Portable Laser Tracker Probing System Eases Maintenance Inspection

Hexagon Metrology’s new handheld Leica B-Probe handles inspection, alignment and assembly of large-scale machinery and fabrications used by the chemical processing industry. This entry-level, wireless probing device extends the capability of the Leica Absolute Tracker AT402, a portable measurement system used to accurately measure and inspect in a radial volume up to 1,050 feet.

The wireless probe can be used to inspect new construction or maintenance work on large assemblies residing in a wide range of plants. The probe’s small footprint and wireless functionality was designed to enable a smooth construction or repair process while other tasks are conducted simultaneously on the plant floor.

The Leica B-Probe works within a 32.8 ft (10 m) radial distance from the AT402, offering greater capabilities and flexibility over similar systems that have fixed-base stations. The 6.7-ounce B-Probe features IP50 certification for ingress protection against dust and is AAA battery-powered. The working range of this system can be multiplied with almost no loss in probing accuracy by utilizing the move-station method.

For larger parts or measurements that require higher accuracies, a standard retroreflector can be used in combination with the B-Probe.