Hexagon Metrology announced the Leica B-Probe, an entry-level, wireless probing device that extends the capability of the Leica Absolute Tracker AT402. The hand-held Leica B-Probe is designed for the inspection, alignment and assembly of large scale fabrications such as railway coaches, construction and off-highway vehicles or agricultural machinery.
The Leica B-Probe works within a 32.8 ft. (10 m) radial distance from the AT402 with an accuracy of +/- .008 in. (0.2 mm) over a full measurement range. The lightweight, 6.7 oz. (190 g) B-Probe features IP50 certification and is AAA battery-powered. By using the move station method, the working range of the system can be multiplied with almost no loss in probing accuracy, the company says. For larger parts or measurements that require higher accuracies, a standard retroreflector can also be used in combination with the B-Probe to take full advantage of the AT402's accuracy and 525 ft. (160 m) radial measuring range.
"The B-Probe fills a niche between reflector-based measurements and our high-performance 6DoF (6 degrees of freedom) offering based on the Leica T-Probe and the Absolute Tracker AT901," said Duncan Redgewell, general manager of Hexagon Metrology's Laser Tracker Product Line. "We recognized that many industries manufacturing large-scale assemblies required range, portability and inspection of hidden features, but had only modest accuracy requirements. The B-Probe was designed specifically for these users."
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