shorter warm-up times 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. Hot swappable batteries provide 10 hours of operation for remote applications.
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 model, the innovative API iScan™ handheld blue laser line scanner 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° yaw and roll to achieve infinite sensor positioning. Simple one-button operation provides effortless scanning functionality and 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 loaner tracker program and 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.