VC PicoSmart 3D laser profiler

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Vision Components launches the new OEM laser profiler VC picoSmart 3D with integrated processors for 3D profile data analysis and further image processing tasks.

All components are designed to function together perfectly: a miniaturized embedded vision system with a 1-megapixel image sensor, an FPGA and a high-end FPU processor and a line laser module with a blue high-power laser. The system is enclosed in a compact industrial-grade housing measuring only 100 mm x 40 mm x 41 mm and featuring a clear control panel and display.

The integrated VC picoSmart is the world’s smallest embedded vision system, housed on a board the size of an image sensor. The FPGA is pre-programmed for 3D computation. The laser module, also an in-house development, operates reliably under bright ambient light up to 100,000 lux. The 130-mW laser is rated class 2. OEMs can implement their applications with minimal effort – from position detection to measurement to adhesive bead inspection and much more. The manufacturer offers company-specific labeling on request. VC picoSmart 3D is ideal for fast and economic development of individual OEM 3D sensors. All components are long-term available and optimized for series production.

Vision Components at Euroblech

At the EuroBLECH tradeshow, Vision Components (booth 12-A02) will showcase its tested and proven laser profiler for angle measurement and inline control of sheet metal bending processes. The VC nano3D-Z laser triangulation sensor operates autonomously, without an external computing unit, and is already fully calibrated for angle measurement. It enables dynamic closed-loop contact pressure adjustment in press brakes and thereby an increase of both throughput and efficiency. The measurement resolution is better than +/- 0.05°. The easy-to-mount sensor connects to any controller/PLC and directly outputs the bending angle in degrees.

The sensor is already integrated in DELEM and – new – CYBELEC controllers. Also new are a mounting kit and other accessories for easy commissioning. The rugged IP67-grade laser profiler is suitable for die widths from V6 to V200 and heights from 55 mm to 150 mm. Versions for larger dies are also available on request. The sensor delivers robust results even with reflective or brushed surfaces as well as perforated sheet metal. The German manufacturer Vision Components has developed it specifically as an OEM product and, in addition to the turnkey complete solution, also offers a modular kit for individual further development. The integrated embedded vision system and high-power blue laser (class 2) are perfectly matched. Press brake manufacturers receive proven, industrial-grade components with assured long-term availability.

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