Stone World Magazine Technology Update: Never complacent, Laser Products Industries (LPI) is continuously improving its LT-2D3D Laser Templator to ensure its customers are able to collect highly accurate measurements with an intuitive and easy-to-learn system. The latest feature to be added is an integrated high-resolution camera that acts as a digital viewfinder, showing the user exactly where the laser is pointed. The video feed from the camera is displayed on the included tablet’s screen with crosshairs overlaid on the laser beam’s location. This will be helpful in situations requiring points to be measured on the long end of the LT-2D3D’s 200-foot range and the digital zoom function allows the user to see those points even closer with the tap of a button. LPI has also seen many fabricators begin to grow their outdoor work as an extension of their core business and the camera will help in these situations, as well as where bright sunlight might otherwise make the beam difficult to see. Now the user can simply aim the laser using the crosshairs, knowing that the beam is centered directly beneath it, even if it cannot be seen with the naked eye.
Other recent improvements LPI has made to the LT-2D3D include a new laser module that allows for measurements to be captured 30% faster than before, a more efficient battery system that allows templators to measure for 50+ hours before needing to recharge the unit and removing the need to level the laser before templating by digitally defining the surface to be measured.
Midway through 2016, LPI partnered with Microsoft and integrated their new Surface Pro 4 tablet into the system. Its blistering performance and impressive high-resolution screen have allowed LPI to continue to enhance their software by taking full advantage of these features.
With these ongoing improvements to an already solid system, it is clear to see why over 2,600 companies have enhanced their businesses with the LT-2D3D Laser Templator and LPI’s trusted team of experts.
For those interested in the more technical aspects of how the Laser Templator functions, it obtains its highly accurate measurements (± 1/16” / 1.5 mm) by using the phase shift principle. When a measurement is taken, the laser emits a beam of light that is modulated at various frequencies. That light bounces off the target surface, such as a cabinet base, and the returning waves of light are compared to the outgoing waves which results in a phase shift measurement. This is used to calculate the distance to the target which is then combined with angular data from multiple encoders to plot the point a in three-dimensional space. This process ensures a consistently accurate measurement across a wide range of distances and at a quick rate of speed. Users are literally measuring with the speed of light.
- Accuracy: ± 1/16”
- Range: 200 feet
- Camera: 1080p, digital zoom
- Battery Life: 50+ hours (20,000+ measurements)
- Tablet: Microsoft Surface Pro 4
- Warranty: one year, “bumper-to-bumper,” extendable
Originally published on StoneWorld.com