High-Precision Non Contact Laser For Diffuse And Specular Gauging Applications

New AMETEK Solartron Metrology Orbit LTH networks with up to 150 other devices through Orbit 3 system

by Sophie Mills | Friday 1 August 2014

A non-contact laser for fast, high-performance gauging has been introduced by AMETEK Solartron Metrology (www.solartronmetrology.com). The new Orbit® LTH laser triangulation unit delivers 0.02 F.S. (full scale) reading over 2 or 10 mm measurement ranges. This yields accuracy up to .05 µm with the 2 mm stroke. The laser can be networked with as many as 150 different sensors by connecting to Solartron’s Orbit 3 digital measurement system.

Applications include high-volume gauging for quality control of metal and plastic products that could be damaged by contact measurement instruments.

The sensor’s auto-gain circuitry adjusts power based on feedback from the material, providing better readings on difficult surfaces. It can switch between diffuse and specular modes to measure reflective and non-reflective materials. A bridging function can be programmed to account for drop-offs in materials with gaps or holes. Multiple outputs are available, including USB, Ethernet, TCP, RS232 and Modbus.

Applications include:

• Electronics (hard disk drives, product casings)
• Plastics
• Automotive (engine & transmission parts)
• Aerospace (turbine blades, castings)
• Medical devices
• Motors (flywheels, shafts)
• Industrial automation
• Appliance manufacturing
• Metalworking
• Tyre manufacturing and wear checking

Solartron Metrology is a world leader in design and manufacture of precision digital and analogue dimensional LVDT gauging probes, displacement sensors, optical linear encoders and associated instrumentation. It is a unit of AMETEK, Inc., a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices with annual sales of more than US$3.3 billion.


Sophie Mills
Solartron Metrology
+44 (0) 1243 833407

Friday 1 August 2014 / file under Medical | Engineering | Electronics | Education | Automotive | Aerospace