Ondosense's New Radar Sensor Enables Micrometer-precise Distance Measurement–Even in the Harshest Environments

  • January 11, 2022
Ondosense's New Radar Sensor Enables Micrometer-precise Distance Measurement–Even in the Harshest Environments
Ondosense's New Radar Sensor Enables Micrometer-precise Distance Measurement–Even in the Harshest Environments

Jan. 11, 2021 - German tech startup OndoSense has launched an ultra-precise radar sensor for distance measurement, which reliably measures even in the most difficult industrial environments with dirt, smoke, oil mist or adverse light at all times. With a measurement accuracy of up to one micrometer and a measuring frequency of 300 Hertz, the OndoSense apex is not only the most precise and fastest distance radar on the market: With 0.1 to 50 meters, it also offers the widest measuring range as well as the lowest blind range of comparable distance radars. Thanks to IO-Link, RS485, an analog current interface (4–20 mA) and three digital switching outputs (PNP/NPN), customers benefit from high-performance industrial interfaces for data transmission to the machine control (PLC).

The application spectrum of the OndoSense apex radar sensor ranges from simple distance measurements, complex dimension measurements, presence control and positioning of hidden objects (e. g. behind packaging or plastic plates) to the precise positioning of machines in several dimensions and the detection of obstacles to collision avoidance.

“Our customers in the steel, mechanical engineering and chemical industries are enthusiastic about the extreme precision, speed and wide measuring range of the OndoSense apex. They also appreciate the high usability, the numerous configuration features and the wide range of applications of our distance radar. This great success is the result of the fantastic work of the entire OndoSense team, of which I am very proud," explained Dr. Mathias Klenner, CEO and co-founder of OndoSense.

The extremely narrow opening angle of the radar lens of only 4 degrees for radar sensors ensures reliable measurements with an extremely small measuring spot.

“Many providers of radar sensors are trying to narrow down the opening angle on the software side. The extensive tests of our radar experts show that this path significantly reduces the accuracy, speed and reliability of the measurement. Our customized lens meets the desire of many customers for focused measurements with a small opening angle and a maximum of precision and measuring frequency. If necessary, a sensor variant with a very wide opening angle is also available—e. g. for applications in collision avoidance," explained Dr. Axel Hülsmann, CTO and co-founder of OndoSense.


User-friendly configuration with “Peak-Selection” feature

The browser-based configuration software of the radar sensor impresses with an intuitive, user-friendly user interface and numerous features that make it very easy to commission the sensor. For example, the reflections (peaks) of the radar signal can be visualized in the software. Smart “peak selection” algorithms can simply select the desired target object with a mouse click and hide other targets. The peaks can be sorted by signal strength or distance. In addition, dynamic thresholds or linear thresholds can be defined.


Reliable measurement results—even for dirt, smoke, oil mist or adverse light

Thanks to robust, insensitive radar technology and smart radar algorithms, the OndoSense apex offers high-precision, reliable measurement results—even for dirt, smoke, steam, rain, snow, heat, low light conditions, light flashes or rough surfaces. With its dustproof, jet water-proof housing (IP 67/IP 69K) and resistant PTFE lens, the robust distance radar is the ideal choice for challenging production environments. For extreme conditions, the heavy duty housing via water cooling and compressed air supply offers maximum protection against heat or dirt. The OndoSense apex distance radar achieves reliable measurement results at all times.

With its unmatched precision and speed as well as its wide measuring range, the OndoSense apex Distance Radar offers a wide range of applications in sectors such as the metal industry, mechanical engineering, agriculture, the food industry, the oil and gas industry, the chemical and pharmaceutical industry or the energy sector.


OndoSense apex–at a glance

  • Ultra-precise, reliable & fast distance measurement—even for dirt, smoke, oil mist, etc.
  • With 0.1 to 50 meters widest measuring range & lowest blind range
  • Proven interfaces: IO-Link, 4-20 mA, switching outputs, RS485
  • Distance & dimensional measurement, presence control, collision avoidance


Industry focus

Steel and metal industry, mechanical and plant engineering, agriculture, oil and gas industry, chemicals & pharmaceuticals, automotive industry, food industry and energy sector.

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