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Measuring at the push of a button: The GLM 50 Professional laser rangefinder from Bosch saves time and delivers precise results

  • Easy to operate due to self-explanatory user interface
  • Measures distances between 0.05 and 50 meters accurately to the millimeter
  • Very robust: dust and splash-protected and shockproof
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  • December 19, 2011
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Professionals who want to check heights and distances in buildings or quickly and precisely measure indoor areas can use the GLM 50 Professional from Bosch in future. This laser rangefinder delivers more exact results than traditional measuring methods. And it does so in an easy way because it measures distances of up to 50 meters with a typical accuracy of ±1.5 millimeters at the push of a button. Moreover, the instrument reliably calculates areas and volumes, therefore making it easier and faster to calculate material and prices. Further advantages are offered by functions such as the continuous measurement and indirect height measurement. Continuous measurement is used to display required distances to building components. In this way, for example, you can position ventilation ducts in a room or install drywalls at a certain distance. The indirect height measu­rement by means of Pythagoras is used when objects or installations block the measuring path. Therefore, this instrument even delivers reliable results when there is only a limited possibility to measure with a folding rule.

Robust tool with functional features
The GLM 50 Professional laser rangefinder is only 114 x 53 x 31 millimeters in size, weighs 140 grams and can even be carried to the jobsite in jacket or trouser pockets. It is operated using seven clearly arranged buttons that are labeled with symbols. The measuring results and instrument settings ? for example whether measurement is to be performed from the front edge of the instrument, the back edge or from the integrated 1/4" thread ? are easy to read on the large, illuminated display. The lighting switches on automatically: it is activated by an integrated light sensor. The instrument is powered by two 1.5 V LR03 batteries. This enables up to 10,000 individual measurements to be performed. Moreover, this laser rangefinder is very robust: it is dust and splash-protected to IP54, has rubber-coated corners and edges, and it remains fully functional after being dropped from a height of one meter.

The GLM 50 Professional laser rangefinder including a carrying case and batteries will be available at specialist retail outlets from January 2012 onwards at the recommended retail price of 129 euros plus VAT. Laser viewing glasses, an adapter from ¼" camera to 5/8" building tripod thread, and the BS 150 Professional building tripod are available as accessories.

 Specifications Bosch GLM 50 Professional
 Measuring range 0.05 – 50 m
 Typical measuring accuracy ± 1.5 mm
 Power supply 2 x 1.5 V LR03 (AAA)
 Individual measurements per battery
 lifetime, approx.
 10,000
 Operating time per battery lifetime,
 approx.
 2.5 h
 Laser diode / Laser class 635 nm, < 1 mW, class 2
 Dust and splash protection IP54
 Thread for tripod 1/4" (camera tripod)
 Dimensions (length x width x height) 114 x 53 x 31 mm
 Weight (including batteries) 140 g


The Power Tools Division of the Bosch Group is one of the world’s leading providers for power tools, power tool accessories and measuring tools. In 2015, its roughly 20,000 associates generated sales of 4.5 billion euros, about 85 percent of which outside of Germany. With brands such as Bosch, Skil and Dremel, the division stands for customer focus and great engineering progress. The core success factors are innovative strength and pace of innovation. The division generated about one third of its sales in 2015 with products that have been on the market for less than two years. In 2016, Bosch Power Tools will again launch more than 100 new products onto the German market in its four business segments power tools, accessories, measuring tools and garden tools.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 375,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2015). The company generated sales of 70.6 billion euros in 2015. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers some 150 countries. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs 55,800 associates in research and development at 118 locations across the globe. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”

Further information is available online at www.bosch.com and www.bosch-press.com, http://twitter.com/BoschPresse.

PI7618 - December 19, 2011

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