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Lumber Defect Detection System with 3D Sensor
June 19, 2014 | 3:35 pm CDT

AikenControls’ new nDepth 3D Sensor is a lumber defect detection system. nDepth provides advanced 3D color and depth measurement in a single low-cost package, says the company. The inspection process for detecting wane, missing parts, holes and other types of defects is improved by nDepths’s ability to scan lumber regardless of color not only for 3D shape but by depth as well, adds AikenControls. The system is simple to configure, says the company, and connects directly to most existing systems and PLCs. It features a high resolution SOC imager with active infrared technology, a full embedded image processing system and industrial communications framework. The color sensor has a maximum resolution of 1280x1024; the depth sensor is 640x480 interpolated (320x240 native); and the correlated depth/color is640x480 interpolated. By combining the functional elements of color and depth imaging with advanced processing the nDepth sensor offers a solution for automation tasks like detecting defects in lumber, says AikenControls, and the system is compatible with Allen Bradley, Siemens, Beckhoff and General PLCs.

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