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A novel edge sensor for web guiding
Author(s): Aravind Seshadri; Anil Abbaraju; Prabhakar R. Pagilla
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Paper Abstract

Existing edge sensors use the concept of blocking/unblocking for measuring web lateral position. The most commonly used sensors employ either ultrasonic or infrared signals to detect the web edge position by measuring the amount of signal attenuation due to blocking/unblocking of the signal. The main drawback of this sensing method is nonuniform signal attenuation due to web material variations and opacity. The research in this paper develops a new sensor which utilizes the phenomena of light scattering from the web edge and the directional sensitivity of optical fibers. A collimated laser beam is incident on the web edge and scattered light is collected by a linear array of fibers spatially positioned above the web edge. The theory of operation and the development of the sensor is described. Experiments are conducted with different web materials to validate the proposed sensing method. A representative sample of the results are presented and discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 April 2006
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6174, Smart Structures and Materials 2006: Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems, 61743V (11 April 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.659092
Show Author Affiliations
Aravind Seshadri, Oklahoma State Univ. (United States)
Anil Abbaraju, Oklahoma State Univ. (United States)
Prabhakar R. Pagilla, Oklahoma State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6174:
Smart Structures and Materials 2006: Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems
Masayoshi Tomizuka; Chung-Bang Yun; Victor Giurgiutiu, Editor(s)

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