Robotics Industry News
New Ultrasonic Distance Measurement Sensor offers More Features for Increased Production Quality and Efficiency
SICK, Inc. Posted 08/13/2009
Minneapolis, Minn – SICK (www.sickusa.com), one of the world’s leading manufacturers of sensors, safety systems, machine vision, and automatic identification products for factory and logistics automation, today announced the launch of its UM30-2 Ultrasonic Distance Measurement Sensors, featuring a new EasyTouch display and keypad that enables easier setup, configuration, and access to advanced problem solving features. The UM30-2 line offers increased measurement performance and is 25% shorter, providing more installation options. These sensors are ideal for detection and distance measurement applications, such as roll diameter control, level control, clear bottle detection, and collision avoidance.
The sensors’ increased performance includes actual measurement enhancements and valuable advanced features that can be activated to solve common application problems. The sensors’ resolution has been improved and now offers 0.18 mm resolution throughout the entire measurement range of the UM30-2 family. The new EasyTouch display and keypad allow for easy setup and quick commissioning and provide access to 14 advanced features without using any external PC or programming module.
Advanced features enable users to connect multiple sensors together to act as one large sensor, which increases the sensing area for more robust collision avoidance or for monitoring difficult target surfaces. They can also be connected together and programmed to multiplex to avoid cross talk and mutual interference. Another common problem solved by using the sensors’ advanced features is to ignore foreground or background targets, making it ideal for level detection to ignore signal reflections from the rim of the vial/bin/hopper/bottle/tube and only output the distance to the material inside. These solutions were previously not available in standard ultrasonic sensors and now provide more opportunities for you and your customer.
SICK is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of sensors, safety systems and automatic identification products for industrial applications. With nearly 450 patents, SICK continues to lead the industry in new product innovations. The diversity of its product line allows SICK to offer solutions at every phase of production in the logistics, automotive, packaging, electronics, food and beverage, and material handling markets. SICK was founded in 1946 and has operations or representation in 65 countries worldwide.