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Non-contact laser gauging for easily damaged materials

14 July 2013

A non-contact laser for fast, high-performance gauging has been introduced by Ametek Solartron Metrology. The new Orbit LTH laser triangulation unit offers 2 or 10mm measurement ranges, yielding an accuracy of up to .05µm with the 2mm stroke.

The laser can be networked with as many as 150 different sensors by connecting to Solartron’s Orbit 3 digital measurement system.

Applications include high-volume gauging for quality control of metal and plastic products that may be damaged by contact measurement instruments.

The sensor’s auto-gain circuitry adjusts power based on feedback from the material, providing better readings on difficult surfaces. It can switch between diffuse and specular modes to measure reflective and non-reflective materials.

A bridging function can be programmed to account for drop-offs in materials with gaps or holes.

Multiple outputs are available, including USB, Ethernet, TCP, RS232 and Modbus.

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