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SICK Photoelectric Sensors Phase Out

Due to the increasing demand for photoelectric sensors in industrial environments, SICK constantly strives to update and improve its portfolio of sensors while maintaining its focus on providing customers with the best solution.

To meet the demand, SICK has analysed their existing range of photoelectric sensors and after a long period of continuous availability have decided to phase out older product families. Affected ranges include the W14-2, W18-3, W23-2 and W27-3 product families. Here at Kempston Controls, we will continue to hold the existing range until all stock is sold while also offering the replacement models.

The new W16 and W26 Photoelectric Sensors.

Thanks to new technology, the W16 and W26 photoelectric sensors detect shiny, uneven, perforated and transparent objects more reliably than ever and aren’t affected by unwanted light reflection.
Not only more reliable they are capable of using LED feedback to alert the user to any issues and to allow adjustments within seconds. The Smart Sensors W16 and W26 detect and translate their situation to digital data which in turn can then be communicated via IO link or Bluetooth opening the door to Industry 4.0 and intelligent factories.

Thanks to the Bluetooth interface, it is possible to access the sensor data from any mobile device and enables the user to optimise performance in a few clicks.

Photoelectric SensorsHighlighted Features of W16 and W26 Photoelectric Sensors

Sensor alignment using BluePilot
Thanks to the innovative LED display, BluePilot provides the W16 and W26 with the ability to align sensors and reflectors as well as senders and receivers within seconds.

Detection reliability using innovative technology
The new W16 and W26 photoelectric sensors can detect textured, perforated and even transparent objects without any problem and ensures that shiny and reflective objects no longer present an obstacle for TwinEye technology® or LineSpot and ClearSens technology.

Rugged when used with VISTAL
When used with the rugged housing made of VISTAL®, the photoelectric sensors have a strength comparable to steel meaning they can withstand extreme thermal, chemical or mechanical stress with ease.

Sensor communication using Smart Sensors
The W16 and W26 range support dynamic industry processes and generate and receive data beyond traditional switching signals or measured process parameters.

Easy to exchange and install

To make the move to our improved W16 and W26 sensor families as easy as possible, the new housing design and fixing holes are almost entirely compatible with existing sensors from the previous generation. You can change to the new W26 from the W23/W27 immediately without any additional installation; when changing from the W14/W18 to the W16 product family, an extra easy-to-install adapter is needed to achieve the same distance between the fixing holes.

For more information about the ranges download the SICK Product Brochure.

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To ensure that compatibility issues concerning the new ranges are addressed, please call our Technical Help desk for essential product information and to advise the most suitable upgrade. Our friendly team is reachable via phone: 01933 411411 or through email:

Please bear in mind that Kempston Controls will only be able to supply the original superseded SICK automation and control products until stocks are exhausted, once this occurs, we will supply the latest alternative products in their place.

Kempston Controls is committed to finding you the ideal solution for your application. Call us today on +44 (0) 1933 411 411, email us at, or alternatively contact us here, we will be happy to help.

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