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Laser sensor for food and beverage applications

Laser sensor for food and beverage applications Micro-Epsilon has introduced a new IP69K-protected series of laser sensors that are suitable for measuring displacement, distance and position in demanding environments, including food and beverage processing and other harsh process manufacturing applications.

The new optoNCDT 1402SC sensor series have a stainless steel enclosure that provides class IP69K protection. The sensor is resistant to high-pressure jet washing, as well as providing resistance to aggressive cleaning chemicals, detergents and disinfectants, including hydrogen peroxide and other alkaline- or chlorine-based cleaning agents.

The optoNCDT 1402SC sensors are equipped with similar technology to the optoNCDT 1402 standard range of laser sensors, offering measuring ranges between 5mm and 600mm. Due to their particularly low power consumption of 50mA, applications that require wireless energy transmission to the sensor are now possible. In this model, the housing is made from corrosion-resistant V4A steel, which meets all food industry standards and regulations. The sensor is available in eight models with measuring ranges from 5mm up to 600mm.

The sensor benefits from an extremely robust, compact and lightweight (83g) design, enabling machine builders and OEMs to easily integrate the sensor into their existing systems. The optoNCDT 1402SC range achieves reliable measurement results if operating environments are even more demanding. During IP69K protection class tests, the sensors demonstrated high resistance under extreme operating conditions. In addition to an eight-hour, high-pressure jet wash test using hot water (85°C) and at pressures of 80-100bar, these tests also included an eight-hour dust resistance test. The electronics operate at a measuring frequency of 1.5kHz, achieving linearity of 0.18% and resolution of 0.01%.

Like all optoNCDT 1402 sensors, the SC version has an integral controller that automatically compensates in real time for difficult-to-measure surfaces such as shiny metal, gloss paint finishes and black rubber. This real time surface compensation (RTSC) feature enables OEMs and machine builders to more accurately measure a variety of object parameters, including thickness, roundness, position, deflection, tilt, displacement and vibration.

The sensor housing measures just 65x50x20mm. This compact design and integral controller enable rapid mounting and installation, even in restricted spaces on machines or next to production lines. With no separate controller to mount, machine builders and systems integrators will reduce wiring costs and free up space in their control cabinets.

The optoNCDT 1402SC offers an analogue current/voltage output, an RS422 digital interface. Other options include high flex cables for use with drag chain and robots.
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