Chris Jones, Managing Director at Micro-Epsilon UK, outlines the 10 most important factors to consider before purchasing a non-contact displacement measurement sensor.
Although red laser triangulation displacement sensors have been in use for more than 20 years, blue laser versions are also now available. Before selecting which colour to use, it is important to understand which type performs best on which target materials, says Chris Jones, Managing Director at Micro-Epsilon UK.
Precision sensor manufacturer Micro-Epsilon has extended its range of blue laser profile sensors with a new high performance compact sensor that uses a sharp-focused 10mm blue laser line for measuring very small objects or difficult-to-measure surfaces.
Although most laser displacement sensors use the same measuring principle, the individual design of the sensor mechanics, optics, the mechanical stability and signal processing algorithms will differ widely from one supplier to another, says Chris Jones, Managing Director at Micro-Epsilon UK.
At the Manufacturing & Engineering North East exhibition (6th July – 7th July 2016) at Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, Micro-Epsilon UK (stand A1) will present 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 scanCONTROL 2910-25 BL, a new high performance compact laser profile sensor with integrated electronics, which uses a sharp-focused 10mm blue laser line for measuring small objects or difficult-to-measure surfaces.
When measuring the position of moving targets in production and process automation environments, it is important to understand the different methods of sensor triggering, their impact on measurement cycle times and the benefits they can offer over continuous measurement, says Chris Jones, Managing Director at Micro-Epsilon UK.
A manufacturer of knife and blade sharpness testing machines is using non-contact magneto-inductive displacement sensors from Micro-Epsilon to calibrate the length and speed of the blade stroke. This is important as it enables the test machines to objectively compare the sharpness of various knife blades and determine which one is superior to another. The sensors were selected for their cost effectiveness, ease of set up, simplicity of use, robustness and non-contact wear-free operation.
Precision sensor manufacturer Micro-Epsilon has published a new, 36-page “Measurement Product Guide 2016” that is packed with a host of innovative products.
Precision sensor manufacturer Micro-Epsilon has launched a series of high performing yet compact confocal chromatic sensors. Typically, for high performance confocal sensor measurements, a large optical sensor head is required. However, the new confocal IFS2406 sensors are almost 60% smaller, enabling simpler integration into restricted spaces.
The new compact, high performance eddy current sensor from Micro-Epsilon boasts features that surpass those of its competitors. Designed for fast, high precision displacement, distance and position measurements, the eddyNCDT 3005 system comes with active temperature compensation, is pressure-resistant up to 10 bar and can withstand operating temperatures of up to 180°C due to the compact electronic housing being integrated into the cable one metre from the sensor head. The system is factory-calibrated, making it ideal for machine integration, as well as for single or volume OEM requirements.
A manufacturer of diesel generating sets is using non-contact, eddy current displacement sensors from Micro-Epsilon to measure the thermal expansion of its engine bed frames. The previous laser displacement sensors were proving to be unreliable due to the ambient temperature fluctuations and the presence of oil and dirt. Micro-Epsilon’s eddy current sensors were evaluated for this task and provided much superior performance.
Precision sensor manufacturer Micro-Epsilon UK has launched an inline high speed colour measurement system, which measures the actual colour of the target by identifying their coordinates in the colour space.