When sheet metal is formed in a continuous process it needs monitoring during the actual feed prior to machining or forming to prevent defects and scrap. One way to accomplish this is to use a laser sensor to measure the thickness.
A major electrical equipment manufacturer needed a way to monitor the incoming material just prior to shearing and forming. The device needed to be robust, non-contact, reliable, accurate, and fast. The client would be using their data acquisition system and needed something that was easy to connect and configure.
The Microtrak™ 3 is a Dual Output – Analog (0-10V) and Digital (RS-485 and USB) sensor that offers a variety of configuration options. Easily coupled with the clients DA system it was configured in no time. Implementation was not only quick but completed with minimal disruption to the operation.
A pair of LTS-120-20 lasers to measure the thickness coupled to their sigPOD 1302 compact 2-channel monitor provided the solution. A small fixture was mounted to the roller frame to hold the sensors in place. Preventing deviations before they occur provided a winning combination.