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Micro-Epsilon to unveil new blue laser sensors at Sensors & Systems Show

Micro-Epsilon to unveil new blue laser sensors at Sensors & Systems Show
Visitors to stand P47 at this year's Sensors+Systems for Control and Instrumentation exhibition (14-15 September 2011) will have the opportunity to view a range of new sensors from precision measurement specialist Micro-Epsilon UK. Highlights on the stand include the official UK launch of the unique Blue Laser Sensors, as well as demonstrations of the thermoIMAGER TIM160, and the scanCONTROL 2710 laser profile sensor with Ethernet interface.
Blue Laser Sensors
A world first in laser triangulation sensor technology, Micro-Epsilon's new innovative Blue laser sensor will be demonstrated for the first time in the UK at the show. Blue Laser Sensors operate on the laser triangulation measuring principle and use blue laser technology. The sensors are ideal for measurements on hot, glowing metals, particularly in hot steel processing, as well as for measuring organic materials such as skin, foodstuffs, plastics, veneers and wood.

The wavelength of the blue laser offers significant benefits. Unlike a red laser, the blue laser light does not penetrate the measuring object due to its reduced wavelength of 405nm. The blue laser generates a lower intensity laser spot on the surface and therefore offers more stable, precise measurements on targets that conventional red laser sensors have difficulty measuring.

The Blue Laser sensors are equipped with new high-end optical lenses, a new intelligent laser control and evaluation algorithms. The sensor is suitable for red glowing metals up to 1,600 deg C, silicon to 1,150 deg C.

Low cost alternative to thermal imagers
Powered and operated via a USB 2.0 interface, the thermoIMAGER TIM160 is a low cost (£2,950) inline radiometric thermal imaging camera that provides temperature images and profiles of a target area. This plug-and-play unit is supplied with a full software package that enables the user to configure all device parameters, as well as enabling the real time capture (at 120Hz full frame rate) and storage of images or video of an event for slow motion play back or snapshots at a later date - an important feature in R&D and failure diagnostics work.

Rather than supplying the thermoIMAGER TIM160 with a single factory calibrated optical lens, Micro-Epsilon offers users the option of up to three interchangeable lenses (6, 23 and 48 degree FOV). For R&D test engineers who may be unsure of which applications they will use the device for, the three interchangeable lenses cater for every possible field of view for temperature monitoring tasks.

Also on the stand will be the new scanCONTROL 2710 series with integrated Ethernet connection. These sensors are extremely compact with an integrated controller, providing a complete solution for the measurement of angles, steps, position and 2D profiles. 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.
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