Intelligent laser profilers from Vision Components

22nd May 2020
Alex Lynn

Vision Components manufactures intelligent laser profilers for a wide range of applications. The standard VCnano3D-Z models cover working distances from 50 to 2,025mm and between 40 and 1,250mm horizontal field of view. They provide high precision with resolutions down to ten micrometres.

The series offers OEMs an exact fit for their measurement task so that they can save the effort for elaborate, costly hardware adaptations. Currently, there are about 100 models in four sizes ranging in length from about 140 to 472mm. In addition, the manufacturer also offers on-demand customer-specific configurations with a quick turnaround.

The 3D embedded vision systems are compact, lightweight, and easy to integrate into OEM applications. They contain a Xilinx Zynq SoC featuring a dual-core ARM processor and an FPGA. The 3D profiles are calculated solely and entirely on the FPGA, allowing the ARM processor to be programmed for additional application tasks.

Vision Components’ proprietary ambient light suppression technology enables measurements with laser profilers under up to 100,000lux. The high ambient light immunity results from a high-intensity blue laser (450nm), which is nevertheless rated laser class 2, combined with extremely short exposure times.

Featuring a GigE interface and scan rates of up to two kilohertz, the laser profilers are ideally suited for real-time applications. Latest-generation CMOS image sensors ensure high image quality with minimal noise.

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