Laser Design (LDI) announced that it has been appointed the master North American distributor for Tomelleri Engineering's line of Space Arm articulated-arm CMMs. The SPACE Arm line has been marketed in Europe and product distribution is now expanding worldwide.
The Space Arm line consists of four product families: the economical Space model, the mainstream Space Plus model, the Space Micron model, and the large-scale Space Explorer model. The units include a standard two-year warranty, an electronic brake feature to prevent the arm from crashing into the floor, temperature compensation features, a floating probe to eliminate operator induced hand heat and vibrations, and on-site calibration services.
The large volume Space Explorer arms have up to a 9.0M (30-ft.) diameter measurement range, and can be used for measuring large parts in industries such as automotive, heavy machinery, aerospace, and others.
The 5-axis Space Micron arm has a very small range with ultra high accuracy (4micron+L/50mm, 250mm range) that approaches stationary CMMs. The Space and Space Plus models range in size from 1.8M (6 ft.) to 4M (13 ft.).
LDI intends to appoint regional resellers throughout North America to market the Space Arm.
"The articulated arm is one of the most popular measuring instruments in the world," said LDI CEO C. Martin Schuster. "Within North America, most of these arms are sold directly by the large companies that manufacture them, which means that independent resellers can't easily participate in this large market segment. We plan to recruit resellers in different regions of North America that have strong backgrounds in metrology and reverse engineering and prior experience with similar articulated arms."
Options include a wide array of touch probe choices including a floating probe and Renishaw LP2 touch-trigger head, a variety of laser tube forks and specialized software for pipe measurements, various tripods, a Wi-Fi module, and a Lithium ION battery pack. Touch probe measurement software includes Geomagic Qualify Probe and Delcam Power Inspect. Additional 3D measurement software programs are in the process of being integrated with the Space Arm.
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Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company's website.