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How it Works – vProbe

How it Works – vProbe

How Do Tactile Probes Work? Tactile probes extend Laser Tracker measurements, but how do these probes work, and how do they differ from SMRs? In some of our other posts, we’ve discussed how both Laser Trackers and SMRs work and how they work together to...
The Origin of Lasers

The Origin of Lasers

Did you know that discovery of Laser properties was a byproduct of microwave “Maser” research done at Columbia University in 1951 by Charles Towns? In 1953, Charles Townes debuted a device he’d been researching at Columbia University that would stimulate ammonia...
What is Dwell Time?

What is Dwell Time?

What is Dwell Time? If you’ve seen our recent demos of the API XD Laser and SwivelCheck for Machine Tool Calibration (MTC) on YouTube, then you’ve probably heard us mention dwell time in both of those videos. Dwell Time is a very popular search term because it is...
What is Machine Tool Calibration (MTC)

What is Machine Tool Calibration (MTC)

In our “What is Calibration?” article, we discussed how calibration is a two-step process of first evaluating equipment performance against a reference standard and second using that information to improve equipment performance. And we looked at how many of the...
Employee Profile: Joshua Simonis

Employee Profile: Joshua Simonis

Name: Joshua Simonis Position: Application Engineer Years with the company: 1  1) What was your childhood like?  My childhood was quite carefree. I was in nature a lot, had time and support to try things that interested me and explore the neighborhood with...
How do Laser Trackers Work?

How do Laser Trackers Work?

In the more than 30 years since Dr. Lau invented the Laser Tracker, they have become an essential tool at manufacturing sites in many different industries around the world. Laser Trackers offer portable measurements for part inspection and verification, assembly...
CMM Calibration Available Around the World

CMM Calibration Available Around the World

CMM Calibration Available Around the World API Services Globally-Local Team Offers Independent Coordinate Measuring Machine Certification and Recalibration Service including 21-degree error-map creation. The Globally-Local team of Real Metrologists at API Services...
Case Study: Durr Schneck Rotec – India

Case Study: Durr Schneck Rotec – India

API, Durr Schenck Provide High Precision Wheel Alignment for Commercial Vehicles Metrology Service Provider Calibrates, Compensates, and Verifies Revolutionary Alignment Machines Commercial vehicle manufacturers are facing increasing demand, more complex designs and...
3 Sources of SMR Inaccuracy

3 Sources of SMR Inaccuracy

As we discussed previously on this blog, Spherically Mounted Retroreflectors (SMRs) are made up of three key components: the sphere, the corner-cube reflector, and the reflective coating on the reflector. Each of these components must be manufactured and assembled to...
Mitutoyo Reseller Agreement

Mitutoyo Reseller Agreement

API, Mitutoyo Announce Worldwide Reseller Agreement The Inventor of the Laser Tracker is partnering with the leading measurement and inspection solutions provider to complete the most diverse metrology hardware and software portfolio. API and Mitutoyo Corporation have...