SICK Develops precision sensor for demanding micron measurements

Developed for ultra-high precision in the micron range, SICK’s innovative and compact OD7000 displacement sensor reliably measures tiny distances in challenging applications cost-effectively. Comprising a separate controller and sensor head that are both extremely compact, the OD7000 is purpose-built to fit into the tightest machine spaces.

The SICK OD7000 is a 1D laser distance sensor that measures differences in height accurately even on challenging materials. Its tiny light spot precisely targets the object and outputs a precise measurement regardless of the colour or surface material and even measures curved surfaces accurately.

The SICK OD7000’s chromatic confocal technology enables highly- precise measurement on a wide range of materials, from black to transparent, diffuse, reflective, and even curved surfaces. The SICK OD7000 can inspect, for example, whether a target object is smooth or is positioned correctly. It can measure holes or check if a material has the desired thickness. Using one sensor head, it can measure up to three very thin layers simultaneously, even if the material is transparent.

It is therefore ideal for diverse measurement duties where micron precision is required, mastering challenging applications in electronics component manufacture or consumer goods packaging. It is likely to find applications in EV battery manufacture, measuring the thickness of glass and films in consumer goods and pharmaceuticals, or multi-ply toilet and tissue papers, for example.