Vision-Based Sensor offers 360° part rotation recognition.

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Designed as extension of present sensor-based error proofing system, Sharpshooter provides part or feature presence/absence detection and inspection, position detection, plus dimension verification. All configured inspections are compensated for part rotation, and output logic functionality provides ability to link any tool or combination of tools to any output. Solution is capable of infinite part position recognition and uses ConVis v1.2 configuration and emulation software.

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Balluff's New Sharpshooter Vision Based Sensors Provide Advanced Rotational Search & Output Logic

Florence, KY (August 2009): Balluff has introduced a new advanced Sharpshooter vision based sensor with increased functionality and advanced vision sensing capability at a lower price than traditional vision sensors.

The new advanced Sharpshooter adds 360o part rotation recognition, which allows infinite part position recognition. All configured inspections are also compensated for the parts rotation, minimizing the need to tightly fixture parts, while reducing setup costs. The new Sharpshooter's added output logic functionality provides the ability to link any tool or combination of tools to any output. This allows the inspection to be customized to any production situation where simple inspection results are not enough.

The new Sharpshooter uses an updated version of it's free ConVis configuration and emulation software. This new ConVis 1.2 version of software supports all sensors in the Sharpshooter line, and provides added functionality, including DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) for remotely assigning IP addresses and rotatable tool regions for greater tool flexibility and use.

Balluff's new advanced Sharpshooter adds 360o part rotation recognition, which allows infinite part position recognition.

In most production error proofing situations, vision sensors or vision systems can be major overkill - too expensive, too much functionality, and just too complex. Because Sharpshooter can be configured and used like a smart sensor, it is much easier to setup and use than these other complex vision solutions, and yet it provides far more functionality than any discrete sensor array. Sharpshooter is the first vision-based sensor designed to be an extension of your present sensor-based error proofing system. It provides reliable part or feature presence/absence and inspection, position detection, plus dimension verification all in one product. This single unit vision-based sensor replaces expensive, cumbersome multi-sensor solutions reliably. Its small size works better for convenient set up and operation with faster return on investment than other more expensive vision sensors or systems. The Sharpshooter is the first vision based sensor you'll adopt and probably the last vision product you'll ever need.

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Balluff Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Balluff GmbH, Neuhausen, Germany, is a leading manufacturer of a wide range of inductive, optical, capacitive and magnetic sensors as well as linear position transducers and ID systems. Balluff products for OEM and factory floor solutions are used to control, regulate, automate, assemble, position, and monitor manufacturing, assembly, and packaging sequences for industries including metalworking, automotive, plastics, material handling, wood processing, aerospace, electrical, and electronics.

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