New radar sensor enables micrometre-precise distance measurement – even in the harshest environments

11 January 2022

OndoSense apex is the fastest and most accurate distance radar with the widest  measuring range. © OndoSense
OndoSense apex is the fastest and most accurate distance radar with the widest measuring range. © OndoSense

With 0.1 to 50 metres widest measuring range & lowest blind range, new apex radar sensor is ultra-precise, reliable & fast – even in industrial applications that must deal with dirt, smoke, oil mist, and so on. Proven interfaces include: IO-Link; 4-20 mA; switching outputs; RS485.

German tech startup, OndoSense has launched an ultra-precise radar sensor for distance measurement, which reliably measures even in the most difficult industrial environments with dirt, smoke, oil mist or adverse light at all times. With a measurement accuracy of up to one micrometre and a measuring frequency of 300 Hertz, the OndoSense apex is not only the most precise and fastest distance radar on the market, but with 0.1 to 50 metres, it also offers the widest measuring range as well as the lowest blind range of comparable distance radars. Thanks to IO-Link, RS485, an analogue current interface (4–20 mA) and three digital switching outputs (PNP/NPN), customers benefit from high-performance industrial interfaces for data transmission to the machine control (PLC).

The application spectrum of the OndoSense apex radar sensor ranges from simple distance measurements, complex dimension measurements, presence control and positioning of hidden objects (for instance, behind packaging or plastic plates) to the precise positioning of machines in several dimensions and the detection of obstacles to collision avoidance.

Our customers in the steel, mechanical engineering and chemical industries are enthusiastic about the extreme precision, speed and wide measuring range of the OndoSense apex. They also appreciate the high usability, the numerous configuration features and the wide range of applications of our distance radar. This great success is the result of the fantastic work of the entire OndoSense team, of which I am very proud," explains Dr Mathias Klenner, CEO & co-founder of OndoSense.

Narrow opening angle for focused measurements

The extremely narrow opening angle of the radar lens of only 4 degrees for radar sensors ensures reliable measurements with an extremely small measuring spot.

Many providers of radar sensors are trying to narrow down the opening angle on the software side. The extensive tests of our radar experts show that this path significantly reduces the accuracy, speed and reliability of the measurement. Our customised lens meets the desire of many customers for focused measurements with a small opening angle and a maximum of precision and measuring frequency. If necessary, a sensor variant with a very wide opening angle is also available — for instance, for applications in collision avoidance," explains Dr Axel Hülsmann, CTO & co-founder of OndoSense.

User-friendly configuration with “Peak-Selection” feature

The browser-based configuration software of the radar sensor impresses with an intuitive, user-friendly user interface and numerous features that make it very easy to commission the sensor. For example, the reflections (peaks) of the radar signal can be visualised in the software. Smart “peak selection” algorithms can simply select the desired target object with a mouse click and hide other targets. The peaks can be sorted by signal strength or distance. In addition, dynamic thresholds or linear thresholds can be defined.

Reliable measurement results — even for dirt, smoke, oil mist or adverse light

Thanks to robust, insensitive radar technology and smart radar algorithms, the OndoSense apex offers high-precision, reliable measurement results — even for dirt, smoke, steam, rain, snow, heat, low light conditions, light flashes or rough surfaces. With its dustproof, jet water-proof housing (IP 67/IP 69K) and resistant PTFE lens, the robust distance radar is the ideal choice for challenging production environments. For extreme conditions, the heavy duty housing via water cooling and compressed air supply offers maximum protection against heat or dirt. The OndoSense apex distance radar achieves reliable measurement results at all times.

Thanks to robust radar technology, a dust-proof, jet water-proof housing (IP 67/IP  69K) and a resistant PTFE lens, the OndoSense apex measures absolutely reliably even in  adverse conditions. © OndoSense
Thanks to robust radar technology, a dust-proof, jet water-proof housing (IP 67/IP 69K) and a resistant PTFE lens, the OndoSense apex measures absolutely reliably even in adverse conditions. © OndoSense

With its unmatched precision and speed as well as its wide measuring range, the OndoSense apex Distance Radar offers a wide range of applications in sectors such as the metal industry, mechanical engineering, agriculture, the food industry, the oil & gas industry, the chemical & pharmaceutical industry or the energy sector.

OndoSense apex – at a glance:

•    Ultra-precise, reliable & fast distance measurement — even for dirt, smoke, oil mist, and so on.

•    With 0.1 to 50 metres widest measuring range & lowest blind range

•    Proven interfaces: IO-Link, 4-20 mA, switching outputs, RS485

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OndoSense_apex_presence_detection_objects_in_boxes

•    Distance & dimensional measurement, presence control, collision avoidance

Industry focus:

Steel and metal industry, mechanical and plant engineering, agriculture, oil and gas industry, chemicals & pharmaceuticals, automotive industry, food industry, energy sector

Product video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vytX41ytGoc

More product info: https://ondosense.com/distanceradar

OndoSense apex enables high-precision inline dimension measurement for reduced  production costs in the metal industry. © OndoSense
OndoSense apex enables high-precision inline dimension measurement for reduced production costs in the metal industry. © OndoSense

About OndoSense

OndoSense realises breakthrough sensor technology for a digitised industrial world. With sensor solutions based on high-precision, robust radar technology and smart sensor software, we ensure customers get relevant data for the intelligent control and monitoring of production plants and machines. That way, we are helping to drive digital transformation in the industry. Our micrometre-precise radar sensor technology can be used reliably in a wide range of applications – even in challenging environments with dust, steam, smoke, fire or noise. OndoSense sensors are "Industry 4.0 or IOT-ready" and can be operated via our OndoNet sensor software both in stand-alone mode and as an intelligent sensor network. OndoSense was founded in 2018 by two radar experts from the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics IAF.

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