Technical article: Micro-Epsilon's Chris Jones discusses growing importance of EtherCAT
‘EtherCAT sensors enable real-time measurements in industrial automation’
In this technical article, entitled ‘EtherCAT sensors enable real-time measurements in industrial automation’, Chris Jones, Micro-Epsilon UK’s managing director, discusses the growing importance of EtherCAT in enabling the latest laser displacement sensors to transfer measurement data in real time in automated industrial environments.
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- EtherCAT explained
- EtherCAT controllers
- EtherCAT laser displacement sensors
The OptoNCDT 2300LL non-contact laser line displacement sensor from Micro-Epsilon is designed for the high-speed measurement of shiny metallic and rapidly changing, rough or other difficult-to-measure surfaces. An ideal application for the sensor is said to be structured surfaces where the distance to the surface and not the structure itself needs to be measured.
Micro-Epsilon has developed an inductive LVDT gauging sensor suitable for use in medium- to high-volume OEM production environments. The sensor’s small size enables it to be installed in areas where space is tight or restricted. The Indusensor DTA-XG8 probe is designed specifically for process automation, machine tools, automated assembly and quality-control applications in industries such as automotive and aerospace.
Micro-Epsilon has introduced the ConfocalDT IFS 2405 series of confocal chromatic sensors for measuring the displacement or position of dark, diffuse and highly reflective surfaces. The sensors are designed for research and development, laboratory, medical, semiconductor manufacturing, glass production and plastics processing applications.
The Thermometer CSmicro from Micro-Epsilon is a non-contact infrared temperature sensor designed for installation where space is restricted. The sensor utilises a small sensor head with compact electronics fully integrated into the sensor cable and is suitable for OEM and medium- to high-volume applications.
Micro-Epsilon has extended its range of non-contact temperature sensors to include a compact infrared ratio temperature sensor suitable for use in high-speed, high-temperature environments, including those found in metal casting, welding, forming and sintering.