3D LiDAR Multi-Layer Scanner Launched

Pepperl+Fuchs has launched its new R2300 multi-layer scanner. The sensor for 3D object detection offers high measurement density using high-precision LiDAR laser measurement technology, which analyzes a total of four scan planes and can detect and measure the length, width, and height of objects. A number of innovative design features in the sensor ensure very high detection reliability and availability, even in demanding applications.

The compact and space-saving R2300, has a height of just 58 millimeters and is a 3D LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) sensor for optical angle and distance measurement in stationary and mobile applications. The device uses four slightly offset scan planes, generated by a rotating mirror inside the sensor housing, to perform noncontact 3-D scanning of its surroundings.

Large Measuring Range, Adjustable Monitoring Field, and Unmatched Angular Resolution

The R2300 has a measuring range opening angle of 100°, a large measuring range of up to ten meters on bright objects and up to four meters on dark surfaces, a measuring rate of 50 kHz, and selectable scan rates of 12.5 Hz and 25 Hz with up to 4000 pixels per scan. These features enable the multi-layer scanner to cover the most important requirements of a wide range of applications. In addition, the monitoring field can be customized either by selectively hiding areas outside of the detection field or by installing a second R2300 alongside the first device, thus increasing the field of view to 180°.

A distinguishing feature of 3D sensors is the angular resolution of 0.1°, which the company claims no comparable LiDAR or multi-layer sensor can currently achieve. In combination with the precise infrared light spot typical of lasers, the R2300 is able to reliably detect intricate object structures and contours.

Possible applications of the R2300 including intralogistics, mobile equipment, and robotics meant that the multi-layer scanner required an especially rugged design. The Pulse Ranging Technology (PRT) in the R2300 ensures not only a high degree of independence from object and surface properties, but also a high level of resistance to interference from extraneous light, HF lamps, and optical reflections from the application environment. Another unique feature of the R2300 in the multi-layer scanner market is the mechanical separation of the emitter and receiver within the optical unit. The separating element in the sensor head reliably prevents optical short circuits that can occur if the front panel is dirty and part of the emitted light is directly reflected back onto the receiver element ensuring that the R2300 always provides correct measurement results and a high level of detection reliability, while at the same time significantly reducing maintenance costs.

The integrated E2300 pilot laser simplifies the process of aligning the sensor with surfaces and specific targets during commissioning. It is switched on for alignment and is active only during commissioning. No other tools are required because the visible, red laser beam follows the same path as the actual infrared measuring laser. The R2300 outputs the data for angle, distance, and reflectivity with the associated timestamp. The data is transmitted via an Ethernet interface.

For more information: www.pepperl-fuchs.com