- October 03, 2018
October 3, 2018 - Pepperl+Fuchs' SmartRunner technology makes the functionality of vision systems available in digital-output sensors. Based on an innovative combination of light section technology and 2-D vision, SmartRunner from Pepperl+Fuchs is a family of sensors tailored to the needs of specific applications. These sensors transform complex profile data into digital signals.
The SmartRunner Matcher from Pepperl+Fuchs is a camera-based light section sensor that combines both the evaluation process and the interfaces in one device. The device features a specially preconfigured firmware that enables it to specialize in precise profile comparisons. The user simply has to input the required reference profile using the teach-in mode. After initial setup and configuration-the user inputs the required reference profile using the teach-in mode-the Matcher captures an image of each object's line profile. Using LEDs and a 2D camera, the SmartRunner Matcher compares the current profile to the taught-in reference profile. When the scanned profile matches the reference profile, the Matcher sends a "good" signal. When the profile deviates from the reference, a "bad" signal is sent.
In addition to the Matcher, Pepperl+Fuchs also introduces the SmartRunner Detector. This light section sensor is optimized for monitoring, detecting even the smallest of faults. The focus of the Detector is on protecting expensive components and increasing machine availability. It detects even the smallest unauthorized parts, overlapping, and overhangs. The Detector identifies objects with a minimum size of 0.25 mm in a trapeze-shaped measuring range with a width of 350 mm at a maximum range of 700 mm.
The integrated camera also makes it possible to record images in order to document the complete process and assure quality control. The recorded error images can be uploaded remotely, preventing trips to the factory floor and allowing monitoring of difficult-to-access machine areas. The LEDs supply consistent, brightly-lit images. Parameterization through Data Matrix control codes is also possible.
The SmartRunner Matcher and SmartRunner Detector by Pepperl+Fuchs offers vision sensors that can be implemented in a variety of industries and applications.