Timeline

First established as the surveying and construction division of Spectra Physics,
Spectra Precision now brings together some of the biggest names in the
Surveying, Construction and Accessory industries :

SURVEYING
  • Dating back to 1846, the surveying division of Carl Zeiss AG is still our Jena-based R&D center developing world-class surveying instruments
  • The surveying division of Nikon Corporation is now structured as a joint venture with Trimble (Nikon-Trimble Co. Ltd)
  • Ashtech, a pioneer in the GNSS industry and developer of many unique GNSS technologies, has R&D teams located near Nantes, France and in Moscow, Russia
  • Tripod Data Systems (TDS) formed in Corvallis, Oregon – the leading independent survey software vendor continues to refine the market-leading Survey Pro software
CONSTRUCTION
  • Laserplane – From day one, every major development in laser positioning for construction, including the first rotating laser, started here
  • Spectra Physics – The parent of Spectra Precision – was the industry’s first commercial laser company founded in 1961
  • Apache Technologies – the world leader in laser detection – handheld laser detectors and entry-level machine display receivers
ACCESSORIES
  • Crain Enterprises – a leading manufacturer of accessories for the geomatics, surveying, mapping, and construction industries – focused on polymer and composite-based products lines
  • SECO Manufacturing of Redding, California – specializes in the development, fabrication and machining of metallic accessory products as well as all general accessories for the surveying and positioning markets

TIMELINE

1965

Bob Studebaker invents the 1st rotating laser in history

1973

Rotolite: 1st rotating laser in interior work

1976

945U: 1st electronic automatic self-leveling rotating laser with slope adjustment

1981

EL-1: 1st electronic automatic self-leveling rotating laser with a laser diode…still produced

1984

Pipemaster: 1st pipe laser with internal battery and infrared remote control

2002

DG711: pipe laser with anodized aluminum housing. Ultra -rugged

2008

LL100 / HV101: new generation of fully automatic lasers

2012

UL633: the MOST versatile construction laser…EVER!

2016

DG613 / DG813: compact, tough and smart pipe lasers

2016

QML800G: green beam QuickMark Layout system

2017

GL612N / GL622N:versatile automatic single and dual grade laser for level, grade and alignment

2018

DG613G: ultra-green pipe laser with various power options

2018

LT52G, LT58G: Ultra-green laser product family

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