Micro-Epsilon releases scanCONTROL BL blue laser sensors

Tuesday, Aug 11, 2015

Micro-Epsilon releases scanCONTROL BL blue laser sensors that work on shiny, highly polished surfaces, as well as transparent materials such as plastics, glass, optical components and film/substrates.

The sensors are designed for high precision profile and dimensional measurements on a variety of materials where red laser diode sensors do not perform well.

The scanCONTROL BL series of blue laser profile sensors operate using blue (violet) laser technology rather than red. The special characteristics of the blue wavelength laser light make the scanners suitable for measuring against shiny, highly polished metals, as well as red-hot glowing metals and silicon-based materials. All the controls and electronics are integrated in an extremely lightweight, compact sensor design, enabling the scanners to be installed in locations where there may be little space available for mounting. The scanCONTROL BL series offers a range of interfaces and flexible installation options.

The scanCONTROL BL series is available with measuring ranges up to 265mm in the z-axis (distance/profile height) and up to 143.5mm in the x-axis (laser line length/profile width). Output of measurement data is via Ethernet (UDP, Modbus) or serial interface (RS422, Modbus). In addition, analogue signals or digital switching signals can be output directly to a PLC. Profile frequencies of up to 2,000Hz and a measuring rate of up to 2,560,000 points/sec enable the sensors to be used in high speed applications.

All scanCONTROL series sensors (blue and red) are equipped with a Gigabit Ethernet interface for transferring profile data, as well as a multi-purpose connector for RS422, Digital In (HTL/TTL), power supply and synchronisation. The sensors support Power-over-Ethernet (PoE), which reduces the need for an additional power cable.

Micro-Epsilon has also released a new LabVIEW driver for scanCONTROL series sensors. The LabVIEW instrument driver 2.4 (available as a 32-bit or 64-bit version) is a convenient interface between sensor and LabVIEW test and measurement environments. As well as updating existing modules, further ones have been added that enable faster, easier set up and configuration of scanCONTROL sensors. In addition, the driver includes several example programs that illustrate the ease of use of these modules.

All scanCONTROL series sensors (blue and red) are designed with a high-speed external profile trigger input. In this way, the data rate can be optimised and measurements can be triggered at a specific event in time. This is particularly beneficial when several systems are operating synchronously. Together with its compact design and simple wiring, scanCONTROL is ideally suited to multi-scanner applications.

scanCONTROL BL series is available in three classes: COMPACT, HIGHSPEED and SMART.

COMPACT scanCONTROL 2900/BL sensors are suitable for both static and dynamic measurement tasks. These compact sensors offer a profile frequency of up to 200Hz and act as profile data providers.

HIGHSPEED scanCONTROL 2950/BL sensors offer everything for advanced high-speed and 3D profile applications. A profile frequency of up to 2,000Hz can be acquired using these sensors, which also serve as pure profile data providers.

SMART scanCONTROL 2910/BL series offers a ‘plug & play’ solution with integrated controller that is suitable for simple-to-complex measurement tasks. The design of the sensor is identical to the COMPACT and HIGHSPEED classes. The scanner evaluates recorded profiles and outputs the measurement values.

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