Micro-Epsilon UK Ltd. - PRODUCT NEWS
Micro-Epsilon to launch new eddy current and new laser displacement sensors at Mtec 2011
Visitors to stand 1112 at this year's Mtec 2011 exhibition (Advanced Manufacturing UK, 6-7 April 2011) will have the opportunity to view four groundbreaking new sensors from precision measurement specialist Micro-Epsilon (UK) Ltd. These include two non-contact displacement sensors, a thermal imager and a laser profile scanner.
Embedded Coil Technology
The new eddyNCDT 3100 displacement sensor is the first standard, catalogue sensor to use Micro-Epsilon's new groundbreaking Embedded Coil Technology (ECT). ECT is a technological breakthrough in eddy current sensor design and manufacture, enabling ultra-compact designs to be produced. ECT provides almost unlimited scope in terms of the external design and geometrical shape of the sensor, which can be adapted to suit virtually any application requirements.
As with all ECT sensors, the eddyNCDT 3100 offers extreme mechanical robustness, resulting in longer service intervals and higher temperature stability. The sensors are suitable for harsh operating environments, including high vibration, impact shocks and high operating temperatures.
The eddyNCDT 3100 has an integrated EEPROM chip that stores sensor and cable calibration data. Normally, with eddy current sensors, the user has to spend time calibrating the sensor, controller and cable to the specific application. However, with the eddyNCDT 3100, the sensor is simply plugged in to a controller and no further calibration is required. This means reduced calibration and set up times for users, particularly if multiple sensors and controllers are involved.
The sensor controller also incorporates a web browser interface, enabling users to remotely configure individual or multiple sensor installations. Ethernet and analogue interfaces are also provided.
Laser displacement sensor
The new optoNCDT 2300 is a high-end, self-contained laser displacement sensor that requires no separate controller and which provides an extremely high measuring speed of up to 50 kHz. The sensor is therefore ideal for high-speed dynamic applications such as vibration measurement or for measuring uneven, difficult surfaces including transparent plastics. Although competing sensors claim to offer similar measuring rates and resolution, the optoNCDT 2300 is the only sensor that offers a 50 kHz measuring speed and an integral controller. Competing sensors offer high resolution only by applying a high averaging factor, which then reduces the dynamic speed of the laser. The optoNCDT 2300 achieves high resolution and high measuring speeds without any averaging.
The sensor can also be configured remotely using a web browser interface. This direct connection means the user can store parameters for a particular application, which can then be uploaded to one or multiple sensors, reducing set up time considerably.
Non-contact temperature measurement
The new thermoIMAGER TIM340 is an inline radiometric thermal imaging camera that is built on the same platform as its predecessor, the thermoIMAGER TIM160, but offers higher thermal resolution and a new detector.
The thermoIMAGER TIM340 provides temperature images and profiles of a target area. This plug-and-play unit comes with a full software package that enables the user to configure all the parameters of the device, as well as enabling the real time capture (at up to 120Hz full frame rate) and storage of images or video of an event for slow-motion play back or snapshots at a later date. The user can also now switch between a thermal image and a photo realistic digital image.
The thermoIMAGER TIM340 is fixed into position in a production line or R&D lab in order to monitor the temperature profile of target materials or objects. The camera is well suited to in-process measurement, quality control, R&D, and for locating hotspots on critical plant and machinery.
New higher resolution laser profile scanner with Ethernet interface
Also on the stand will be the new scanCONTROL 2710 series. These sensors are extremely compact with an integrated controller, providing a complete solution for the measurement of angles, steps, position and part recognition. Profiling of adhesive beads, weld seams, grooves and gaps is also possible.
After the sensor has been configured using the new scanCONTROL Configuration Tools 2.0 software, the sensor can perform data acquisition, profile calculations and measured value generation at full resolution (100 Hz). The sensor is therefore ideal for robotics and automation tasks and is available in 25mm and 100mm measuring ranges.
For more information or to arrange a product demonstration at Mtec 2011, please call the sales department on 0151 355 6070 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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