Faro has announced the release of a next generation of laser trackers. The product family sets a new price/performance standard for addressing challenges in large-scale metrology including, but not limited to, assembly alignment, part and assembly inspection, machine installation and alignment, and reverse engineering.
The product family consists of two models: the VantageE with an operating range of 25 metres and the VantageS with an operating range of 80 metres. Both compact models offer portability with an integrated master control unit (MCU), hot swappable batteries that eliminate the need for AC power and cabling, and industrial grade Wi-Fi for reliable, wireless communications. This set of advanced features, along with a single carrying case, enables easy transport between job sites and/or locations within the factory by a single user.
The laser tracker is the first that utilises Faro RemoteControls for advanced control of the system using a mobile phone or tablet device. The mobile device not only controls the movements of the laser tracker but also delivers enhanced functionality such as live video feed from targeting cameras, so that a single operator can now easily control the laser tracker from anywhere in the measurement area. Also included are workflow management features such as remote accuracy checks and programmable remote warm-up so the user can schedule the device to turn on in advance and make it ready for immediate operation when the operator arrives.
RemoteControls also includes a functionality where the laser beam can be automatically re-established with a simple set of gestures, indoors or outdoors. This dramatically improves efficiency and productivity by eliminating the challenge of a broken laser beam and the need to manually reacquire the target. It also significantly reduces user training by dramatically increasing the ease of use for the operator.