Leica Geosystems Wins Contract for Laser Tracking Systems by Ford Motor Company
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Leica Geosystems Wins Contract for Laser Tracking Systems by Ford Motor Company

Laser Tracker Raises Bar for Automotive Inspection and Measurement Standards; Introduces New Era of Quality Control

Norcross, GA – March 13, 2003 – The Metrology Division of Leica Geosystems announced today the Ford Motor Company has selected their new laser tracking systems for inspection and measurement operations in Ford’s production plants. Ford has purchased eight Leica Laser tracking systems to form the metrology foundation for a variety of manufacturing applications from assembly to tooling processes. Financial terms were not disclosed. The standardization decision followed a major benchmark of current metrology systems in the marketplace. The implementation of the Leica Laser Trackers and the replacement of existing systems will begin in the first quarter of 2003. Leica Geosystems leads the industry with more than 1000 tracker systems installed worldwide in the toughest, most unforgiving industrial environments.

Leica Geosystems is a well-established provider of high precision coordinate measurement technologies. The firm consistently raises the bar for metrology standards as it refines and progresses both hardware and software products to meet the needs of industry. The Laser Tracking system chosen by Ford Motor Company was designed specifically for automotive applications and smaller measurement volumes. This high precision device delivers the fastest measurement cycle in the business for high point density (3000 points/ second) with a measurement distance up to 25 meters. The versatile laser tracker can be deployed on its own or integrated into automated inspection and measurement programs. The device is also Intranet-enabled for remote tracker operations.

The Leica Laser Tracker solution is completely compatible with Leica’s new-to-the-market T-Probe technology scheduled for release in mid-2003. The T-Probe is an armless and wireless probe that can be used for on-demand inspection and measurement of virtually anything, anywhere. The device delivers a 0.1 mm length accuracy in a measurement volume of up to a full car size. The T-Probe is destined to become a critical tool for the automotive and related industries due to its six degrees of freedom and ability to measure inside deep parts and tools with unparalleled accuracy.

About Leica Geosystems
Leica Geosystems is an internationally leading developer, manufacturer and distributor of solutions that capture, visualize, and process spatial data using the most advanced technologies in the marketplace. Leica Geosystems holds the foremost position in the world market in several high technology sectors. The company has 10 offices in the United States, and has representatives in over 100 countries worldwide. The firm’s corporate headquarters are located in Switzerland. Leica Geosystems registered shares (LGSN -SWX) are quoted on the SWX Swiss Exchange in Zurich.

About the Metrology Division of Leica Geosystems
The Metrology Division of Leica Geosystems is a global supplier of comprehensive hardware and software packages to the industrial metrology market. These products integrate with popular CAD programs, various build-and-inspection tools, and reverse engineering software. Using state-of-the-art laser technology, Leica’s industrial measurement products make quality control, part mating, assembly and construction of large and small parts easier and more accurate than ever. Leica’s laser tracker technology is most widely used with 1000 installations worldwide. For more information, contact Nicholas Bloch at Email Contact or visit their web site at www.leica-geosystems.com /metrology.