Luminescence sensors are a vital asset to many industries. They empower lumber mills with better wood grade mark detection, pharmaceutical companies with greater tamper-seal placement accuracy, and manufacturing facilities to address unique challenges they face on the line. High-speed and highly accurate, these sensors detect the presence of luminescent materials, such as glue or paint. This process of sensing luminescence automates key verification and detection tasks, enabling manufacturers to boost productivity and support their bottom lines with greater accuracy and speed.
As the smallest and fastest sensor on the market, the UVX luminescence sensor offers a strategic solution to luminescence detection in fast-paced production environments. It features 3 to 6 times the range of any competing luminescence sensor and offers a unique numerical display that lets you see the intensity of each reading. It also offers both auto-teach and manual calibration, helping you not only get it up and running in your facility faster but also enabling you to finely tune it if desired.
This high-quality luminescence sensor is a favored choice for many, but there are three key ways you can optimize your equipment to avoid common challenges and ensure it runs smoothly. Read on to explore the key challenges and the simple solutions you can execute for better luminescence detection.
3 Common Challenges with Sensing Luminescence — And How to Solve Them
Challenge 1: Glare
UVX luminescence sensors operate by emitting a beam of ultraviolet light at your chosen materials and detecting marks on the material. If your chosen materials are very glossy or shiny, it can disrupt the accuracy of the reading. The sensor is sensitive to its own light source, and excessive light reflected back from shiny materials may cause false readings.
Solution: Tilt the Sensor
When pairing the UVX luminescence sensor with a shiny material like metal, the simplest solution to avoiding glare-induced false readings is to tilt the sensor. When you tilt it at an angle so it can’t see the reflected light head-on, it can mitigate the effects of glare and ensure you get more accurate results. The UVX was designed to be used flexibly and tailored to the needs of each user, so you can modify its angle and placement as needed to suit your materials and environment.
Challenge 2: More than One Luminescent Material
If there are multiple luminescent materials in the same field, isolating the correct material with your UVX luminescence detector requires additional work to ensure you detect and verify the correct component. This issue is commonly experienced with luminescence detection on paper, which is naturally luminescent. When trying to gauge the luminescence of glue on the paper, it’s important to factor in the material’s luminescent nature to ensure the most accurate reading.
Solution: Ensure They’re Different Colors
Typically, paper glows blue due to the presence of an optical brightener. To avoid disrupting the readings of your chosen material, make sure the material, such as glue, fluoresces as a different color. This allows you to utilize EMX’s filtered UVX Sensor, the UVX-300G-FGC, to seamlessly isolate the material you’re looking for from any other luminescent components within the field.
Challenge 3: Weak Luminescent Material
Sometimes, UVX users face challenges because the material they’re attempting to read has weak luminescence. This may be because your chosen field requires more luminescent materials or because it is naturally weak, resulting in difficult readings and reduced accuracy. With some competing sensors, getting an accurate reading of weaker luminescent materials may be impossible if they lack the required sensitivity settings. With the UVX, there’s a simple solution you can turn to instead.
Solution: Adjust the Light Sensitivity
The UVX luminescence sensor offers three types of light sensitivity settings and can be tailored to operate with what best suits your environment and chosen material. For weaker materials, you can turn up the sensitivity to enhance the accuracy of your readings. You can also utilize gain adjustments with the UVX to further specify the settings for your chosen material. The UVX’s multiple settings help make the machine work for your unique material, and troubleshooting is made simple with the numerical display and variety of options.
Contact EMX for Tools and Techniques that Empower You When Sensing Luminescence
At EMX, we’re committed to helping our customers address their unique production challenges with high-quality, high-speed solutions. Our UVX luminescence sensors go beyond the competition in their ability to swiftly and seamlessly integrate into production lines and deliver extremely accurate results to a wide range of luminescent materials. Whether you require a solution for wood mark detection, glue detection, or more, this versatile and powerful equipment will help support your bottom line and free your team up from unnecessary manual verification and detection labor.
We’ve designed our luminescence sensors to be flexible in how they can serve you and your unique needs. Should you face any challenges like glare or weak materials preventing you from getting the most accurate results right out of the box, you can easily tailor your sensor to the demands of your material or environment. You can also count on the support of our skilled team to help you troubleshoot any difficulties you encounter.
We offer free sample testing to every customer so you can ensure our sensors are a good fit for your needs before you purchase any, and we can work with you to understand your application and recommend the best solution.
Ready to optimize your process for sensing luminescence with our UVX luminescence sensors? Contact us today to get started.