Learn how Gocator 3D smart sensors are used in automated harvesting systems to automatically identifying and classifying different crops and individual plants, such as broccoli leaves from broccoli heads.
A calibrated sensor is one that is able to deliver engineering units as output (as verified by a traceable calibration artifact). Without this ability, a sensor is essentially useless to customers who are trying to perform dimensional analysis (metrology).
In Gocator, filters are used to post-process scan data along the X or Y axis to eliminate occlusions; remove noise, outliers, and edge effects; and “clean up” data before it is used by built-in measurement tools.
In many industrial quality control applications, Gocator is mounted onto robotic arms to serve as the 3D vision for inspection or guidance. The results are used to verify part features or accept/reject parts, and this feedback can determine robot motion.
Up until now, single point displacement sensors could only measure the distance of a single laser point to the target object’s surface. However, with Profile Mode added to the Gocator 1300 Series, users can now generate and inspect profiles of scanned parts using a Gocator “smart” displacement sensor.
3D measurement of objects allows users to inspect for correct part dimensions and ensure high-quality finished product. There are two ways that 3D sensors measure a feature: relative and absolute. Gocator 3D smart sensors offer tools that facilitate both types of measurement.