Have you seen the message indicating that your total station is due for servicing? A lot of times we are asked what this message means, and what should be done when this message appears. This message will come up as a reminder for your S-Series instrument after 3000 hours of use or after 13 months from its last factory authorized calibration service, similar to the message you would get when your car is due for servicing.

Trimble robotic total stations come with a two year warranty, but it is still highly recommended to send the instrument in annually for a calibration and cleaning. Your S-Series instrument will operate accurately if field collimations are performed on a regular basis, however over time your instrument will fall behind on critical updates to the firmware. Also, a collimation does not physically bring the instrument back within factory calibration specs like regular calibration servicing does.

Below are some critical tasks that are performed when an instrument is calibrated in an authorized service center:

  • Firmware updates applied
  • Optical alignment of tracker
  • Horizontal angle calibration
  • Vertical angle calibration
  • EDM optical alignment calibration
  • Servo focus calibration
  • Video camera calibration

To schedule your instrument for its annual calibration and cleaning service, please contact your regional Frontier Precision service center, or reach out to joshk@frontierprecision.com for scheduling and options.


Frontier Precision has a 30-year plus track record of helping you provide a measure of excellence. It all ladders back to our core philosophy of How You Measure Matters. It’s why each day, we seamlessly connect the physical and digital worlds through technology to improve how we all better interact with the earth in meaningful ways. Our tools and solutions make you more efficient, productive, and most importantly, profitable.


Frontier Precision knows that every measurement its customers take is important. It’s why Frontier Precision not only offers the latest, cutting-edge measurement tools, but also understand the continuing need for service and support — because How You Measure Matters encompasses the total customer experience.

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From Geospatial Services to GIS Professional Services to Water Resources Data Acquisition Services, Frontier Precision delivers leading-edge measurement technology. We’ve been there, every centimeter of the way, as geospatial technology has evolved. No matter what your need for accurate measurement, we have the experience and expertise to create a customized solution for you.


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We give you the proper training on the solutions we sell. Sign up for Professional Certified Training to get up and running quickly — all backed by the most experience in the industry. Whether onsite, online or in the classroom, we are helping make our customers efficient, productive, and profitable with today’ s and tomorrow’s technology.


Frontier Precision provides world-class support from centers across a wide section of the western United States. Need support for any geospacial products, software or services?

Contact Frontier Precision at 800-359-3703.

About Frontier Precision

Frontier Precision’s measure of excellence can be traced back to 1988. Four years later, in 1991, Frontier Precision partnered with Trimble — a United States-based GPS equipment manufacturer at the time, and the rest is history. Since then, Frontier Precision has grown with Trimble to be one their largest and best geospatial distributors in the world.

We’ve been at the frontier of technology for three decades, continually offering customers new tools and solutions, all with our end goal in mind to help make our customers efficient, productive, and profitable with today’s and tomorrow’s technology. Frontier Precision is an employee-owned company — each of our team members is committed to your success.

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From our original office in Bismarck, North Dakota, we’ve grown our footprint thousands of miles in every direction.Today, you’ll also find us in South Dakota, Minnesota, Colorado, Alaska, Montana, Idaho, Hawaii, Wyoming, Oregon and Washington — delivering the Frontier Precision difference to more people each day.