Micro-Epsilon UK Ltd. - PRODUCT NEWS
Laser profile scanner inspects weld seams on steel pipes at Metco
Middle East Tube Company (Metco) is Israels largest manufacturer of steel pipe. As these pipes are used for transporting sewage, water, oil or gas, the weld seam produced during the pipe manufacturing process must be absolutely leak-tight.
The pipe material is joined to a pipe using the spiral welding technique. The positioning of the metal sheets for this process was previously carried out manually. However, the difficulties in aligning the pipes accurately resulted in continual problems.
Using Micro-Epsilons scanCONTROL 2710 laser profile scanner, the positioning process is now performed automatically at Metco. The calculated profile information is used to directly control the positioning process. The optional output unit performs the conversion of this data via FireWire.
The measuring object rotates at a speed of 1.5 m/min. The ambient temperature at the sensor reaches a maximum of 40°C. The scanner is positioned in such a way that no special cooling is required.
The 2710 is part of Micro-Epsilons SMART series of scanCONTROL laser profile scanners. The SMART series has been developed to internally process the measurement profile data and calculate common parameters. For example, step height, gap, width, relative position, etc.
The sensors will not only derive multiple parameters from a common library in parallel, but also multiple pass/fail switch outputs. This enables the user to configure the sensor once, and then allow the sensor to operate in standalone mode without any additional PC or PLC. Both digital and analogue outputs are available directly from the sensor. The scanCONTROL 2710 offers all this functionality in a single integrated solution.
Micro-Epsilon (www.micro-epsilon.co.uk) is a major global manufacturer of sensors, headquartered in Germany. The companys range of displacement sensors measure everything from to distance, position, vibration, dimensions and thickness, using both contact and non-contact measurement techniques. These techniques include 1D, 2D and even 3D laser-optical sensors and systems, eddy-current, capacitive, LVDT & inductive, potentiometric and draw-wire principles. Additionally Micro Epsilon has developed its own range of non-contact infrared temperature sensors that can measure virtually any target temperature from -40 to +3,300°C.
With more than 35 years experience in the industry, Micro-Epsilon isnt just a sensor manufacturer. The company is highly innovative and understands the importance of providing complete solutions and support services for its customers. The firm is renowned for its expertise in consulting, development and application of industrial sensors to complex, customer-specific solutions for measurement, inspection and automation. The focus is on selling technical advantage to its customers.
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