SOURCE: Hubbs Machine & Manufacturing Inc

April 05, 2010 11:19 ET

Hubbs Announces Second Generation Sphere Mounts

The Sphere Mount "POLAR™" Series

ST. LOUIS, MO--(Marketwire - April 5, 2010) -  Presently, the common challenge within the industry is, DO MORE WITH LESS. Well, doing more with less has always been one of the strengths of Hubbs since our beginning.

Hubbs Machine and Manufacturing, Inc., is pleased to introduce the new, cost effective, Sphere Mount "POLAR™" Series of Laser Tracker Target Holders.

Hubbs Machine and Manufacturing, Inc., started addressing the needs for modern, quality, computer aided close tolerance industrial survey targeting in 1984.

In 1990 Hubbs manufactured the first Sphere Mounts to support Laser Trackers, the "SM"® Series. From that point forward, Hubbs has been the innovative driver in introducing a vast array of Sphere Mount Series products that support Laser Tracker. In doing so, Hubbs has set the bar high, regarding quality, extensive product line, options and service.

Hubbs agrees with the views of other respected innovators that it's the customer that decides the direction of the market, not the manufacturer. That's because, over the past twenty years, Hubbs has witnessed, and been a large part of, the evolution of the first generation of Laser Tracker Targeting directed by the customer majority.

The "SM"® POLAR™ Series offers several features, the most prominent are:

Small footprint for mounting in tight areas.

A unique locating nest with a substantially increased included angle. This increased included angle creates a much smaller, yet sufficient, locating diameter at the bottom of the Spherically Mounted Retro-Reflector, (The "Polar" Region).

This "balance," of smaller, three point locating diameter at the bottom of the sphere, and lessening the depth of the nest, allows for negative rotation of the SMR, all the way around, in an unimpeded fashion, while still maintaining stability of the SMR and the stability of the Sphere Mount. Additionally, the normal close tolerance offset and concentricity are still held for the products that apply.

A small, sealed, easily removable cap is included to protect the nest from debris and contaminants and for additional shielding of the three critical contact points within the nest from damage when not in use.

17-4 PH Stainless Steel standard, optional 1144 steel, with black oxide finish is available.

The most important feature is? It's the EFFICIENCY!

Very simply, we asked ourselves, do we want to take a big piece of 17-4 PH Stainless Steel, machine most of it away, provide benefit for the steel companies, machine manufactures, and cutter companies, or, provide benefit for our customers in offering a smaller, very cost efficient design option. We chose the latter. (No offense to the steel, machine and cutter companies.)


The new "POLAR™" option is in addition to our Classic Line of "SM"® products. Hubbs intends to include the new "POLAR™," Patent Pending features, in many of its already recognized designs, where applicable. Visit for new product releases.

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