Area Scanner Safety Guard Reference Design

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This design helps you to create an area scanner or safety guard application for automation, using 60-GHz mmWave sensors

With the widespread growth of factory automation, there is a greater need for smarter incident management solutions that can detect the movement of people and objects around heavy machinery while maintaining productivity. Using TI’s 60-GHz mmWave sensors, both presence detection and the ability to gauge the object’s trajectory and speed are enabled. Thus, a system can be created that can dynamically adjust the safety zone’s size depending on the object’s speed of approach, alert before a safety zone is breached while also ignoring objects whose trajectory is not towards the zone.

Area scanner reference design using mmWave sensors

In factory automation and process control, area scanners or safety guards check on machines and equipment to prevent or reduce access to dangerous areas of the machine.

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Here we discuss a reference design that helps you to create an area scanner or safety guard application using TI’s IWR6843, based on 60-GHz mmWave radio-frequency complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (RFCMOS) technology.

The TIDEP-01010 reference design implements an area scanner capable of detection and localization in 3D space. Crucial to applications deployed in industrial facilities, mmWave sensing technology is inherently robust to heat, water, dust, and poor lighting conditions.

Using TI 60-GHz mmWave sensors, presence detection, as well as the ability to gauge the object’s trajectory and speed, enables dynamic adjustment of the safety zone’s size depending on the object’s speed of approach, as well as the ability to predict before a safety zone is breached.

Features

  • Demonstrates environmentally-robust area scanner using TI single-chip mmWave sensor
  • Detection and localization of people and objects across 3D space
  • Using a single device, supports sensing across field of view (FoV) up to 120° and range of 0 m to 10 m
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Applications

• Area Scanner Safety Guard
• Proximity Sensor
• Light Curtain Safety Guard

For more details on the design, click here.

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