Balluff is launching the BFS 33M true colour sensor. According to the company, even the slightest shades, smallest grey level differences or minimal changes to the surface properties are detected. It precisely detects an object and switches the corresponding output very fast. Up to seven objects can be signalled on the switching outputs in this way. In addition the L*a*b colour values can also be directly output on a serial interface. Special compensation and individualized calibration means the sensor achieves high accuracy over a long period.
The BFS 33M is more than a simple colour sensor. As a true colour sensor it precisely detects every colour in the technical colour space, making it useful in a variety of demanding applications including robotics, automated assembly, and in the packaging industry or wood processing industry. The rugged aluminium sensor housing meets the special needs of machine and systems builders. The sensor is always used in conjunction with a fibre optic cable, so that applications under especially harsh conditions and tight mounting spaces can be handled.
Together with an optional lens from Balluff, even ranges of up to 400mm and beyond are easily within reach. Metal parts in finishing processes can be monitored, or various material qualities selected. The high switching frequency of 1.5kHz makes it possible to monitor fast processes, such as in the printing industry. All the sensor settings can be conveniently made and displayed using user-friendly software. This means the sensor will not only be up and running in no time, but the user will also always know its status. The BFS 33 can be used for automated quality control in running processes.
For more information about the BFS 33M true colour sensor go to www.balluff.co.uk.