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Easy-to-use true 3D sensor from ifm electronic does a lot

22 February 2018

Described by some as a game-changer, the novel O3D300 from ifm electronic is a sensor capable of measuring three dimensions at once.

The PMD technology that ifm has been using for some time in ground-breaking optical sensors has many more uses. Sensors using this photonic mixer device detect a single point several metres distant from the sensor, and actually measure that distance using time-of-flight. The revolutionary feature of PMD is in capturing that information from a single point, on a single electronic chip. That single point with its distance measurement assembled into an array on a slightly larger chip provides three axes of measurement, resulting in a truly three-dimensional view from a given point. The O3D300 can scan a static object, or pile of bulk material without the movement that might be needed for a line scanner. 

Easy to set up: the software that ifm supplies free of charge makes setting the task extremely easy. Basically by showing the sensor where to look and what to look for using on-screen tools that can easily be mastered, the user is guided through tasks that the sensor can handle, such as the following:

Checking a case for completeness: from full-crate checking in the beverage industry to double-dough warning for bakeries, ifm’s O3D300 can easily spot a missing item. Cans, bottles, crates, kegs, blister packs, pots, tubes, bags, Tetra Pak packaging - all can be set up for reliable detection of underfill or overfill. The sensor tracks the position automatically and is not affected by such things as colour or extraneous light.

Carton dimensioning: the O3D300 measures the height, width and length to calculate strap length and volume, regardless of orientation. An indispensable aid in storage and logistics. Quality parameters also help with the detection of damaged or deformed objects. 

The O3D300 is available in versions for standard environments, or a stainless steel model adapted to suit the food industry. This device is extremely competitive in its pricing, too.

ifm is committed to working closely with its customers to develop products which precisely match their needs, and the company provides expert, readily accessible technical support to help users maximise the benefits they gain from ifm products.

For further information, contact Gemma Anderson, ifm electronic Ltd., efector House, Kingsway Business Park, Oldfield Road, Hampton, Middlesex, TW12 2HD.  Telephone:  020 8213-0000. E-mail –

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