The SMARTEYEÂ® ColorWiseTM is a true color sensor
that can detect color-to-color differences and slight shade-to-shade intensity
differences as well. The sensor features include four digital channel
outputs, three 0-5V dc analog outputs, four-Channel Monitor for At-A-Glance
visual verification, and either six foot 14-wire cable or six inch pigtail with
14-Pin ÂĽ turn locking connector. It can be used to sort products by color,
to inspect and verify quality of color, and to verify proper mix of chemicals
for color manufacturing...as in paints, dies, and food products. This unique
sensor can be used to replace expensive color cameras and color spectrometers. The
SMARTEYEÂ® ColorWiseTM solves many color
applications for far less dollars than a human resource, color camera, similar
color sensor, or color spectrometer...at higher speeds, and with just as much
accuracy as these higher priced devices. The sensor was developed with the
engineer in mind...providing many ways to tailor the sensor to the application
solution. One can tweak the tolerance, light intensity, speed of
response, and timers to get just the right mix of features to solve even the
toughest color problems. With automobile, packaging, and plastic
manufactures using colorful designs, we provided an excellent solution in one
nice package. The SMARTEYEÂ® ColorWiseTM
enables the user to change outputs from NPN to PNP by a menu selection.
This feature allows the customer the ability to interface the sensor with many
different control devices. Also, having the Light Intensity adjustment
removes glare from the equation, which is a big issue with color sensing, and
as a secondary benefit, this feature can extend the life of the LED light
source. Being able to change the sensor from High Resolution to High
Speed provides the best performance for whatever is more important in the
application ... speed, or fine levels of color detection.
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