3D Image Sensor
The ifm efector 3D Image Sensor measures the size, shape and volume of objects in industrial automation applications. The 3D sensor provides critical information in applications such as palletizing and de-palletizing, bulk level of materials, level of food products, level of product on conveyors, material handling, logistics, and intelligent routing/sorting. The 3D Image Sensor combines photonic mixing device (PMD) technology with reliable time of flight (TOF) distance measurement. In operation, the 3D sensor sends a light pulse to the target object. This pulse is reflected by the object back to the sensor’s smart pixel receiver element. A comparison between the optical and electrical reference signals yields an output signal that carries the desired distance information. For image capture, the 3D sensor’s 64 x 48 pixel array projects 3,072 points of reference onto the object. Robust metal housing measures only 42 x 62 x 42 mm and is designed to withstand harsh industrial environments and to perform in fast-moving applications. Application parameters are quickly established with the sensor’s setup wizard software that can be used with a PC. The sensor can provide either digital or analog outputs.
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