A new non-contact optical sensor that is designed to accurately measure the speed, length and position of almost any material, from metal sheeting to newsprint paper - is now available in South Africa.
Ideal target applications for the laser include cutting processes, packaging and printing, mechanical engineering, tire building or measurement and cutting of construction materials, among others.
SICK Automation’s Speetec laser motion control sensor won an iF design award in the product category. “It’s one of the smallest – if not the smallest – devices that offers non-contact measurement, as well as a host of other benefits,” says SICK Automation market product manager Stephen Eltze.
Additional benefits of the laser include accurate, high resolution, slip-free measurement with high reproducibility. The laser does not make contact with the material it measures or with the conveyor moving the material, enabling it to deliver slip-free measurement with enhanced accuracy and improved productivity. It also does not contaminate or damage the material, making it ideal for measurement of sensitive, soft or smooth materials. With a measurement resolution of up to 4 µm and high reproducibility, Speetec is said to be highly reliable.
The unit’s small size, basic mounting requirements and simple electric connections make it easy to install and wire, whether for a retrofit or a greenfield project. With no moving parts, Speetec is resilient to wear and tear as long as the measurement screen is kept clean. It comprises Class 1 lasers that are safe for eyes; additional operational safety measures are not required.
The Speetec is available for purchase from SICK Automation South Africa and its distribution partners.