Micro-Epsilon has developed an extremely compact and lightweight laser profile scanner. The scanCONTROL 2600/2900 optoelectronic sensor with integrated controller is protected by a 380 g aluminium housing. Although the sensor is as small as a packet of cigarettes, it provides a wide range of features: up to 4,000 profiles per second can be transferred to a PC for further processing. The scanCONTROL 2600 measures 640 points per profile and the scanCONTROL 2900 up to 1280 points per profile. The measuring range starts at a distance of 53 mm from the sensor and extends up to 390 mm, depending on the model. The casings for these different measuring ranges have the same dimensions. The following interfaces are available for scanCONTROL 2600/2900: Gigabit Ethernet interface for transferring profiles and a multi-purpose interface, which includes an RS422 connection. At the same time, the digital inputs can be used for synchronising and triggering or as encoder inputs. An additional output unit can be used to provide more output signals. scanCONTROL 2600/2900 is particularly well suited for applications that require a low sensor weight, for example in automotive production, or if sensors are mounted to robot arms.