3D Sensor Technology for Industrial Markets and Applications

ams is making its industry-leading mobile 3D sensor technology, IP and technology expertise available to the industrial market paving the way for Industry 5.0, where machines and humans directly interact, using 3D technology based on all three forms:
 

Learn more about how our 3D sensor technology is helping to shape new industrial markets and applications, including: access control; autonomous robots for the home and industrial use; secure and touchless 3D authentication at e-payment point-of-service; drone implementation, volume scanning, Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR) and industry  automation. ams provides complete solutions for 3D sensing along with highly integrated miniature 1D ToF modules which enable high speed precision distance measurements.

Machine Vision

Machine vision applications which require the highest resolution and image quality were once the preserve of proven CCD image sensor technology.

 

More recently, advances in CMOS image sensor design and fabrication have brought these devices’ image quality up to a similar standard to that of CCD image sensors, while offering important advantages that CCD technology cannot: low power consumption, integration of digital functions and high data rates.

 

By advancing our state of the art CMOS image sensing, ams is able to offer unprecedented levels of performance and quality, leading to an ever wider adoption of CMOS technology in machine vision systems.

Industrial and Security X-ray

The technology of X-ray scanning is most closely associated in most people’s minds with medical examinations. In fact, X-ray imaging also plays a vital role in other everyday activities.

For instance, X-ray machines are used to scan luggage at the airport. Both hand luggage and checked-in baggage destined for the hold are scanned to detect potentially dangerous objects. Another application is the detection of harmful objects on the production line in factories producing goods such as pharmaceuticals or food. X-ray imaging is also used in quality assurance for precise mechanical operations such as welding or PCB assembly, and in automotive non-destructive testing.

ams signal-chain technology and products are ideal for any of these applications. Our technology enables the acquisition of high resolution images at high scanning speed while minimizing power consumption. Customers use ams’ products in X-ray imaging solutions which detect potentially harmful objects more reliably and precisely while increasing throughput. For the end user, this results in more effective performance at lower cost.

Industrial Robotics

Industrial robotics can replace or augment human activity to perform dangerous or repetitive tasks allowing for greater flexibility and accuracy. In the future, robots will not only take over more tedious tasks, they will have the ability to interact with humans. Smart robots have the capability to scan the surroundings, avoid collisions, recognize and even identify humans. The motor drives perform smoothly and precisely, with the robot system requiring less power, resulting in longer battery life. Engineers are focused on designing intelligent robots that can help and assist humans in day-to-day activities, improving productivity, product quality and worker safety.

The market opportunity for smart robots spans from goods and packing robots in production lines (e.g. automotive manufacturers) to automated guided vehicles in warehouses and beyond controlled environments (e.g. goods delivery robots).

ams' sensor and illumination solutions are the best choice to increase the performance and precision of robots making them smarter. Our wide portfolio of sensors includes accurate yet compact time-of-flight distance measurement sensors, 3D-imaging sensors (path scanning sensors, human face recognition, object avoidance) and position sensors (motor drive and joint position sensing).