Increasing networking in factory and plant automation requires the immediate availability of all relevant operating information. Here, intelligent networking of development, production and logistics is a central challenge. Smart sensors from Micro-Epsilon ensure the optimal integration and networking of machines and processes due to their versatile industry interfaces and evaluation algorithms. Thanks to their high precision, the sensors often replace switches in order to react to events more quickly and accurately.

Automotive: test bench and production control

For many years, Micro-Epsilon has been a partner to the automotive industry and its suppliers. Whether in the test bench, in production monitoring or in plant construction – Micro-Epsilon sensors ensure precise and reliable measurements in numerous applications. Globally organized, Micro-Epsilon provides efficient collaboration with the global automotive industry.

Glass production

Products such as container glass, flat glass or special glasses require tight manufacturing tolerances while maintaining the shortest possible production cycles. Due to the high degree of integration as well as the high accuracy and measurement speed, sensors from Micro-Epsilon are often used in the glass industry: robust inductive sensors are integrated into machines in order to detect machine movements while optical sensors monitor the glass products in processing lines. Typical measured parameters include displacement, position, thickness, color and temperature.

Metal production and processing

Intelligent sensors are required in production, processing, conveyance and storage of metallic materials. There, sensors enable efficient and safe production and later failure-free processing. Micro-Epsilon has expertise and know-how in a wide range of applications: in the positioning of cranes, machine parts and materials, in the monitoring of the thickness of metal strips and slabs to the profile measurement of pressed moldings.

Paint inspection

The monitoring of painted objects is becoming increasingly important in the context of high quality requirements. Defect detection directly after the painting process as well as color measurement and color comparison at the incoming goods inspection are frequent measuring tasks, where high precision and repeatability are required.

Medical technology

In medical technology, high standards apply with regard to quality, repeatability and compliance with narrow tolerances. These also apply for medical devices and apparatus construction, plant automation, the manufacture of medical technology products and the development and production of pharmaceuticals.
Thanks to high accuracy, integrability and the wide variety of models, sensors from Micro-Epsilon are used in versatile measurement tasks.

Plastics production and processing

Micro-Epsilon offers a wide range of sensors and solutions for non-contact measurement of plastics production. Dimensions, thickness, temperature, colors and embossing patterns in roll or sheet form can be reliably measured in a wide range of process steps from extrusion via molding to further processing.

Sensor system for precise thickness measurements

thicknessGAUGE sensor systems are used for precise thickness measurements of strip materials, plates and sheets up to 25 mm. Several models with different sensor types, measuring ranges and measuring widths enable inline thickness measurements of different materials and surfaces based on an unmatched price/performance ratio. This fully assembled system comprises a stable frame on which two optical distance sensors are fixed, which detect the thickness of the measuring object according to the difference principle. The sensors are perfectly aligned to each other during the assembly. Furthermore, thickness calibration at the factory enables high precision thickness measurements. A linear axis moves the sensor system from the parking position to the measuring position. A measurement standard for fully automatic calibration is in the parking position.

Thickness measurement with high precision

thicknessGAUGE sensor systems are used in industrial environments for precise thickness measurements of strip and plate materials. A linear unit with electromechanical drive enables thickness measurements in traversing mode. Alternatively, fixed track measurements are possible for center-line measurements (center thickness) or for thickness measurements on the edges.

Powerful analysis and control software

  • Multi-touch user interface
  • Article database
  • Production archive
  • Statistical evaluations
  • Limit value monitoring with return back to production (optional fieldbus interfaces)
  • Verification of gauge/test equipment capability
  • Automatic calibration & temperature compensation

    thicknessGAUGE systems are equipped with in-situ calibration in order to compensate, e.g., for the effects of fluctuating temperatures. The calibration cycles are individually adjustable. In addition to temperature compensation, in-situ calibration enables proper functioning of the system to be verified cyclically and at any time.

    100 % quality control during production

    The thicknessGAUGE sensor systems are used in strip processes and plate production in order to measure the thickness continuously. Based on high precision and equipped with intelligent sensor technology, these sensor systems are used in various industries.

    Thickness measurement of film, plastic plates, woven materials, wood and ceramics

    Thickness measurement of fuel cells and battery film (coated and uncoated)

    Thickness measurement of metal film, metal strips and metal plates

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