Right now, sensors are like what electric guitars were in the 1960s: hot ticket items. Everyone in the 60s wanted to play guitar like their favorite music groups, or at least carry the case around so people would think they knew how to play and were in some soon-to-be famous group. Today, with emerging technologies such as the Internet of things (IoT), wearable electronics, home and industrial automation, and others, everyone wants to be onboard with sensors. And with that, there is no shortage of new sensors being developed by established OEMs as well as a flurry of new startups getting into the game.
Recently, Munich-based sensor startup KONUX unveiled its line of optoelectronic torque sensors. According to the newcomer, these optoelectronic sensors set higher standards of precision and robustness, which will result in faster production and maximum asset utilization.
Apparently the new torque sensors target the robotics market. KONUX claims that, in the arena of collaborative robots, its torque sensors ensure safer and more effective human-machine-collaboration.
The recently release component generate less than 1 µV of noise even in the low torque range. They exhibit a two-digit microsecond response time, making them viable for use in real-time class 3 control processes. Additional features include the ability to intelligently self-calibrate and measure with an accuracy up to 0.01% and contactless measurement, making the sensors insensitive to vibration and resistant to wear.
In addition to torque, the company’s patented contactless optoelectronic measuring technology can be applied to other mechanical and geometric apps including pressure, angle, and force. According to KONUX Chief Technology Officer Vlad Lata, “We are already developing sensors which meet the high demands of Industry 4.0. EtherCat and ZigBee are common practices at KONUX. As a young company we profit from the fact that we don’t have to change existing systems. Right from the start, we manufacture the products our clients need in order to tackle the upcoming challenges in manufacturing.”
According to the company, all of its products are optimized for use with BLE, Ethernet, and industrial Wi-Fi to enable faster and more efficient production processes as well as autonomous machine-to-machine communication. For more details, visit http://www.konux.de/en/products/torque-sensor
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