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iGPS - Factory-wide measuring, positioning and tracking system

nikon metrology iGPSiGPS is a modular large scale metrology solution that transforms large production facilities into accurate metrology-enabled areas. Within the facility, an unlimited number of handheld measurement probes or tracking sensors can operate concurrently.

Unique iGPS capabilities in terms of scalability, robustness and concurrent use provide quick return on investment as well as a solution that grows along with expanding manufacturing operations.

Key benefits

  • Supports factory-wide deployment (iGPS)
  • Easily deployable for measuring the dynamic positioning of handheld probes, articulated arms, laser radars and other measurement equipment
  • Uniform accuracy throughout the entire workspace
  • Point localization accuracy down to 200 µm
  • Concurrent use of an unlimited number of handheld probes and tracking sensors

Applications

  • Large scale positioning and tracking suited for aerospace, shipbuilding, train, etc.
  • Part joining and assembly
  • Dynamic tracking of parts, tools, robot positions, AGVs and ship models in water tanks
  • Handheld large volume inspection in automotive (engineering lab, racing workshop), aerospace and other industries like casting and turbine blade production
  • Automatic annotation of handheld NDT measurements with positional information

 
Benefits & features
 

Unique laser technology offering full-freedom operation

The operation of an iGPS system is comparable to a global positioning system (GPS) in a car, but it is designed for industrial applications on a facility-wide scale. GPS satellites are replaced by infrared iGPS laser transmitters that activate a measurement field as large as an entire room or facility. iGPS features accuracies that are roughly a hundred thousand times higher than consumer GPS systems.

nikon metrology iGPS features


Ideal for measuring, positioning and tracking applications

Specific points on tools and parts can be measured using iGPS receivers in the form of touch probes. Similarly, the wings and fuselage of an aircraft can be equipped with tracking sensors that dynamically follow their individual positioning during aircraft assembly, for example.
nikon metrology iGPS measuring


Open solution that grows along with your metrology needs

nikon metrology iGPS open solutionThe measuring volume can be scaled by just adding more transmitters. There are no limitations as to the number of transmitters, always providing 360 degrees part coverage.


Uniform accuracy for industrial large scale application

The typical accuracy of an iGPS system is 200μm. Where traditional metrology equipment accuracy decreases with distance and as a result of leapfrogging-related measurement errors, iGPS accuracy is uniform across the entire measurement volume, regardless of the size of the metrology enabled area.


Continuous health monitoring

Continuous health monitoring including on-line compensation in case of transmitter displacement and drift, guarantees optimum system performance without user intervention.


Transmitter redundancy

Unlike traditional laser-based metrology tools, iGPS offers 360° part coverage without line-of-sight issues thanks to transmitter redundancy.


Multi-user for concurrent applications

iGPS has the unique ability to serve multiple users simultaneously without performance loss. Once a work cell is iGPS-enabled, additional users and new applications can be added with minimum additional investment. Next to supporting a range of handheld metrology devices, iGPS positions tools or tracks multiple objects simultaneously, such as automated guided vehicles (AGVs) in a manufacturing environment.


Easy to deploy and straightforward to use

Installing iGPS on the shop floor is easy and straightforward: just set up the transmitters on their portable tripods and calibrate the system by walking around in the measurement volume while holding a calibrated scale bar. As such, shop floor measurement eliminates the need to transport large heavy parts to/from the measurement room.

 
Brochures
iSpace Assembly Fabrication
iSpace Assembly Fabrication

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iSpace
iSpace

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iSpace Dynamic Tracking
iSpace Dynamic Tracking

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Case studies
En Route for the Moon
En Route for the Moon

iGPS helps lunar rover “Jade Rabbit” jump higher.

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Industrial applications
 

Brochures

iSpace Assembly Fabrication
iSpace Assembly Fabrication

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iSpace
iSpace

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iSpace Dynamic Tracking
iSpace Dynamic Tracking

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Case studies

En Route for the Moon
En Route for the Moon

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