New generation of confocal measurement technology

Paul Boughton
ConfocalDT 2451 and 2471 are the latest high performance controllers in Micro-Epsilon’s confocal measurement range.
Due to excellent signal-to-noise ratio, measurement rates of 10kHz are achieved using an LED and 70kHz using a xenon light source.
For the first time, a high performance CCD array is installed as the sensor element in the controller, developed by Micro-Epsilon in a robust industrial housing.
The active exposure regulation of a laser line enables rapid, precise surface compensation in dynamic measuring processes on a range of different target surfaces. ConfocalDT is the first controller that offers Ethernet, EtherCAT, RS422 and analogue output interfaces. The sensors are therefore extremely flexible and can be easily integrated to existing systems.[Page Break]
The user can remotely configure measurement channels using the intuitive, web-based software via Ethernet. This means it is not necessary for the user to install any other measurement software. Also unique is that the controller offers specific calibration options during thickness measurements. As a result, significant improvements in measurement results can be achieved. The confocalDT controller operates using a passive cooling system that minimises fan noise and interference.
All confocal sensors from Micro-Epsilon can be connected to the confocalDT2451/2471 controller. Both standard sensors with fixed lenses and miniature 4 or 8mm diameter sensors in axial or radial designs, can be used with this controller.
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MICRO-EPSILON Messtechnik GmbH & Co. KG is based in Ortenburg, Germany.

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