Increase Manufacturing Efficiency
The award-winning, one-of-a-kind Active Target from Automated Precision Inc. (API) is a next generation Spherically Mounted Retroreflector (SMR). This motorized target locks on to any API laser tracker and automatically positions itself so it will never lose the beam which allows for automated measurements on machine tools, robots, or any other movable object where a standard SMR could not do the job.
Read More: How to properly clean an SMR.
How Does it Work?
The center reflector works in a similar fashion to any standard SMR. The difference is the built-in motorization technology that automatically positions the reflector to always be facing the tracker regardless of movement.
The Active Target advantage
Since the Active Target automatically positions to stay locked on; it’s easy to measure long rails, the movements of vehicles, even the compound motion of robots and it also tracks the position of CMMs and CNC machining equipment without manual user intervention. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted patent rights to API that cover a full tracking system. The patent includes API’s active targets with API’s laser trackers and precludes the use of non-API trackers with API’s active target.