GKS Now Offers Laser Tracker Services


(DETROIT, MI; October 10, 2008) - GKS Inspection Services, a global provider of dimensional measurement, 3D laser scanning, and terrestrial scanning services for over 25 years, now offers high-accuracy laser tracker services as a complementary measuring tool to its already extensive menu of services which include 3D laser scanning, dimensional inspection, and terrestrial laser scanning. Since the laser tracker is portable and extremely versatile, large parts, assemblies, and machinery used in a wide range of industrial applications can be measured and aligned on-site or wherever is convenient and cost-effective.

"Laser trackers can measure large items with precision not attainable by using other instruments," said Steve DeRemer, GKS General Manager in Michigan. "The technology is extremely accurate, even over long distances. For example, we recently completed several successful projects using laser trackers in power plants." Ideal applications for this technology are installing and aligning the large machinery in power plants and aerospace manufacturers, as well as tool building, part inspection, and reverse engineering-jobs that use items that are too large to fit within a work envelope or an articulated arm's reach.

Laser trackers perform discreet 3D measurements with a high degree of precision and speed. They are able to capture and interpret 3D shapes in any coordinate system. Trackers can measure vertically and horizontally over a range of up to 230 feet (70 meters) and the software then automatically recognizes and interprets the data with amazing precision. Projects within a 20-foot distance can obtain accuracies of 17 microns.

The laser tracker uses a laser distance meter and two rotating axes to track the exact position of a mirrored spherical probe that is guided along the object to be measured. High accuracy encoders measure the horizontal and vertical angles while state-of-the-art laser technology determines the distance from the tracker head to the sphere. Utilizing Computer Aided Measurement (CAM2) software, the object's precise 3-D coordinates can be digitally captured. They can be used in most any environment and provide a wider perspective in all dimensions in any location. The laser tracker technology complements the other measurements technologies used by GKS engineers, especially terrestrial scanning.

"For coordinate measurement, quality control, measurement of complex shapes and surfaces, or reverse engineering, GKS laser tracker services are perfect," continued DeRemer. "GKS engineers have experience using the laser tracking tool in many industrial applications, an advantage to our customers in time saved, accuracies increased, and expense reduced, plus we always guarantee the results."

About GKS

GKS Inspection Services has been a leading provider of dimensional inspection, 3D laser scanning and terrestrial scanning services for over 25 years. The company's Plymouth, MI lab (Detroit metro area) is accredited by the A2LA for Mechanical Testing and Calibration and features numerous CMMs, vision systems, 3D laser scanners, surface analyzers and other inspection equipment. GKS has multiple U.S. offices and international locations in India, Korea, China, Taiwan and the Netherlands. The company's metrologists and engineers are experienced in the automotive, defense, electronics and many other manufacturing industries.

For more information about how GKS Inspection Services can improve your manufactured product, save you money and decrease your development time, call Steve DeRemer at 734-357-5229 or send email to measure@gks.com or visit GKS Inspection Services' web site at www.gks.com.

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