The Leica Absolute Tracker AT403 is a Metrology Workshop in a Box

by Joel Martin on March 7, 2017 From Technology

This week, the Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence division rolled out the latest Leica Absolute Tracker, the AT403. What makes this product so compelling is that it offers a metrology workshop in a box that is ready for ultra large measurement volumes in extreme environments.

 
SmallPNGAT403576361 in case MTC75Let's start with some important features and data points:
1. The AT403 offers an industry-leading, ultra-large measurement volumes of up to 1,049.87 ft. 
2. The solution provides an operating temperature range of -15°C to 45°C (5° F to 115° F) for smooth operation in a range of extreme climates and working conditions.
3. Provides full IP54 certification for user confidence in dusty (Dust protected: ingress of dust is not entirely prevented, but it must not enter in sufficient quantity to interfere with the satisfactory operation of the equipment; complete protection against contact) and potentially wet working environments (Splashing water: water splashing against the enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effect)
4. Delivers integrated wireless connectivity to environmental monitoring for complete freedom of movement while scanning an object.
5. Offers all day battery power to an overview camera, streamlining your workflow and providing the greatest possible efficiency of your operator’s metrology work time.
 

What this means to operators is that the system's all-in-one integrated design delivers innovative updates to elevate overall performance and speed, while making the tracker easier to use for both expert and novice users. The user's every need has been built into the Leica AT403 platform, delivering a metrology workshop in a box that is ready for large-scale manufacturing and inspection applications on the factory floor or in remote locations. Check out our video and more product information here.

How it works
The Leica Absolute Tracker AT403 introduces a new RapidSight aim alignment tool in addition to its orient-to-gravity feature facilitating measurement with the Z-axis aligned to gravity, which is used for levelling and machine and/or component alignment tasks. Single user operation is enabled with built-in WiFi with true access point functionality and a simple PC setup, as well as remote control options via laptops, tablets or smartphones. The system’s updated distance meter technology optimizes the use of the Leica B-Probe with the laser tracker for probing operations with customizable hidden-point capability. The laser tracker also integrates new continuous measurement functionality, enabling the measurement of moving points for the first time at this level of the Leica Absolute Tracker product range. The Leica Absolute Tracker AT403 also leverages key features from its predecessors, including the unrivalled PowerLock feature that automatically re-establishes an interrupted line-of-sight without user interaction within a wide field of view.
 

The Takeaway
I am quite pleased with how our global Leica Absolute Tracker engineering team was about to push our best-in-class technologies forward with a fresh viewpoint and a "metrology workshop in a box" mentality that reflects the way our customers use our products. Greater portability and robustness were baseline concepts that fueled the new design, but usability was the engine for the solution. We wanted to deliver greater ease of use and speed, without compromising accuracy, to generate measurements anywhere they are needed, on the aerospace factory floor or in the desert aligning solar arrays.  

The Leica Absolute Tracker AT403 was truly a customer-driven achievement. We'd like to give you the chance to see the AT403 for yourself -- please contact your local Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence salesperson or contact us by phone at 800.274.9433 or on the web here.

Joel Martin

Joel Martin serves as the Laser Tracker Product Manager for Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence. Martin has spent nearly 20 years dedicated to the Leica laser tracker product line and the industrial metrology market. He entered the profession as an Applications Engineer after his university studies in Electrical Engineering. He worked hands-on with clients to ensure successful product integration into industries such as automotive, aerospace and more. Martin transitioned into other roles in sales and key account management.

Promoted to Product Manager, Joel focused on new product development working closely with the technical staff at the Leica factory headquarters in Unterentfelden, Switzerland.

Martin is currently responsible for new business development of the Leica Absolute laser tracker product line into emerging and growing markets. He leads product development with a market- driven mindset focused on features, benefits, and solutions that satisfy end user requirements.

Joel has published multiple white papers on the use of laser trackers, metrology-assisted applications, and automation. He has presented internationally on the topic of laser trackers and how they apply to industry. Much of his recent work has been focused on how metrology applies to factory automation. Martin is the co-author of the patent for PowerLock, an innovative vision technology that greatly advanced the usability of laser tracker technology.