Santa Clara, Calif.-based Coherent Inc. is introducing a line of laser-based line generators, R&D Magazine reports. The StingRay diodes, as the line is named, are designed to increase functionality and customer flexibility in 3-D triangulation operations.
The StingRay series diodes use “high-performance electronics and precision, refractive optics for collimation and line generation covering a wide range of fan angles.” They are constructed with line intensity non-uniformity down to +/- 5 percent, which improves measurement movement and accuracy, reducing operating times. Additionally, the StingRay diodes allow user-compatible functions to easy external monitoring, such as a guided focus and optimization for the optics and aim as well as an internal health sensor that alerts the user to the diode’s end-of-life, assisting with replacement planning.
Machine vision systems like the StingRay are important for machine shops that look to increase efficiency and become more competitive, as Modern Machine Shop explains. With proper calibration and maintenance, machine vision can cut costs and turn-around times.