2D/3D laser profile scanner for automation

Paul Boughton

Micro-Epsilon has developed a compact, lightweight laser profile scanner. The scanCONTROL 2600/2900 optoelectronic sensor with integrated controller is enclosed in a 380g aluminium housing.

While the sensor is as small as a packet of cigarettes, it provides a large range of features: up to 4,000 profiles per second can be transferred to a PC for further processing.

The scanCONTROL 2600 offers a measuring rate up to 640 points per profile and the scanCONTROL 2900 up to 1280 points per profile. The measuring range starts at a distance of 53 mm from the sensor and can be extended up to 390 mm, depending on the sensor model.

The same size of housing is used for the various measuring ranges. The following interfaces are available for scanCONTROL 2600/2900: Gigabit Ethernet interface for transferring profiles and a multi-purpose interface for RS422 connections.

At the same time, the digital inputs can be used for synchronising and triggering, or as encoder inputs.

An additional output unit can be used to provide more output signals. scanCONTROL 2600/2900 is particularly suited for applications that require a low sensor weight, for example, in automotive production or when sensors are mounted to robot arms.

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Micro-Epsilon Messtechnik GmbH & Co.KG is based in Ortenburg, Germany. www.micro-epsilon.de

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