BAUMER IFRM 03 SHORT SENSOR When working with applications in spindles, grippers, and robotics, space is typically very tight. Unfortunately, that fact does not eliminate the need for automation. If anything, it increases it. These ever-shrinking spaces can create enormous stresses on standard proximity sensors. As a result, manufacturers and users of automated machinery are always requesting greater miniaturization and higher stress tolerances from sensor suppliers. In response to these needs, Baumer has created the new IFRM 03 Short, an addition to the 3mm inductive proximity sensor family. These 3mm diameter sensors are available with either 16 or 12mm length. Additionally they offer a minimum operating voltage of 6 VDC, a significant decrease from the typical 10 VDC. Baumer is well-known for its sensor performance. But the brand also stands out via its consistency from sensor to sensor. In a quality test of ten randomly-drawn sensors from production, the variation in sensing distance over the operating temperature range was only ±10% and consistent across the ten samples. This is in contrast to a test of comparable models whose variation was up to ±30% over the same temperature range and varied considerably from sensor to sensor. The result here is less calibration, error, and variation in performance at different sensor points if the Baumer sensors are used. The shorter housing option (12mm) includes a litz wire connection. This was done to allow for a much tighter bend radius of only 5mm, allowing the sensors to fit into a much shallower install space. More detail on the litz wire concept is available via New England Wire Technologies at https://www.newenglandwire.com/products/ litz-wire-and-formed-cables/. Baumer www.baumer.com/us-en/products/presence-detection/ inductive-sensors/inductive-miniature-sensors/ EYEVISION SUPPORT FOR PHOTONFOCUS 3D CAMERA The EyeVision software now supports the Photonfocus 3D camera. Therefore new and various possibilities for the use of the EyeVision 3D software are now available. The laser line detection algorithm of the Photonfocus 3D camera is able to compute the peak position of a laser line with sub-pixel accuracy. Thus, the height profile of an object gets computed within the camera, making additional calculations in the PC needless. This is a great advantage for the user and as there is the EyeVision 3D software running on the camera the full functionality of the software is available. The camera is equipped with a GigE interface, to make a capture of 3D profiles without a frame grabber and the cost-effective creation of a multicamera- system, such as it is used for the inspection of profiles, possible. The maximum resolution is 1024 x 1024 pixel with a frame rate of 150 profiles per second. The number of profiles increases when the resolution gets smaller. The maximum of number of profiles is 14770 profiles per second. With EyeVision 3D the user can make solutions for profile measurement as well as the capture of a point cloud image. On that image the software can perform several evaluations and measurements, such as pattern matching, object counting, etc. Or else just align and find objects on a grid with the “3D ObjectGrid” command. The 3D software also has the “3D Match” command, which also means that bin-picking applications can be solved. EyeVision 3D is therefore now more easily to combine with robots from ABB, Kuka or Stäubli. The “3D Match” offers the robots the intelligent behind the eye such as the Photonfocus camera, to pick objects out of a box. EVT Eye Vision Technology +49721 626905-82 | www.evt-web.com
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