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April 4, 2002


Leica Geosystems has introduced a new series of handheld high-precision laser distance measurement tools for the marine industry.

These DISTO products provide point-and-click measurement of distance, area and volume, indoors or outdoors, with an accuracy of ±3 mm or better, at ranges up to 100 meters (330 ft). DISTO is ideal for naval architects, marine engineers, marine surveyors, shipyards, boatbuilders, repair yards, marinas and other marine professionals who need fast, accurate measurements, says Jack Wolf, VP consumer products.

"DISTO is designed for professionals who measure more than a few hours a week, need to measure places that cannot be reached with a steel tape or want to export measurements directly into a PC," says Wolf.

The DISTO products are available in four basic models: DISTO lite4, DISTO classic4, DISTO pro4 and DISTO pro4a. Prices start as low as $445.

The DISTO lite4 is described as "small, handy and easy to use," and includes a timer, stand, positioning bracket and alignment aid to mark off measured points as standard equipment.

The DISTO classic4 can store up to 10 constants and the last 15 measured values. It offers Pythagoras calculations for remote measuring. With classic4, the user can measure minimum and maximum distance from any point, calculate indirect heights, and save and edit values. The unit's multifunctional end cover permits measuring from open areas, floors and edges, as well as hard-to-reach corners.

The DISTO pro4 system has an alphanumeric keyboard, menu-driven multi-line LCD display, calculator functions, RS232 interface to a remote PC or laptop, memory for up to 800 values and multifunction end cover with adapter plate and alignment aid. The DISTO pro4 software automatically recognizes which end cover has been fitted and adjusts accordingly. The basic DISTO pro4 provides ±3 mm accuracy, while the DISTO pro4a provides increased accuracy of ±1.5 mm (1/16 in).