Fiber Optic Sensor detects true colors in workpieces.

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Utilizing 10 mm wide amplifier with White LED, Model E3X-DAC measures changes in RGB parameters and processes them as ratio, so they are unaffected by light-intensity variations. One-touch teaching facilitates setup in registering colors, while smart functions optimize positioning of target objects for detection. Sensor includes timer function with variable ON or OFF delay up to 5 s, and response time of 60 µs, making it suitable for detecting registration marks on packaging.

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Omron's Slim Fiber-Optic Sensor E3X-DAC Delivers True Color Detection of Marks and Workpieces, Eliminating Separate Amplifiers for Each Color

SCHAUMBURG, IL (January 28, 2008)--Omron Electronics ( introduces a one-of-a-kind White LED fiber-optic sensor for detecting true colors in marks and workpieces. Measurements are independent of the light intensity and any sensing distance variations caused by vibration. The slim, 10mm wide amplifier unit processes color detection through a technologically advanced RGB light-receiving element. The use of a single White LED and one-package light-receiving element unifies the amplifier in both size and operation, thus lowering cost compared to conventional three-LED amplifiers. One-touch teaching simplifies setup in registering colors and smart functions optimize positioning of target objects for detection. A wide range of Omron E32-Series sensing heads can be combined with the amplifier to match application requirements. Amplifiers capable of detecting two different colors simultaneously provide agility for flexible manufacturing.

The E3X-DAC measures changes in the three parameters (RGB) and processes them as a ratio, so they are not affected by light-intensity variations due to workpiece movement. The fast, 60- microsecond response time makes Omron's E3X-DAC ideal for detecting registration marks on packaging. All models feature a timer function with variable ON or OFF delay up to 5 s. The dual display allows users to view both the RGB ratio and RGB intensity at the same time. The E3X-DAS also provides remote teaching input function and a function lock that prevents sensor tampering.

The new sensor is ideal for high-speed packaging and sorting operations; electronics packaging, including small parts and fine wires; as well as pharmaceutical applications such as pill counting.

The Omron E3X-DAC sensor is currently available from stock at a cost of $220. Sensors featuring dual output and remote setting are slightly more. E32-Series Fiber-optic cables are available in a wide variety of sensing heads; prices vary by model.

For further information, contact: Omron Electronics LLC, 1 Commerce Drive, Schaumburg, IL 60173. Tel.: 1-866-45-OMRON. Fax: 847-843-8081. Internet:

Omron Electronics LLC is a leading manufacturer and provider of industrial automation products and solutions. Offering complete automation connectivity, extensive product groups include machine vision systems, programmable controllers, sensors, operator interfaces, RFID systems, timers, counters, servo motors and drives, and software. Omron also provides data collection, inspection systems, motion systems and automation systems services and products. Omron Electronics LLC is the Americas automation subsidiary of Omron Corporation, a $6.3 billion global leading supplier of reliable, advanced electronics and control system components and services.

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