Trimble introduced the Trimble S6 Total Station, an advanced surveying instrument based on a completely new design platform. The cable-free Trimble S6 Total Station includes innovative features never before available for surveying applications - Trimble MagDrive, SurePoint and MultiTrack technologies - providing surveyors with a versatile business tool that can improve performance, accuracy, and productivity.

The unique advantages of the Trimble S6 Total Station result from a combination of innovative technology, ergonomics, software and above all, accuracy. With significant advances in these areas, the Trimble S6 Total Station isn't just a surveying instrument, it's a business tool.

With exclusive MagDrive servo technology, the new Trimble S6 Total Station redefines instrument performance with highly integrated servos and angle sensors to increase speed and accuracy. Trimble MagDrive technology silently turns the instrument at high speeds - more than 100 degrees per second - to provide ultra-smooth control for precision pointing.

The Trimble S6 also features SurePoint accuracy assurance for consistent and reliable positioning accuracy. SurePoint automatically corrects pointing and measurements even in difficult conditions, guarding against the sinking, vibration and handling that can affect an instrument after setup.

Trimble's new MultiTrack technology combines passive prism tracking with active Target ID to provide flexibility and performance. The Trimble S6 instrument will lock and track a wide variety of conventional prisms to ranges of 500 meters and more, expanding surveyors' options for utilizing the instrument in a wide variety of surveying tasks. With the active Target ID option, Trimble S6 users will find and lock to the correct target. Surveyors can use multiple prisms on a site and lock onto the one they need, which saves time by eliminating false target locks.

The Trimble S6 also features Direct Reflex (DR) technology, which allows measurement without a prism to 300 meters or more. Trimble DR technology provides safe, accurate and fast measurements of hard-to-reach or unsafe targets.

In addition, the new total station is completely cable-free. Its Lithium-ion internal smart battery provides six hours operating time in Robotic mode and allows users to easily check how much power each battery holds. The multi-battery holder contains three batteries, eliminating the need to change or recharge batteries mid-job.

The Trimble S6 Total Station also features a new detachable controller, the Trimble CU controller. Powered by Windows CE.Net operating system, the Trimble CU controller provides surveyors with a bright, full-color touchscreen display; large, secure data storage with 256 MB of onboard memory; and a choice of Trimble's powerful field application software. As part of Trimble's Integrated Surveying system, the Trimble CU controller also supports Trimble GPS surveying solutions.

The Trimble S6 Total Station will be available in three configurations - Servo, Autolock and Robotic - and is upgradeable as business needs change. All components of the Trimble S6 system support the user's upgrade path, from the instrument to field software, which protects the user's investment long-term.

The Trimble S6 Total Station is expected to be available beginning February 2005 through Trimble's survey dealer network.

Source: Trimble, Jan. 17, 2005