The range of controllers for confocal sensors from Micro-Epsilon with a new light source has been extended by a further model. Not only does the confocalDT IFC2461 provide higher measuring rates up to 25kHz for faster measurements and control of dynamic processes, but also delivers stable measurement results. The enhanced, optical components are ideal for glass thickness measurements and when measuring distances onto dark target objects. An active exposure time regulation feature allows different surface types to be measured.
As the integrated light source is more durable than a Xenon light source, maintenance and purchase costs are reduced.
Two controller versions are available: the standard version and a multi-peak version. The latter provides six peaks, enabling one-sided thickness measurement of up to five layers. The IFC2461 is primarily used in the production of glass, bottles and displays, or when high speed inline processes are involved.
The confocal chromatic sensors are used for distance measurement, as well as for measuring the thickness of transparent materials. The high end controllers achieve measuring rates of 10 kHz (IFC2451), 25 kHz (IFC2461) or 70 kHz using an external Xenon light source (IFC2471) and offer EtherCAT, Ethernet, RS422 and Analog Out. Optical signals are transferred between sensor and controller via an optical fiber.