- September 10, 2018
September 10, 2018 – Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division announced the launch of the 360° FMC-Tracker, a measurement cell powered by the "absolute accuracy" of the Leica Absolute Tracker AT960 and the Leica T-Scan 5 laser scanner. The solution will debut at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) 2018, in Hexagon Booth 135202, September 10 – 15, McCormick Place, Chicago, IL. Designed to measure mid-to-large sized parts, manufacturers can utilize the in-line, near-line or off-line options of the 360° FMC-Tracker for automated measurement productivity. Supporting a variety of customer applications, the solution offers surface scanning, feature calculation and discrete point measurement. The 360° FMC-Tracker will be available to U.S. customers in the fourth quarter of 2018.
Leveraging the features of the Leica Absolute Tracker product line, the 360° FMC-Tracker can measure parts with a variety of surfaces and finishes without the need for targets. This capability provides a 3D measurement process less prone to operator error. Programmable automated measurement eliminates bottlenecks at manual process points. The system can scale to the appropriate size for any work piece and measure multiple parts in production. The system offers a smaller cell footprint and does not require additional robots, temperature compensation artifacts, and software.
The 360° FMC-Tracker is configurable to a range of specific measurement applications. The system is available in ‘Solo’ and ‘Duet’ configurations featuring one or two turn tables. The ‘Runway’ options allow for the addition of a robot slider from 13 to 39 ft. in length. The cell offers further flexibility as the portable laser tracker component can be removed from the cell and used for manual measurement tasks with the supplied laser scanner, a Leica T-Probe, or a reflector for single-point measurement.