Florence, Ky.Balluff has developed an optical sensor it is marketing under the brandname Sharpshooter that it says fills the gap between conventional discrete sensors and vision systems.
Sharpshooter combines the flexibility of a vision system and the simplicity of a photoelectric sensor. It uses vision technology to provide more powerful sensing capability. Sharpshooter offers a small profile of 58x52x40-mm, allowing it to be placed virtually anywhere a photoelectric sensor can be mounted.
Sharpshooter makes an effective error proofing inspection tool. It can provide positive verification of product count, part inclusion or identification, product configuration, and label inclusion, plus verification of virtually any specific product feature. It can replace a more complex array of sensors, each typically only checking one aspect of the product. It is also useful when quality control and error proofing functions are necessary on parts or products that are presented in different configurations.
An intuitive Windows-based GUI software uses a step-by-step configuration process to guide the user through the set-up process.
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Balluff Inc., 1-800-543-8390, www.balluff.com