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Publication Date: 05/1/2009
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Metris Intros Articulated Arms for Handheld Scanning
7-axis robotic arm.
Leuven, Belgium — Metris has introduced its new 7-axis MCA v2.5 range of articulated arms with a measurement volume between 2.4 and 3.6m diameter. Battery operation and wireless data communication enable users to quickly set up the portable system and efficiently utilize it at any location. MCA is part of an integrated solution that allows handheld inspection jobs to be tackled faster by combining top-class laser scanners and flexible touch probing.

The MCA operates as a standalone metrology solution that can operate at any indoor and outdoor location. Users mount the arm quickly and securely using the integrated 3-1/2 x 8-in. adaptor or a powerful magnetic base to reliably clamp the arm to metal surfaces. A charged battery provides hours of measurement autonomy, for both the arm and scanner. Wireless data transmission swiftly transfers individual point coordinates or point clouds to a laptop to ensure that the focus is on the inspection job rather than wasting valuable time on resolving setup issues. The resulting graphical reports provide geometric insight on the spot, or can be consulted at any convenient time.

The 7-axis unit offers the capability of combining laser scanning and tactile measurement in a single inspection job. When switching between probe tips, the unit avoids human error through automatic probe recognition. The redesigned patent-pending floating probe further enhances ergonomics. In addition, the MCA now supports a range of laser forks to facilitate pipe bending measurement.

Contact: Metris USA, Inc., 12701 Grand River, Brighton, MI 48116 810-220-4360 fax: 810-220-4300 Web:

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