Leica Geosystems Introduces Two New, Easy-To-Use Laser Construction Tools; the Rugby 50 and the Rugby 55, Providing Outstanding Performance on Any Jobsite - Inside and Out

(Norcross, Ga., 23 January 2007) Leica Geosystems has unveiled two new Rugby laser construction tools.

Designed for the interior and general contractor, the new Rugby 55 is a tough, versatile laser; perfect for almost any leveling and alignment job.

The Rugby 55 features an easy-to-use keypad, a watertight seal, variable head speeds, selectable scanning modes, a bright red beam and an alkaline or rechargeable NiMH battery pack.

The Rugby 55 has several unique new features including a Scan-90 function which automatically moves the scanning or stationary beam in 90° intervals through each of the four axes. The Beam Down option automatically positions the beam below the laser when doing layout work for faster setups over a point. The Sleep Mode feature puts the Rugby 55 to sleep for up to two hours to conserve battery life when it is not being used.

For interior use, the Rugby 55's small, compact size makes handling and setup quick and easy. The convenient carrying case holds the Rugby 55 while still attached to the wall mount bracket, eliminating the need to reattach and set the height each time the laser is used.

The Rugby 55's lay down capability, 90° split beam and watertight seal also make it an ideal tool for the exterior contractor. Mounted on a tripod or batter board clamp, the Rugby 55 allows the user to set out corners and align forms and foundations.

"Our goal was to create an easy-to-use laser that offers the features and functionality needed to get the job done," said Dan Dykhuis, national sales manager, construction, Leica Geosystems, Inc. - Americas region. "We built the Rugby 55 to be rugged and simple to operate even under the toughest jobsite conditions."

The Rugby 50, designed for the general construction contractor, is a tough and affordable laser.

In response to market demands for more user-friendly construction tools, Leica Geosystems developed the Rugby 50 with only one button. Operation requires pressing the power button to turn it on, and pressing it again to turn it off. The Rugby 50 is fully automatic. Once engaged, it self-levels and the head starts rotating. It will continue to self-level over the course of the day to ensure that work is accomplished reliably and accurately.

"Our goal with this product was to keep it simple," said Dykhuis. "That was the message we heard from contractors. Make it foolproof, so that all we have to do is turn it on and it is ready to go."

The H.I. (height of instrument or elevation) Alert function turns on automatically thirty seconds after it has completed leveling. The H.I. Alert feature monitors the Rugby 50 as it works and shuts it down if it senses a bump or movement of the tripod.

In addition to one-button operation, the Rugby 50 also boasts a high impact composite housing that is fully sealed with an enclosed rotating head, a low battery indicator, long battery life and either alkaline or rechargeable battery options.

Leica Geosystems - when it has to be right

With close to 200 years of pioneering solutions to measure the world, Leica Geosystems products and services are trusted by professionals worldwide to help them capture, analyze, and present spatial information. Leica Geosystems is best known for its broad array of products that capture accurately, model quickly, analyze easily, and visualize and present spatial information.

Those who use Leica products every day trust them for their dependability, the value they deliver, and the superior customer support. Based in Heerbrugg, Switzerland, Leica Geosystems is a global company with tens of thousands of customers supported by more than 2,400 employees in 22 countries and hundreds of partners located in more than 120 countries around the world. Leica Geosystems is part of the Hexagon Group, Sweden.

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Leica Geosystems Inc.
Whiting, Deborah
5051 Peachtree Corners Circle
Norcross, GA 30092
Phone +1 770 326 9566 (direct)
Fax +1 770 447 0710

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Norfolk, VA 23508
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