The origins of Leica Geosystems date back nearly 200 years, with the founding of Kern & Co. in 1819. A little over one hundred years later, in a small empty textile mill in Heerbrugg, Heinrich Wild developed the T2, the world’s first portable opto-mechanical theodolite, and built the foundation of modern surveying. A few years later, the fledgling start-up company, Wild Heerbrugg, introduced the world’s first aerial camera, the C2, along with the B2, the world’s first analogue photogrammetric plotter. Over the last two centuries,the company, in its various forms, has grown by becoming the world’s first in surveying innovation.
A long-term standard in industrial metrology: Leica Laser Tracker Systems lead the field in terms of the accuracy, reliability and durability in portable coordinate measurement. A laser tracker from (Leica) Hexagon Metrology is a portable measurement system that relies on a laser beam to accurately measure and inspect in a spherical volume of up to 160 m [525 ft].
Expansion or automation of the system with hand-guided scanners, wireless probes or robot applications opens up an enormous number of possible applications. The result; rapid and highly accurate measurements fed directly into production leading to cost savings and quality improvements.
The two following products are an example of Leica innovation in laser tracking:
Leica AT 402
The Leica Absolute Tracker AT402 is a portable coordinate measuring machine (CMM) that allows extreme precision over ultra large distances. It is powered by its own internal battery and is able to work in the most demanding environment, yet maintains the highest level of precision and the largest ever work envelope.
The Leica Absolute Tracker AT901 from Leica Geosystems is a portable measurement system that relies on a laser beam to accurately measure and inspect in a spherical volume of up to 160 m [525 ft]. The Leica Absolute Tracker AT901 can gather 3D coordinates in 3 ways: by following a small mirrored sphere, also known as a reflector; by tracking a Leica T-Probe, a hand-held “walk-around” wireless contact probe; or by tracking a Leica T-Scan, a contactless high-speed laser scanner. Which measurement method you should use will depend on your application. With Leica there are no limitations.