LEICA ABSOLUTE TRACKER ATS600
THE DIRECT SCANNING LASER TRACKER
The Leica Absolute Tracker ATS600 is the ultimate in high-speed inspection for large parts and surfaces. Representing the next level of 3D inspection, it combines traditional laser tracker reflector measurement functionality with the pioneering technology of metrology-grade contactless measurement direct from the laser tracker.
No accessories such as reflectors, targets or handheld scanners are required to mediate the measurement – this is the world’s first ever direct scanning laser tracker.
Intelligently combining this ground-breaking technology with traditional reflector measurement delivers significant reductions in inspection process times and opens entirely new applications to the world of metrological quality control, in areas that have never before been practical. This is high-accuracy measurement, alignment and analysis on a whole new scale.
The first ever direct scanning laser tracker will bridge the gap between point-by-point reflector and probe measurements and the advanced scanning functionality of a handheld 3D laser scanner. With its unique direct scanning functionality, the Leica Absolute Tracker ATS600 delivers several unmatched benefits across a range of large-scale applications.
✔ LARGE – SCALE POWER
The range of the ATS600 is fundamentally different to any comparable metrology system, with direct scanning guaranteed at up to 60 metres distance with metrology- grade accuracy of to within 300 microns. Parts that are challenging, impractical or uneconomical to digitise with traditional scanning tools are now fair game for accurate measurement.
✔ SIMPLE OPERATION
Measurement is an easy one-user process with the ATS600. Targets are easily identified, either on the tracker or in the software, and results are delivered and processed efficiently through established workflows. Minimal training, minimal mistakes, minimal effort.
✔ AUTOMATIC CONTROL
The ATS600 is ideal for automated installations – it was designed with automation in mind. With minimal user intervention required, it can be set up to independently perform many repetitive measurements independently and without station relocations.
✔ METROLOGY WORKFLOWS
A key benefit of the ATS600 is its ability to integrate direct scanning within a completely metrology-oriented workflow. All measurement data collected, whether non-contact
or reflector, is directly delivered to metrology software
with a data rate of up to 1000 Hertz, making it possible to bring quality inspection to entirely new parts of the manufacturing world.
✔ COMBINED EFFECTS
With the ATS600, reflector-based and reflectorless measurement can be intelligently combined, with simple reflector alignment and direct scanning working together to quickly deliver a complete picture of a target part.
✔ FAST MEASUREMENT
The ATS600 is uniquely fast throughout the measurement process. And data point-density is fully configurable, allowing users to tailor measurement process rate and accuracy level to their application – from a quick check at 10 seconds per square metre or a high-accuracy scan at 135 seconds per square metre.
→ BUILT ON A PLATFORM OF LEADING ABSOLUTE TECHNOLOGY
Delivering a pioneering form of direct scanning measurement, the Leica Absolute Tracker ATS600 is a game changer for the inspection of large parts and surfaces. This change is based on a form of technology previously unexploited by dedicated metrological systems – Wave Form Digitisation.
→ THE SCANNING ABSOLUTE DISTANCE METER
The Wave Form Digitiser (WFD) is an established technology used by high-definition surveying tools. It combines time-of-flight and phase- shift measurement technology, to deliver fast measurement over long
distances with no need for a target at the point of measurement.
While WFD technology has been in use in geospatial measurement equipment for some time, it is only now that, for the first time, the accuracy of this technology has been refined to metrological levels. The ground-breaking Scanning Absolute Distance Meter in the Leica
Absolute Tracker ATS600 can take non-contact measurements with a range noise of within 80 micron (1σ) – an order of magnitude more accurate than previous WFD-based measurement systems.
→ THE SELECTIVE MEASUREMENT GRID
To digitise a part or surface, the ATS600 sequentially measures a grid of points within a user-defined area. This ‘selective scanning’ allows for far more efficient measurement and data analysis processes
than the full hemisphere measurement typical of high-definition surveying systems. The scan region of interest is simply defined either through the onboard Overview Camera or by selecting nominal or CAD data from within the application software.
Multiple scan regions with individual grid parameters within the field of view of the ATS600 can be combined in a single run to minimise user interactions. And the nature of the scan grid produced is also user-customisable, with measurement point density selectable between 0.5 and 1000 millimetres at measurement object distance. This puts the user firmly in control of achieving the appropriate balance between scan detail and measurement process speed.
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