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3D laser profile scanner now with optional Ethernet connectivity

14 September 2010

Micro Epsilon has launched a new version of its popular 3D laser profile scanner, the scanCONTROL 2700, which is now available with an Ethernet interface as standard. FireWire is still available if preferred.

For users who regularly work with open connectivity systems, the new Ethernet network option is ideal. Using this interface, the laser profile scanner can be quickly integrated to existing industrial networks. The configuration of the scanner is carried out using a supplied configuration programme, which enables the scanner to be configured to a unique IP address. This means the profile data transmission can also be performed via this interface.

The scanCONTROL 2700 provides up to 64,000 calibrated measuring points per second in real time via an Ethernet or FireWire interface, without requiring any additional hardware (controller). The software development kit (SDK) and function library (LLT.dll) supplied as standard with the sensor provide the user with a communications platform that offers maximum flexibility and performance via direct integration with most common programming languages.

The scanCONTROL 2700 series of laser profile scanners is available with measuring ranges of 25mm, 50mm and 100mm. The models in the 2700 series have a compact housing with an integrated controller and offer an attractive price/performance ratio. This compact design means the scanner is suitable for a wide range of machine designs and automation systems, where space is often restricted.

Unlike many laser profile scanner on the market that have an external controller, the scanCONTROL 2700 offers users the most compact design possible. For applications in which multiple sensors are required or if the sensor needs to be mounted on a moving object such as a motorised stage or robot, the compactness and performance of the sensor is unsurpassed.

Typical applications for the scanCONTROL 2700 are the measurement of angles, steps and positions. The sensors are also used to measure profiles such as adhesive beads, weld seams, grooves and gaps. Here, the scanCONTROL 2710 version can be ordered, which calculates these parameters inside the sensor itself and then outputs the calculated value as either digital or analogue signals.

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