How it Works – RMS
Throughout the nearly 60 years of industrial robot design, production, and performance, one significant problem has remained: Robots have excellent repeatability, but their Trueness keeps them from being Accurate. As we’ve discussed in other videos, in order to be truly Accurate, one needs to be Repeatably True to a desired point. This lack of True […]
How it Works – vProbe
How Do Tactile Probes Work? Tactile probes extend Laser Tracker measurements, but how do these probes work, and how do they differ from SMRs? In some of our other posts, we’ve discussed how both Laser Trackers and SMRs work and how they work together to produce extremely accurate measurements across distances of 80m in industrial manufacturing. Over […]
What is Dwell Time?
What is Dwell Time? If you’ve seen our recent demos of the API XD Laser and SwivelCheck for Machine Tool Calibration (MTC) on YouTube, then you’ve probably heard us mention dwell time in both of those videos. Dwell Time is a very popular search term because it is actually used in several different fields, including […]
How do Laser Trackers Work?
In the more than 30 years since Dr. Lau invented the Laser Tracker, they have become an essential tool at manufacturing sites in many different industries around the world. Laser Trackers offer portable measurements for part inspection and verification, assembly alignments, machine calibration, and much more at CMM-level accuracies. Laser Trackers have revolutionized quality inspection […]
What is a Micron? Microns are used by manufacturers, OEMs, and MSPs to discuss tolerances and capabilities. But how long have we been using the term, and how small are they actually? The term micron is everywhere in modern metrology. Manufacturers face tolerance demands in the microns; MSPs and OEMs promise accuracies within a few […]
What Is Laser Tracker Warm Up Time?
Have you ever wondered what happens when your Laser Tracker is warming up or why it needs to at all? We did! Watch as we discuss the need for warm-up time and how it affects tracker performance.
How To Set Up A Laser Tracker
Daniel and Chris discuss how to set up a Laser Tracker for measurement, featuring API’s Radian Pro Laser Tracker.
How Do SMRs Work?
So much emphasis has been placed on tracker accuracies, and the capabilities of the probes and scanners that pair with them. There is an often-overlooked component of tracker operation and measurement: Spherically Mounted Retroreflectors (SMRs).
What Is 6 Degrees of Freedom?
API Product Line
For more than 30 years, API has pioneered laser-based equipment for measurement and calibration. API’s 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. Today, API is a global company offering not only the state-of-the-art […]