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The European Southern Observatory (ESO) based in Garching, Germany, relies on high precision displacement measurement from Micro-Epsilon for a project to build the world’s largest mirror telescope in Chile which also involves the French cooperation partner Fogale. The inductive sensor systems used for displacement measurement are the most precise ever used in a telescope. They determine the position of each single mirror segment in three axes to nanometer accuracy.

World’s largest mirror telescope relies on nanometer accuracy sensors from Micro-Epsilon

There are several key factors that need to be considered before purchasing or specifying a non-contact sensor, including accuracy, the type of surface or object being measured, environmental conditions and mechanical set up, says Stephen Smith, Product Sales Engineer at Micro-Epsilon UK.

Factors to consider when selecting non-contact colour measurement sensors

Precision sensor manufacturer Micro-Epsilon is now able to offer customers in the UK one of the widest ranges of colour recognition sensors, LED analysers and inline colour measurement systems in the world – available from a single source.

Micro-Epsilon extends its range of colour recognition sensors, LED analysers and in-process colour measurement systems

Colour measurement sensors have been used for several years in R&D and production environments. However, in recent years significant improvements in measurement speed and accuracy have created many more uses for these sensors. Therefore, in order to successfully utilise the benefits that modern colour sensors can offer, it is important to understand how sensors measure colour, says Stephen Smith, Product Sales Engineer at Micro-Epsilon UK.

Understanding non-contact colour measurement

Precision sensor manufacturer Micro-Epsilon has launched an affordable and compact thickness measurement system for strip, plate and film targets. The fully assembled system is immediately ready for use ‘out of the box’ and costs less than £10,000!

New laser thickness measurement sensor is compact, has 10µm accuracy and costs less than £10,000

A unique system has been developed that uses thermal imaging to detect damage to muscles and ligaments in a horse’s leg. The system relies on thermal imaging cameras supplied by Micro-Epsilon, which were selected due to their high resolution, compactness, reliability and programming features that allow simple integration with other systems and software.

High resolution thermal imager measures temperature difference in horses’ legs

By installing a number of fully integrated online measurement systems from Micro-Epsilon in various stages of its tyre production process, a UK-based tyre manufacturer has seen dramatic improvements in process capability and tyre quality.

Tyre manufacturer installs Micro-Epsilon online measurement systems and sees significant improvements in process capability

In non-contact displacement measurement applications, engineers often overlook the effects of temperature variations on the measurement accuracy of the sensor. It is therefore critical to check supplier datasheets, says Chris Jones of Micro-Epsilon.

How thermal stability affects the accuracy of non-contact displacement sensors

The optoNCDT 1420 laser triangulation sensors are now also available with laser class 1. With this laser class, the radiated power is at a maximum of 390µW, which is far lower than the radiated power of laser class 2 sensors. Therefore, costly protective measures are no longer necessary.

optoNCDT 1420 now also available with laser class 1

Continuous quality control of press tools used in the production of pharmaceutical tablets is imperative. Micro-Epsilon measurement technology enables for the first time easy, automatic inspection that has to date only been possible at great expense due to the challenging surface properties of the tools. In this measurement task, a confocal sensor and an optical micrometer are used.

Inspection of press tools for tablet production

At the Engineering Design Show (19th October – 20th October 2016) at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, precision sensor manufacturer Micro-Epsilon UK (stand C25) will be showcasing its full range of sensor technologies, including non-contact capacitive, confocal and inductive displacement sensors, as well as 2D/3D laser profile sensors, infrared temperature sensors, thermal imagers and colour sensors. The stand will feature the award-winning optoNCDT 1320/1420 laser displacement sensors.

Micro-Epsilon to launch its new inline thermal imaging system for plastic injection moulded parts at Advanced Engineering show

Micro-Epsilon has launched a range of high precision confocal chromatic sensors for displacement, distance, position and thickness measurement. The compact sensors offer better linearity, nanometre resolution and a large offset/working distance of up to 220mm.

New nanometre resolution confocal sensors offer world beating performance
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