Sensors & Transducers


Radar sensor for vehicle applications

August 2019 Sensors & Transducers

The new Q130R radar sensor is configured using free software that allows easy setup, including defining the sensing distance, sensitivity and output configuration. Because of the wide field of view and long range of radar sensors, setup and verification can be challenging. However, the graphical user interface of the Q130R allows users to adjust settings and replicate them across multiple devices, which speeds up commissioning, saves costs, and reduces false triggers due to faulty setup.

The Q130R radar sensor uses frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW) technology to detect moving and stationary targets including cranes, cars, trains, aeroplanes, trucks and cargo in extreme and unpredictable weather conditions. Sensing function is unaffected by wind, rain, snow, fog, sunlight, humidity, shock and vibrations, in temperatures ranging from -40 to 65°C. In addition, the rugged IP67 housing is built for dependable, long term operation in these harsh environments.

More reliable and cost-effective than competing technologies

Other technologies for collision avoidance and vehicle detection include ultrasonic sensors and laser scanners (LiDAR). However, outdoor conditions such as sun, rain, snow, fog, dust, and vibrations affect the reliability of these technologies and can lead to false triggers and premature failure. In addition, laser scanners are expensive and require technical training to install, program, and maintain-further increasing the lifetime cost.

In contrast, the Q130R radar sensor is not only unaffected by ambient weather conditions, it is also easier to commission and maintain, saving time and costs both upfront and long term.

With half the dead zone as previous US radar products, the Q130R can detect targets closer to the sensor with the same reliable performance to solve a greater variety of applications. Note that the actual dead zone will vary depending on target reflectivity and whether the target is moving or stationary.

Applications

The Q130R radar sensor is an ideal solution for a wide variety of vehicle detection and collision avoidance applications, including:

• Vehicle detection for cars, trucks cranes, trains, aeroplanes and cargo.

• Single-zone collision avoidance for mobile equipment including mining vehicles, forklifts, stackers, and cranes.

• Loading dock monitoring and vehicle counting.

• Parking, entry/exit, and drive thru vehicle detection.

For more information contact Brandon Topham, Turck Banner, +27 11 453 2468, brandon.topham@turckbanner.co.za, www.turckbanner.co.za



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