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One Platform for Numerous Tasks: SmartRunner Explorer 3-D Vision Sensor

Vision sensors are usually designed for individual, specific tasks. By contrast, the new SmartRunner Explorer 3-D product family offers high-precision solutions that can be used in a wide variety of areas. This technology allows for the capture of a comparatively much larger range of data, opening up new possibilities for application.

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The two versions of this product—Stereo Vision and Time of Flight (ToF)—are based on the same platform with the same housing, standardized user software, and data output. The integration costs are considerably reduced.

The Stereo Vision version has two high-resolution cameras that produce a precise 3-D point cloud image. You can use this to check and count defined objects or detect the volume of amorphous masses. The ToF version of the sensor has a camera with VGA resolution (640 x 480 px) and a high measuring rate of 30 Hz.

It is especially suitable for applications with a larger measuring range, where short reaction times are required. This data can be used for applications such as controlling driverless transport systems.

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About Pepperl+Fuchs

With 5900 employees worldwide, Pepperl+Fuchs recorded sales of EUR 650 million in 2020. The Pepperl+Fuchs Group is one of the leading companies for industrial sensor technology and explosion protection. The headquarters in Mannheim, Germany, represent the core of the company's technical expertise, where engineers and specialists research and develop the latest technologies and products.

Originally a small family business founded in 1945, Pepperl+Fuchs is now represented on all continents by more than 40 subsidiaries. Our global presence gives us the best of both worlds: the highest technical standards plus efficient, cost-effective production facilities. Pepperl+Fuchs has developed into a partner for worldwide users of automation technology, and offers the most comprehensive portfolio of tried-and-tested components for the demands of manufacturing automation and process automation.

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