Luminescence sensors are a reliable and efficient choice compared to vision systems when utilized in applications where individual visual assessments must be made.
A wonderful example of this is within the lumber industry. However, this can be deployed successfully in multiple environments including, to name a few examples, road marking, the steel industry, contract and construction work, paper mills, plumbers and electricians, and even artists looking to place invisible placeholders or guides for themselves.
In the case of lumber, the material is graded by an individual and defects are marked in order to be quickly chopped out or removed. A person is in charge of marking those defects, and then a sensor reads the mark, and the machine knows where to make the necessary cut with the saw.
A vision system, however, will encounter difficulties in making accurate detection’s due to patterns in the wood and other natural complexities which don’t match the uniformity you’d found in a processed material.
On the other hand, UV light is very insensitive to everything else that may be going on. A luminescence sensor looking for a UV target on lumber won’t be affected by the knots in the wood, the lightness or darkness of its surroundings, and so forth.
It’s only looking at the UV target, and doesn’t respond to anything else would offer interference. Therefore, UV crayon or chalk readable by a luminescence sensor is an ideal option in such an instance.
Another advantage this provides is that with greater accuracy, the sensor itself can be placed at a farther distance from the machinery. This is beneficial in the harsh environment of a lumber mill and will serve to protect the sensor itself.
The UVX luminescence sensor from EMX Industries is an industry-leading choice for such applications. It efficiently and consistently will detect its UV target, improving all-around results.
It can also be tied into existing programs which, for instance, optimize how and where to make cuts in order to optimize and maximize the output from a flawed piece of lumber.
The UVX is a versatile and feature-rich choice offering a digital display, numerous settings and adjustments for the utmost in fine-tuning capabilities, and much more. There are nine different models to choose from, ensuring that the specifications you’re looking for will be met exactly.
To learn more about the UVX family of luminescence sensors from EMX Inc., and how they can be used in lumber applications and other scenarios, call us at 216.518.9888 today.