The award-winning, one-of-a-kind Active Target Spherically Mounted Retroreflector ™ from Automated Precision Inc. (API) is a next generation Spherically Mounted Retroreflector (SMR). This motorized target locks on to any API laser tracker and automatically positions itself so it will never lose the beam. The Active Target™ allows for automated tracking and measurements on machine tools, robots, or any other movable object where a standard SMR could not do the job.
So How Does It Work?
The center reflector of the Active Target™ works in a similar fashion to any standard SMR. The difference is the Active Target™ features built-in motorization technology that automatically positions the reflector to always be facing the tracker regardless of movement.
Active Target™ Advantages
Since the Active Target™ automatically positions to stay locked on; it’s easy to measure long rails, the movements of vehicles, even the compound motion of robots. The Active Target™ also tracks the position of CMMs and CNC machining equipment without manual user intervention.
Top 20 Innovative Product in Machine Tool Industry 2010
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted patent rights to API that cover a full tracking system. The patent includes API’s active targets with API’s laser trackers and precludes the use of non-API trackers with API’s active target.