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5 Things to Look for When Comparing LIDAR Scanners

Posted by Patricia Stafford on Tue, May 31, 2016

This LIDAR image was recorded with the Pepperl+Fuchs R2000 LIDAR scanner. The R2000 was mounted vertically on a rail car. From there, the sensor recorded slices of its surroundings and translated the information into distance and reflectivity values. The 3-D point cloud was then processed by a powerful computer program that put together the image based on the distance and reflectivity data. Since the R2000 has a 360° field of view, it created a full view of the street.

LIDAR Scanner R2000

Why focus on LIDAR scanners?

Light detection and ranging (LIDAR) scanners are everywhere in industry. From basic factory automation tasks like order picking, height monitoring, and level inspection to safety and security functions like collision avoidance and entry / exit monitoring, these laser scanners have seen it all.

What makes a LIDAR scanner outstanding?

Five qualities that differentiate an average LIDAR scanner from those of top-notch quality include:

  1. High angular resolution – The higher the resolution, the better able the laser scanner is to detect the fine details. This allows for detection of the smallest objects.
  2. Large detection range – A laser scanner that covers a larger area obviously broadens your horizons as far as how much you are able to scan.
  3. Large field of view with no gaps – A 360° field of view, for example, provides unrestricted scanning access throughout the entire application environment.
  4. Small, concentrated light spot – A smaller light spot gives you more clarity, focus, and increased precision, making it easier to visually see the results.
  5. Low scanner wobble – A LIDAR scanner with low or negligible wobble makes the plane of light created both incredibly stable and razor-sharp. This allows you to sense objects in tight spaces or just above the surface of a large object.
R2000 UHD Device
An R2000 UHD device enables a Dataspeed Mobility Base robot to see in all directions.
Other factors that play a part in enhancing the overall LIDAR scanner experience include measurement accuracy and precision, ease of installation and operation, intuitive, user-friendly configuration software, degree of protection against water or dust ingress (for example, IP67), and size of the temperature range.
To see the R2000 laser scanner in action, watch the video:
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Topics: Laser Sensors

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