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3D camera captures process detail in real-time

October 2015 Sensors & Transducers

Using PMD technology, the new 3D camera from ifm electronic sees at a glance, various scenes and objects in spatial dimensions. The heart of this device is a new image chip with 23 000 receiving elements. Output is via a grey-scale value and distance image, while evaluation is possible using common libraries.

In contrast to laser scanners which only have one receiving element, the image chip of the new O3D type device features 23 000 pixels. Therefore, the 3D camera has no moving parts, making it wear-free and robust. The intuitive parameter setting software allows easy and quick setting of the camera-specific parameters. Connection to Matlab, Halcon, PCL and ROS is possible.

As each individual pixel measures the distance, it is, for example, possible to precisely size and position cases, parcels and pallets. Moreover, the device facilitates automatic loading and unloading of containers, storage room optimisation, collision avoidance, navigation of driverless transport systems, as well as counting people and room monitoring. Even trunk measurement in a saw mill poses no problem. There is a wide selection of applications for different industries.

For more information contact ifm electronic SA, 086 143 6772, info.za@ifm.com, www.ifm.com/za



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