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Launch of the 100 kHz Laser Displacement Sensor by Micro-Epsilon

Precision sensor manufacturer Micro-Epsilon has extended its range of laser displacement devices with a new high speed true analogue laser sensor that offers one of the fastest measuring rates of any laser displacement sensor currently available on the market.

The sensors can be used in a variety of environments including production, R&D and test labs. Typical applications include impact/drop/crash tests; position control of engine pistons and valves; length, angle and thickness measurements; flatness control; checking dimensional accuracy of components; and vibration measurements.

The optoNCDT 1610/1630 measurement system comprises of a sensor and separate controller and a 2-metre connecting cable as standard. The controller is equipped with both analogue (current and voltage) and Ethernet interfaces.

There are 14 versions of the sensor available, with measuring ranges from 0.5mm up to 200mm and maximum measuring speeds due to an extremely fast, analogue PSD (position sensing detector) in the sensor head.
The optoNCDT 1610 series measures at a frequency response rate of 10kHz and is available in measuring ranges from 0.5mm up to 200mm. Dynamic resolution is 0.06% to 0.1% FSO. Maximum linearity is +/- 0.2%.

The optoNCDT 1610/1630 measurement system.

The optoNCDT 1630 operates at a frequency of up to 100kHz and is available in measuring ranges from 0.5mm up to 50mm. Dynamic resolution is 0.1% to 0.18% FSO. Maximum linearity is +/- 0.3%.

Set up and configuration

Each sensor is supplied with Micro-Epsilon’s ILD Tools software for easy set up and configuration of the sensor and controller. All the settings can be implemented via a Windows user interface on a PC or laptop. The parameters are sent to the sensor via the serial interface and can also be saved for future use if required. ILD Tools also includes a module that displays and saves measurement results. Connection to the PC is via the sensor cable with USB converter.

Multi-channel measurements

The optoNCDT 1610 / 1630 series can also be used with Micro-Epsilon’s CSP2008 universal controller – a powerful, flexible programmable controller that enables the real time processing of up to six input and output signals from the company’s laser and optical sensors. The CSP2008 is able to process up to six digital or analogue input signals: two internal (via the front panel), plus four external signals via plug-in Ethercat modules. Ethercat can also be used as an external interface for connecting further sensors and I/O modules.

Protection in harsh environments

The sensor is supplied with a controller and a 2 metre connecting cable as standard. The sensor head is protected to IP64 (controller to IP40). However, for harsh environments, three types of protective enclosure are available for the sensor head:

  • The SGH housing is fully enclosed with an integrated front window, which the sensor measures through. The water-resistant housing (IP68) protects against aggressive solvents and detergents.

  • The SGHF housing provides optimum protection for the sensor using integrated compressed air cooling, which provides protection from fluids.

  • The SGL housing has an open slot for air purging of the measurement gap as well as sensor cooling.

With its impressive range of technical features, interfacing options and ability to adapt to a variety of different surfaces, the optoNCDT 1610/1630 series is an outstanding addition to Micro-Epsilon’s product range.

For more information on the optoNCDT 1610/1630 series of laser displacement sensors, please call the Micro-Epsilon sales department on 0151 355 6070 or email [email protected]

Micro-Epsilon is a major global manufacturer of sensors, headquartered in Germany. The company’s range of displacement sensors measure everything from to distance, position, vibration, dimensions and thickness, using both contact and non-contact measurement techniques. These techniques include 1D, 2D and even 3D laser-optical sensors and systems, eddy-current, capacitive, LVDT & inductive, potentiometric and draw-wire principles. In addition, Micro Epsilon has developed its own range of non-contact infrared temperature sensors that can measure virtually any target temperature from -40 to +3,300°C. The company also manufactures a comprehensive range of colour recognition sensors.

With more than 45 years’ experience in the industry, Micro-Epsilon isn’t just a sensor manufacturer. The company is highly innovative and understands the importance of providing complete solutions and support services for its customers. The firm is renowned for its expertise in consulting, development and application of industrial sensors to complex, customer-specific solutions for measurement, inspection and automation. The focus is on selling technical advantage to its customers.       


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