Time of Flight sensor module delivers 3D capabilities

28th January 2021
Mick Elliott

The extensive sensor offering at Heilind Electronics has been extended with the Omron B5L 3D Time of Flight (TOF) sensor module.

Featuring an embedded 3D sensor with high ambient light immunity, the module provides high precision, long life and interference prevention.

The Omron B5L series Time of Flight sensor utilises unique optical design technology for stable measurement of three-dimensional distance information across a wide area -- even under sunlight.

In addition, the B5L series features specifications optimized for long periods of continuous operation to allow it to be used as an embedded sensor in various instruments.

This design results in a "mechanical eye" that is capable of accurately and easily detecting the surrounding environment – ultimately facilitating the use of autonomous robots in everyday life, as well as the automation of various other machinery and equipment.

The new module also has 3D capabilities; it can measure the distance of people and objects across a wide range in real time, at a distance of 0.5 to 4.0 m.

The unit employs Omron’s Time of Flight sensor detection principle while utilising original optical design technology. This enables stable detection under sunlight and more precise detection of distance from objects in various scenes.

Additionally, built-in temperature compensation makes it easier to mount the module on autonomous robots and other equipment.

The B5L Series is designed not only for robots, but also for secure detection in applications where there is movement of people across a wide area -- such as in caregiver monitoring. Specific uses include AMR/service robots, logistics and conveyance, monitoring and observation and automatic doors/elevators.

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