Martin is a product manager for Leica Geosystems Metrology Division
(Unterentfelden, Switzerland). For more information, e-mail
Joel.Martin@leica-geosystems.com, call +41 62 737 67 88 or visit
There are major technology disruptions afoot in the world of conventional portable metrology. For the better part a decade, 6DoF laser tracking has been the standard go-to technology for metrologists in the large-scale manufacturing sectors.
tracking systems entered the manufacturing marketplace in 1991. At the time,
pundits speculated the new mobile measurement system was just a passing fad,
unstable and expensive. More than 15 years later, laser tracking has withstood
the test of time with several thousand installations worldwide. The technology
has established itself as a standard-issue metrology tool for in-place
inspection of large parts and assemblies in both the automotive and aerospace
industries. Major inroads are being made in other precision industry
applications that require accuracies of a couple thousands of an inch.