Distance sensor sets precision standard


With the launch of its next-generation DT80 distance sensor, SICK has revised the standard for measurement precision in countless industrial applications with a compact and robust device.  Equipped with high-performance time-of-flight measurement technology, the SICK DT80 1D laser distance sensor achieves unparalleled accuracy of +/- 2mm with a resolution of 0.1mm at ranges up to 80m. 

The SICK DT80 laser distance sensor uses a class 2 eye-safe laser to detect, measure and position on natural targets with no reflector. SICK has developed the DT80 with simple commissioning and versatile integration in mind, fitting even the tightest of spaces in both mobile and stationary machinery. With a robust metal housing, the DT80 delivers resilient performance despite challenging environmental conditions.

“SICK’s development programme for the DT80 laser distance sensor has perfected our time-of-flight measurement technology and raised the bar in this class of mid- to long-range distance sensing,” explained Nick Hartley, SICK’s UK Market Product Manager for distance measurement. When engineers can trust the DT80’s repeatable performance, their mobile transport vehicles can operate without interruption or adjustments. Accurate measurement is equally critical in diverse machine operations to ensure product and process quality.”

The DT80 will accurately detect an object that has up to 90% remission at a distance of 80m. For objects with extremely dark surfaces and only 6% remission, it still achieves a range of 14m. The SICK DT80 can be configured in a variety of combinations of distance and remission. 

The DT80’s IO-Link connectivity enables data to be transferred and exchanged between sensors, actuators and OT control systems. Using an IO-Link-Master with OPC UA, data from the DT80 can be exported into on-premise and cloud-based analytics and remote diagnostics software, e.g. for condition monitoring.



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