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3D Scanning the Seabees Monument for Navy in Arlington, Virginia

Applications Engineer for API Services uses two of API’s scanners, the API Hemiscan and the API Imager, to make a digital copy of the Seabees statue.

In 1970, the Seabee Memorial began construction to build a monument in Washington, D.C. to honor the memory of those who served in Naval Construction Battalions. The famous Felex de Weldon – a former Seabee – designed the Monument of dark brown marble with bronze figures and bronze back wall. Automated Precision volunteered their services […]

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Students inspect parts using API laser tracker

Curtis Husted, a coordinate metrology instructor at Cerritos college in California, teaches his class using an OT2 laser tracker from Automated Precision Incorporated. The OT2 laser tracker from API was obtained from enhancement funds provided by the chancellor’s office of the California community colleges. Husted’s MTT168 students use the laser tracker on aerospace parts to learn advanced aspects of metrology using the API laser tracker and Verisurf software. PHOTO CAPTION: Ayaz Patel, aerospace machinist being instructed by Curtis Husted, tooling metrology specialist and part-time instructor at Cerritos College. The curriculum for the advanced Verisurf and tool building class was developed in conjunction with Verisurf and other industry partners including Robb Rudluff from API Services. Husted says, “As an industry expert, I find that the API tracker is a great addition to our class curriculum. We use the tracker to set details, perform validation checks, measure features, all with a high level of confidence.” “​Our students are each equipped with a MasterGage PCMM at their work stations. This is good for tutorials and practice with getting comfortable with the software. We also have demonstrations with the API Tracker where ultra-precision measurements can be performed to give the students a sense of accuracy and confidence that they are measuring correctly,” says Husted. Cerritos College is the first community college in California to offer a

Curtis Husted, a coordinate metrology instructor at Cerritos College in California, teaches his class using an OT2 laser tracker from Automated Precision Incorporated. The OT2 laser tracker from API was obtained from enhancement funds provided by the chancellor’s office of the California community colleges. Husted’s MTT168 students use the laser tracker on aerospace parts to […]

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API Services is laser focused on precision business

Stephen Strand Application Engineer showing a model created from a 3d scanning project

Whether it flies, floats, needs to spin smoothly and steadily or needs to be in perfect alignment, API Services is laser-focused on the business of precision measurements.   How precisely can API Services measure? Most of the company’s dimensional measurement work is accurate within a few thousandths of an inch, while some machine tool calibration […]

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API Services 3D Scans Boat Hull for Lake George Steamboat Company – the “World’s oldest transportation company”

The Lake George Steamboat Company, located in New York, boasts the title as the “World’s oldest transportation company” in the world. The steamboat company recently had API Services laser scan the hull of the 107 year old Mohican, the oldest boat in their fleet. The original Mohican (1894-1907) was a 93-foot wooden hull vessel. In […]

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API Laser Tracker Used for a Rolling Mill Calibration

Handan Iron & Steel Group Used API’s Laser Tracker to Calibrate Their Rolling Mill Handan Iron & Steel Group (Han Steel) was established in 1958 in Handan city, Hebei province, China.  With over 50 years of development, Han Steel has over 85.6 billion Yuan in total assets and 24,000 staffs.  Hans Steel is capable of producing […]

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Laser based metrology in assembly and compressor services

The compressors used at NEAC’s Übach-Palenberg, Germany plant run so hard and fast that, if they were the pistons in a car engine, that auto would rack up nearly 500,000 miles every year – representing 333 days of uninterrupted driving. Oh, and the engine would receive only one service check-up each year. This example illustrates […]

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Antenna Measurement with a Laser Tracker

Antenna Measurement with Laser Tracker

Antennas are used for the transition of guided electromagnetic waves into free space, and antenna metrology takes place at exactly this interface. ORBIT/FR offers turnkey solutions in this area for aerospace, automotive and telecommunication fields, as well as for the defence sector. Whichever of the solutions offered by ORBIT/FR comes into question for a specific […]

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Laser tracker as invaluable tool in the quality assurance of wind power components

API´s Radian laser tracker helps improve quality assurance of heavy wind components.

Wind power is more than an emerging industry. Wind energy is recognized as a sector poised for dramatic growth in the coming years. Its potential has drawn many upstarts to move into the market, and more established players to expand their operations. To succeed, companies must differentiate themselves – and the quality of their products. […]

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3D Measurement in confined spaces using a laser tracker

3D Measurement in confined spaces using an API Laser Tracker

It is a paradox of manufacturing that objects requiring the most complex and precise three-dimensional  (3D) measurements often offer the least freedom of movement, making it difficult to obtain such readings. Cockpit equipment, filling systems, aircraft parts and railroad cars are all such examples of objects that require very precise measurements in their construction but also have large […]

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Portable 3D laser metrology plays major role in assembly of plasma fusion energy system

API Radian laser tracker mounted directly on a support

Tracking the future Very rarely is a research area as dependent on 3D measurement technology in the setup of its major experiments as fusion plasma physics. When one realizes how highly complex these systems are, and how deeply industrial portable 3D laser metrology measurement technology, and in particular the mobile variants – highly-developed laser trackers, […]

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