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API combines innovation with experience for the best solution to industrial measurement tasks

Automated Precision Europe GmbH (API) will present new solutions for industrial measuring tasks at CONTROL in Stuttgart (Hall: 3, Booth 3504) on May 3-6, 2022.












Market-leading mobile 3D measurement technology with coordinated accessories

Fig. 1: API RADIAN Laser Tracker: Measuring complex geometries
Fig. 2: API RADIAN Laser Tracker: Measuring largest parts - © API Metrology Team

RADIAN Laser Trackers from API are the world's lightest, most compact and most accurate 3D measurement systems. Live demos at the booth will showcase RADIAN Pro, Plus and Core models with innovative accessories. "Our customers achieve optimal product quality and equipment performance in manufacturing with the 3D measurement technology on display at our booth," said Jan-Hendrik Lott, general manager of API Region EMEA.

The new vProbe from API for perfect, tactile measurements directly in production

Fig. 3: New vProbe with Smart Buttons and RFID chip in measurement use with RADIAN Laser Tracker.
Fig. 4: vProbe for point measurements + dynamic scanning - © API Metrology Team

Showcased at the booth: The new, improved vProbe is a wireless, hand-held tactile probe. It offers CMM-level accuracy. Even smaller and lighter than the previous model, it features automatic probe recognition, smart buttons and has a battery life of up to 8 hours.

More versatile and accurate than a measuring arm, it is especially suitable for medium and large components. Its RFID probe detection function eliminates the need for manual probe selection. The dynamic tactile scanning function provides instant coordinate feedback. Various styli can be mounted horizontally or vertically.

The vProbe is ideal for precision measurement for parts, quality assurance, fixture and tooling, reverse engineering and scanning.

iScan3D - Hand-held 3D scanner offers more freedom for metrology

Fig. 5: The ergonomics of the iScan3D allows both scanning and tactile measurements
Fig. 6: RFID-chipped stylus tips up to 500 mm in length - © API Metrology Team

API will introduce the latest generation of the handheld iScan3D™ laser scanner at Control 2022. It features enhanced optical sensors and blue crossed laser lines for fast and accurate point cloud creation. The iScan3D is designed for portable, dimensional inspection and fatigue-free on-site scanning. It allows tactile and scanning measurements and point cloud generation in conjunction with the RADIAN Laser Tracker (6DoF = 6 degrees of freedom).

Highest accuracy for time-saving MTC calibration of machines and systems

Fig. 7: 6 Straight line of freedom of the XD laser - 80 % less machine downtime
Fig. 8a + b: XD laser with accessories - © API Metrology Team

With its time-saving machine and equipment calibration product and service program, API helps optimize equipment performance and manufacturing process quality. API Laser Trackers, together with the Active Target, measure complex multi-axis machines with unsurpassed accuracy and speed. In MTC calibration, the XD Laser can measure all 6 defect parameters simultaneously in a single setup. This means up to 80% less machine downtime and calibration times of a few hours instead of several days.

Reliable robot use thanks to contactless measurement

Fig. 9: Contactless measurement with robots and API 3D metrology
Fig. 10: More robot performance with Robot Metrology Solution (RMS) - © API Metrology Team

At Control, the API team will provide information on the use of RapidScan and special software (RMS) to achieve higher accuracies than specified by robot manufacturers. Robot Metrology Solution (RMS) provides a complete toolkit to check the performance of industrial robots according to ISO 9283 standard in combination with the RADIAN Laser Tracker and Active Target (AT).

Smart Factory Systems - Technological Advancement in Automation

With the use of the API Smart Factory Inspection System (SFIS), the manufacturing industry ensures the absolute accuracy of the automated inspection process. Using the RADIAN laser tracker, sensors and RMS software, API measurement experts validate and analyze installed systems with true 6 DoF real-time 3D robotic measurement.

The SFIS can be supplied as a custom integrated solution or as a standard production test cell. It consists of a 6DoF laser tracker, scanner and an industrial robot. SFIS is modular and scalable for different part sizes.

Fast availability and flexibility - thanks to services and a loan and rental program

The API team provides measurement services and project consulting in Europe for inspection and alignment, prototype testing, and on-site machine and robot calibration. In the certified laboratory in Heidelberg, API additionally performs accuracy checks as well as calibrations for laser trackers.

As an alternative to purchasing, the rental program gives customers quick access to API benchmark RADIAN laser trackers and accessories. The rental trackers come complete with measurement software or can be used with customer's own software.

API's lease-purchase program allows rental payments to be offset against the cost of a new API laser tracker. Furthermore, different leasing options are offered.

API: Consulting expertise and customer satisfaction - worldwide and in all industries

As one of the leading manufacturers of mobile laser-based 3D measurement systems, API has been supporting customers all over the world for more than 30 years. Worldwide offices and a dense network of sales partners provide customer-oriented individual consulting. Headquartered in Rockville, Maryland, USA.

With the know-how of its team of measurement experts, API offers mobile measurement systems, customized software solutions and 3D scanners for robot performance measurement. Calibration and measurement services and training round out the offerings. Schedule an appointment to discuss your needs: www.apimetrology.com/contact-api/
For more information, visit www.apimetrology.com.

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