Combined light section and vision sensors in one device for comparison and surveillance tasks

Written by: Tom Austin-Morgan | Published:

Pepperl+Fuchs’ light section sensors from the SmartRunner range combine a high-precision light section sensor and vision sensor into one compact device. These plug & play devices are optimised at the factory for a specific field of work. Unlike conventional ‘general purpose’ devices, commissioning and parameterisation is simple to carry out using teach-in or via data matrix control codes, and does not require trained and qualified personnel.

SmartRunner devices are capable of capturing images for the visual documentation of errors, process conditions and quality attributes. The integrated data matrix decoder allows the user to parameterise the sensor simply via data matrix control codes - without using a PC. The light section sensors supply the detection result as a good or bad signal to the switching outputs, which can be processed using any control panel.

The SmartRunner Matcher is optimised to recognise a previously taught-in reference contour. Typical tasks include checking the position and accuracy of objects with high precision, to verify whether the robot can grasp body components, for example.

In contrast, the SmartRunner Detector monitors the taught-in scene for the entry of foreign bodies that pose a danger to sensitive machine parts, such as expensive lenses and precision tools. It detects objects with a size range of up to 1mm with high accuracy, using a trapezoidal measuring range that is 350 by 700mm.

The SmartRunner has numerous areas of use, such as in the automotive industry and in many areas of plant and mechanical engineering.


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