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BANNER Engineering, represented in Australia by Micromax , has released the PresencePLUS P4 GEO vision sensor.

It inspects for correct features regardless of product orientation or position in the sensor's field of view. This eliminates expensive and complex mechanical fixturing. It is capable of full 360° inspection.

The P4 GEO offers several features that make it easy to deploy on the factory floor. A remote teach feature allows the sensor to learn new features it will need to inspect for without connecting to a PC or shutting down the line. New inspections are learned in real time, while production is running. The built-in live video image output allows users to view the sensor's inspections in real time and to also view failed inspection images without the use of a PC. The vision sensor can interface with machines and factory networks via its built-in 10/100 Ethernet connection, RS-232 or discrete input/outputs.

The high-throughput feature detection abilities of the PresencePLUS P4 GEO make it suitable for a broad range of applications in the packaging, pharmaceutical, assembly, baking, automotive, metalforming and semiconductor industries. Applications for the P4 GEO include part identification and orientation to eliminate errors by rejecting incorrect parts before they are assembled or packaged. The system can also be used for assembly verification to inspect and error proof the manufacturing process, or for correct label verification at high speed production rates.

The PresencePLUS P4 GEO performs like a vision sensor but facilitates changeover as easily as a standard photoelectric sensor. Now users can apply vision sensing in machines and on manufacturing lines where it was previously impractical. Without the need for fixturing, overall costs are reduced and inspection throughputs are increased. The P4 GEO can inspect up to 6000 parts a minute with typical inspections averaging 1500 parts a minute.

P4 GEOs are available in both in-line and right-angle versions, defined by the location of the lens on the end or side of the sensor housing. Both versions are 66.8mm wide. The in-line model is 136.1mm long while the right angle model is 124.5mm long. Included mounting brackets allow easy location of the P4 GEO sensors on machines or conveyors. The units have three bicolour LED indicators to show unit status during setup and operation. Banner also offers hundreds of specialised lighting and lensing options.

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