Basis Software looks to add presence in metrology market
REDMOND, Wash. – Basis Software, maker of the Surphaser line of laser scanners, and Automated Precision, Inc. (which also operates API Services) announced this week an OEM and distribution agreement for 3D laser scanners. Under the agreement, Basis Software will supply API with an OEM customized 3D laser scanner based on the Surphaser 25HSX, what Basis calls “a leader in accuracy and precision in medium range laser scanners.” API will offer the OEM scanner throughout its global sales network outside of the United States of America, according to a press release. API will also offer scanning services through its service branch API Services globally, including the U.S.
Called the API Hemispherical Scanner or “Hemi-S,” the new instrument made its public debut at the IMTS Show at the McCormick Center in Chicago last week. The Hemi-S product is expected to be available in the fourth quarter of 2012, according to the release.
“Surphaser 25HSX is a ground breaking product that uniquely combines the speed and range of phase-based scanners with accuracy which opens its use in many metrology applications,” said Peter Petrov, president and co-founder of Basis. “We are confident that our partnership with API will further expand our metrology market presence.”
Basis has a similar agreement with Trimble, which markets the Surphaser scanner as the Trimble FX 3D Scanner.
This collaboration is designed to give API users another tool for measurement tasks, particularly those that require complex 3-D models, according to the announcement. The Surphaser scanner is often used to reverse-engineer objects of mid-size range, including cars, planes, military vehicles, boats and buildings.
“API’s competitive strength is its superior quality, which means that we rarely accept another manufacturer’s products as up to our standards. But Surphaser’s accuracy and ease of use make it a natural complement to API’s suite of laser interferometer trackers and machine tool calibration products,” said API Chief Operating Officer Joe Bioty.