The scanCONTROL laser profile sensors are divided into three classes: Compact, High-Speed and Smart. The first two versions respectively transmit the raw profile (‘point cloud’) data to, for example, downstream customer software (software integration), whereas the Smart scanner series carries out the evaluation directly in the sensor head. The evaluation can be simple, for example, when inspecting an adhesive bead, or highly complex, thus meeting the needs of a wide range of different industrial applications, including welding, joining and installation processes.
In order to enable the customer flexible configuration possibilities for the Smart scanner, Micro-Epsilon has developed free, user-friendly software that can be installed on any number of computers. Different software features such as dynamic tracking and logic connection of several conditions provide maximum flexibility for difficult tasks.
Bodywork assembly processes
But what about the vehicle’s bodywork, where during the assembly process, it is important to ensure panels are flush and that there are no gaps? For these complex measurement tasks, a Micro-Epsilon gapCONTROL sensor can be installed on a robot arm for measuring various types of gap. Here, gap measurement data is used to guide the robot along the car, making real time measurements to ensure that flushness and gaps meet manufacturers’ requirements or controlling welding robots.
For defect detection on diffuse reflective surfaces, Micro-Epsilon has developed the surfaceCONTROL measurement system. This technology uses structured light projection to detect and analyse local shape defects on surfaces that deviate by micrometres from their target measurements. The system also operates reliably on textured surfaces, such as interior automotive parts.
The surfaceCONTROL offers a variety of measurement areas ranging from 150x100mm2 to 600x400mm2, and it takes only a few seconds to capture 3D data for a surface.