O200 Miniature Photoelectric Sensors- Shiny, Transparent, Deep-Black Object Detection Made Easy

Photoelectric Sensors are found in many industrial installations in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, and they all basically perform the same function, the detection of objects passing through their beams.  The result of the sensors beam being broken could be an alarm if an item is missing or a signal triggering another function of an industrial automation process.

When the application concerns very transparent items or ones that are deep-black in colour and/or feature very irregular surfaces, then you will need to look beyond the average sensor offering.

The Baumer O200 Sensor range is one of the smallest available, but make no mistake, these are very capable sensors! This impressive range of miniature photoelectric sensors have been designed to detect awkward objects with a fast response time and with the highest of precision. Available to purchase from Kempston Controls, they come with a laser or LED output, V point or line beam shapes, thus providing the engineer with a versatile list of options for precise object detection. Whether components are transparent, small, passing by on a fast-moving conveyor, deep-black in colour or irregularly shaped and shiny this range of sensors will have a solution in its ranks.

Unaffected by LED Light & Reflections with Ambient Light Immunity & Reliability

With their innovative light algorithm, these photoelectric sensors ensure maximum detection reliability in any lighting situation, the interfering sources identified by the algorithm are suppressed so a high measurement speed can be maintained.

With 3 sensing solutions for long-term stable detection of transparent objects such as glass or PET bottles, ampoules, foils and trays:

V-optics – ideal for short distances and for the detection of shiny and transparent objects, with background suppression for distances up to 15 mm. Offering maximum luminous efficacy thanks to their V-shaped, extremely narrow LED light beams.

SmartReflect – transparent object detection without a reflector with a pinpoint LED or a laser light source with ranges up to 180 mm. Contamination or changes in the reference surface are not a problem with built-in compensation for a consistent stable application.

Retro-reflective photoelectric sensor with single lens optics – A pinpoint LED or laser light source and a range of up to 4 m. With a transmitting and receiving beam on the same axis providing reliable object detection, built-in compensation for the reflector and an additional mode for the detection of tears in transparent films.

Call us on 01933 411 411 to find out which Baumer O200 Sensor is right for you!

Photoelectric Sensors for any Application

  • Electronics – Extreme ambient light immunity with variants with a fine line beam provide a stable switching signal for irregular objects
  • Robotics – ideal for positioning tasks in grippers, laser beam variants allow for high-precision positioning tasks
  • Assembly & Handling – detection of small, transparent and shiny objects – V-optics provide dependable, reliable detection
  • Lab automation –  ideal for detecting transparent objects such as bottles, foils, ampoules or pipettes
  • Easy detection of glossy black objects – extremely dark and high-gloss objects without any loss of sensing range
  • Shuttle systems – ideal for the fine positioning of transport robots, providing stable detection of workpieces on transport robot systems

Transparent Object Sensors

  • Reliable detection of bottles, trays, ampoules, foils
  • Retro-reflective sensors with single-lens optics for ranges up to 1 m
  • V-optics for ranges up to 15 mm
  • SmartReflect the light barrier without reflector up to 180 mm
  • Short response times <0.25 ms
  • Fixed scanning ranges and adjustable variants

 

Fixed Focus Sensors

  • Diffuse sensors with calibrated sensing distance for simple commissioning
  • Sensing ranges 15, 30, 50 or 80 mm
  • Variants with V-optics for transparent objects

Shiny and Deep-black Object Sensors

  • Additional power reserves thanks to High-Power-Mode
  • Diffuse sensors with background suppression for distances up to 180 mm
  • Light barriers for extra range up to 6 m
  • Diffuse sensor with intensity differences up to 200 mm
  • IO-Link – Industry 4.0 and IIoT ready

 

Laser Sensors

  • Detection of smallest objects down to 0.05 mm thanks to focused laser spot
  • Very precise object positioning up to 0.05 mm accuracy
  • Highest reproducibility thanks to very low jitter < 30 µs
  • Detection through very narrow openings (keyholes) thanks to single-lens optics
  • Precise control of fast processes thanks to response times < 0.05 ms

Line Beam Type Sensors

  • Detection of irregular or perforated objects
  • Retro-reflective sensors with background suppression and ranges up to 120 mm
  • Up to 56 mm long line
  • Laser class 1 or Pinpoint LED
  • Short response times <0.25 ms

 

Light Barriers without Reflector – SmartReflect Sensors

  • Safe and easy referencing on machine parts
  • Sensing range up to 180 mm
  • Insensitive to dirt
  • IO-Link – Industry 4.0 and IIoT ready

Call us, use the Contact form above or email us today to discuss your Baumer O200 Photoelectric Sensor requirements.

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Distance Sensors when Precision Matters – the Panasonic HG-C

The Panasonic HG-C laser distance sensor has versatility built right in, with a repeatability of 10µm and a response time of 1.5ms and a small lightweight construction opening up a range of possibilities for industrial automation. Designed to be both robust and versatile, the Panasonic HG-C Distance Sensors are suitable a wide range of industrial applications including measuring the thickness of a panel, controlling the height of a dispenser head, measuring hoop slack in a process machine, checking for presence of O rings and controlling the height of a robot to name just a few.

Digital and Analogue Switching

This impressive range of distance sensors features both digital switching and analogue outputs, enabling their easy integration into existing installations. These sensors can be used in place of normal switching photoelectric sensors, or utilised as measuring devices in profiling and for measuring the contours of component parts.

Distance Sensor HG-C in action

Easy to set-up, you only need the function keys to configure the sensor and instantly the measured distance will be displayed in millimetres on the built-in four-digit LED display. A range of additional digital inputs are used to trigger the sensor, control the laser power, and to perform zero adjustment.  These sensors not only indicate measured values in millimetres, but they also output analogue voltage and current and this can be used for various calculations and logging when the output is sent to a PLC.

NPN and PNP Versions

This range of distance sensors, offered in 5 x NPN and 5 x PNP output versions, provides measuring ranges from a measurement centre distance of 30 ±5mm to 400 ±200mm.  All models are equipped with a red class 2 semiconductor laser encased in a robust aluminium die-cast housing with a temperature drift of 0.03%. Thanks to their diminutive size (22 x 44 x 25 mm) and light-weight body, the HG-C distance sensor range can be mounted on the moving parts of machines.

Distance Sensor HG-C in action

Distance Sensor Technical Features

  • Measuring ranges – 30 ±5 mm, 50 ±15 mm, 100 ±35 mm, 200±80 mm, 400 ±200 mm (model specific)
  • 5ms response time
  • Supply voltage 12 to 24 VDC
  • Red class 2 semiconductor laser
  • Aluminium die-cast housing (44 mm x 25 mm x 20 mm, 35g without cable)
  • IP67 degree of protection
  • Linearity ±0.1% F.S./C°
  • NPN and PNP control output versions
  • Output operation either Light-ON or Dark-ON
  • Beam diameter 50 to 500 μm (model specific)
  • Switchable response time – high speed, standard, high precision
  • Built-in short circuit protection
  • 5 core 2 metre cable

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R2000 2-D Lidar Sensors – Sensors with Depth Perception

The R2000 range of LiDAR Sensors from Pepperl + Fuchs are equipped with innovative Pulse Ranging Technology (PRT). Built-to-last, these capable sensors have been created to provide industrial applications with reliable and extremely precise measuring and navigation abilities with gapless all-around 360° visibility even in the most demanding conditions.

Innovative Pulse Ranging Technology

Pulse Ranging Technology (PRT) provides extremely precise measurements and short response times in various ambient and object conditions, providing a highly accurate industrial-grade distance measuring system.

Detection of Small Objects

A sharp light spot in combination with a high angular resolution provides precise edge detection and detection of tiny objects from 1 mm in diameter and up, allowing you to monitor and detect with maximum precision.

All-Around 360 Degree Visibility

With a 360° measurement angle, the R2000 2-D LiDAR Sensor range offers an all-round visibility reducing the need to use multiple sensors.

Built-in Interactive Display

The interactive display provides text and graphical information, allows basic settings to be made directly on the device and diagnostic information to be displayed during operation.

A versatile LiDAR Sensor range with multiple capabilities for a wide range of industrial applications, here we take a quick look at their specifications and features.

R2000 LiDAR Sensor Range Common Specifications

  • Operating voltage 10 – 30 V
  • Scanning angle 360°
  • Diameter of light spot 25 x 105 mm at 10 M, (laser versions <20mm at 10 M), resolution 1 mm
  • Operational indicator LEDs for status updates
  • 2 Control buttons, Parameterisation indicator 24 x 252 pixels, red
  • Scan rate 10 – 50 s-1
  • Fast Ethernet interface, HTTP, TCP/IP, and UDP/IP (model dependant)
  • Connections – M12x1 4 pin (supply), M12x1 8 pin A coded (multiport), M12x1 4 pin D coded (LAN)
  • Protection rating IP65
  • UL and CCC approval
  • For all models A PACTware device type manager (DTM) is available as a download

 

OBD*OM R2000 LiDAR Switching Sensors for Demanding Field Monitoring Applications

These R2000 LiDAR Switching Sensors have been designed specifically for precise field monitoring of up to 4 fields. With 6 models in the range featuring measuring distances from 10 to 60 metres, 360° scanning angle, high angle resolution and 4 switching inputs/outputs.

These sensors typically utilise an infrared red laser light, however, the OBD10M-R2000-4EP-V1V17 model uses a visible red beam laser.  Defective pallets and protruding products can lead to collisions in high-bay warehouses, the R2000 can reliably detect small components, fragments and broken pallets, avoiding costly damage and downtime.

With a flexible measured data filter and 54k measurements per second means that these LiDAR sensors are ideal for numerous field monitoring applications.

OBD*OM R2000 2-D Field Monitoring LiDAR Sensor Features

  • Field monitoring applications – 4 fields
  • Light source – Laser diode, typically Infrared (one unit uses visible red light) class 1 laser
  • Measuring method Pulse Ranging technology (PRT)
  • Wavelength typically 905 nm (laser sensor is 660 nm), Pulse length 5 ns
  • Measuring speed 54000 measurements per second
  • Detectable shape – Almost anything

 

OMD*OM R2000 UHD (Ultra High Density) LiDAR Measuring Sensors for Complex measuring Tasks and Navigation

The R2000 UHD LiDAR Measuring Sensors provides accurate distance data in dynamic applications such as in the navigation of automated guided vehicles precisely navigating up to 100 m with reflectors as small as 40 mm. With 6 models featuring measuring ranges from 10 to 60 metres, 360° scanning angle, very high angle resolution and operating range.

This range of sensors typically utilise an infrared red laser light (the OMD10M-R2000-B23-V1V1D uses a visible red beam laser). Coupled with a flexible measured data filter and a measuring speed of 250k measurements per second make these UHD LiDAR sensors ideal for industrial navigation applications that demand high precision.

R2000 UHD 2-D LiDAR Sensor Features

  • Designed for complex measuring tasks and navigation
  • Light source – Laser diode, typically Infrared (one unit uses visible red light) class 1 laser
  • Measuring method Pulse Ranging technology (PRT)
  • Wavelength 905 nm typically, (visible laser version is 660 nm), Pulse length 5 ns
  • Measuring speed 250000 measurements per second
  • Filter – Maximum, average, median, reflectivity

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OMD**M R2000 HD (High Density) LiDAR Measuring Sensors for Object Profiling and Robotic Applications

The R2000 HD LiDAR Measuring Sensors were created for simple industrial position monitoring tasks. With 2 models featuring a 12 metre and 30 metre range respectively, 360° scanning angle, a high angle resolution and operating range.

The R2000 HD sensor is the ideal solution for robotics tasks. With 84k scan points per second and an optimised angular resolution down to 0.043°, the sensor meets the requirements of typical robotic applications.

These sensors utilise an infrared light provided by a laser diode with a PRT measuring method (Pulse Ranging Technology) coupled with a flexible measured data filter make these capable HD LiDAR Sensors ideal for general industrial position monitoring tasks.

R2000 HD 2-D LiDAR Sensor Features

  • Object profiling and robotic applications
  • Light source – Laser diode, modulated infrared light, class 1 laser
  • Measuring method Pulse Ranging technology (PRT)
  • Wavelength 905 nm, Pulse length 5 ns
  • Measuring speed 84000 measurements per second
  • Beam divergence transversal 2 mrad, longitudinal 10 mrad

 

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RFID Sensor – the SICK RFU61x, Big Ability in a Small Package

What is RFID Technology?

RFID, or Radio Frequency Identification, is a method of transferring information between two entities, these being an RFID tag that carries information and a RFID scanner or reader to decode that data. Using electromagnetic field technology, when an item adorned with an RFID tag passes a suitable scanner that information is captured, extracted, and acted upon, or not, by the control system that is interpreting the data.

RFID tags and readers do not need a line of sight to function, they merely need to pass within the detecting range of each other. RFID Sensor tags can be found in many applications, such as attached to clothing in a store, under the skin to identify pet ownership, in a car key fob or in production operations, monitoring the progress of a product through each stage of manufacture, all of them containing data that is accessible by a suitable reader.

RFID technology exists in many forms and for many purposes and SICK, world-renowned manufacturers of sensors and sensing solutions are no strangers to RFID technology, here we preview the RFU61x UHF RFID Sensor.

The RFU61x UHF RFID Sensor, Small and Powerful

The RFU61x RFID Sensor from SICK, is one of the smallest read/write device of its type on the market, ideally suited for IIoT applications involving the identification of production workpieces or components.

RFID Sensor SICK RFU61x

The diminutive stature of this RFID Sensor enables versatile application possibilities even in the most limited installation spaces, and the rugged design provides reliable operation even in demanding industrial environments.

Installation is quick and easy thanks to the integrated process logic which means data gathered by the sensor can be processed directly within the device itself, performing triggering, reading, and writing which is passed onto the control system for interpretation.

Easy to connect, the RFU61x has a wide range of interface options allowing for the direct connection of trigger sensors meaning this capable RFID Sensor can be used as a remote, self-supporting unit.

 

The RFU61x UHF RFID Sensor – Packed with Features:

  • Extremely compact design, ideal for demanding environments
  • Frequency band UHF 860 – 960 MHz (region specific)
  • Read range up to 0.5 metres (depending on transponder and ambient conditions)
  • Connection option for trigger sensors
  • Connectivity – Ethernet (TCP/IP, PoE, OPC UA), Profinet, EtherNet/IP, USB
  • Link option to PC control systems or directly to the cloud
  • Antenna and data processing integrated in the sensor
  • Configuration via SOPAS ET and/or AppSpace Software or integrated web server
  • Rugged design in accordance with IP67
  • Large range of differing region-specific radio approval versions available

RFID Sensor SICK RFU61x

Configuration and set-up can be simplified further by using the free-to-download SICK SOPAS ET software or the integrated web server which helps reduce commissioning time. The versatile SICK APPSpace software (available via a monthly licence), which can also be used with other SICK Radio Frequency Units (RFU), helps provide users with maximum flexibility when programming. The RFU61X is available in a range of radio approval variants to cater for the individual broadcasting demands of specific countries and regions.

 

Typical Fields of Application

  • Component identification on assembly lines
  • Identification of production material in machines
  • Load identification on mobile platforms
  • Material procurement in E-Kanban
  • Container identification in conveyor systems

 

RFID Sensor Technical Data

  • Supply voltage 18 to 30 VDC
  • RFID standard EPCglobal UHF Class 1 Generation 2, ISO/IEC 18000-6 C
  • Modulation – PR-ASK, Read range ≤ 0.5 m
  • Integrated antenna, adjustable transmitting power, circular polarisation
  • Housing construction – die cast aluminium
  • Dimensions (L x W x H) 92 mm x 80 mm x 38 mm
  • Optical indicators 4 LEDs, multi-colour (device status), 4 RGB LED (Process feedback)
  • Memory card type – microSD (for parameter cloning, data storage)
  • Protection class III
  • Weight 313 g

RFID Sensor SICK RFU61x

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DST20 Strain Sensors from Baumer, Measuring Heavy Strains in Miniature

What is Mechanical Strain?

Mechanical strain is the relative change in the length of a component or a structure when a stress is applied. Strain can be from the results of external forces, mechanical strain and from the effects of thermal expansion or contraction experienced during temperature changes. The indirect force measurement taken by strain sensors determines the mechanical strain experienced by the component or structure being monitored.

Strain sensors come in a wide variety of variants including wire strain gauges, bolt strain gauges, shear strain gauges, columnar strain gauges and many more besides. Where the application has a restriction of available real estate, but the potential strain could be large you will need a dependable, miniature strain gauge with the capacity to do the job well, enter the Baumer DST20 Miniature Strain Sensors.

Strain Sensing

The DST20 Miniature Strain Sensors are a compact and cost-efficient solution for measuring large forces above 10,000 N, even in areas with restricted space. A diminutive 28 x 12 x 10 mm in size, these capable miniature strain sensors provide space saving and reliability that is unmatched by any other screw-on strain sensor on the market.

With stainless-steel housings and an IP65 protection rating these strain sensors are ideally suited for use in a wide range of demanding production environments and applications, including static and dynamic applications, process automation and mechanical engineering sensing tasks.

Static and Dynamic Loads

Easy to install, the DST20 strain sensors can be integrated into an application with the minimum of engineering effort and provide a lasting solution that can replace cold bonded strain gauges in space restricted installations. The compact DST20 miniature strain sensors are suitable for static as well as dynamic applications with strain gauge technology that features a strain gauge and a strain body. The soft geometry on the inside of the sensor minimises hardening of the structure being measured and even thin structures can be monitored because of the limited reaction forces on the mounting screws.

Strain Sensors

The strain of these sensors is typically measured with an output signal of around 1.0 mV/V when they leave the factory, this eliminates the need for calibration with a separate force sensor. This allows Installation Engineers to benefit from a quick and easy commissioning coupled with a high measurement accuracy in the micrometre range.

Versatile Sensing

These versatile sensors are available in two measurement ranges – 500 and 1,000 µm/m, for different customer requirements in terms of the expected strains and permitted mechanical tension depending on the steel quality. A single sensor can be used to cover a wide range of applications, allowing customers to reduce costs and reduce the need for additional storage space.

With the DST20 strain sensor range Baumer has rounded off its strong portfolio of force and strain sensors so customers can optimise their process safety and quality where the smallest dimensions matter.

Get all your Baumer Strain Sensors from Kempston Controls today! Our friendly sales team are on hand to take your call, you can get through to them on +44 (0) 1933 411 411 or email sales@kempstoncontrols.co.uk, or use the ‘contact us’ link above.

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EX-Z Series Photoelectric Sensors – Small is Beautiful

Photoelectric Sensors come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes and variants including reflective and through beam all of which essentially perform the same purpose, the detection of objects crossing the path of the beam which then leads to a given response from the control system. This could be an alarm if an item is missing or a signal triggering another function of an automation and control process.

Big Things Come In Small Packages

For your average industrial installation there will typically be a suitable photoelectric sensor available, but when the application is very restricted in terms of available real estate, then you will need to look beyond the average sensor offering. The biggest challenge when designing and manufacturing miniaturised industrial photoelectric sensors is combining both the optical and electronic components into one housing, which as you can imagine is a complex engineering solution. Panasonic, with decades of experience with electronic design and miniaturisation were the obvious candidates to develop and manufacture a high-performance range of diminutive photoelectric sensors.

With a width of only 3mm, the EX-Z Series of Miniature Thru-beam Photoelectric Sensors is one of the smallest in the world that also contains a built-in amplifier making them ideal for mounting in tight spaces. This small but mighty range of miniature photoelectric sensors are not only small but have been designed to detect even the smallest objects with a fast response time and with the highest precision. The EX-Z series is especially suited to precise object detection within a limited and challenging installation space. Even though the housing of the sensor is only 3mm deep it contains all the essential technical elements, such as optics, electronics, indicator LEDs, and transistor output. A 2-metre cable is built-in as standard with special lengths being available upon request.

Packed with Technology

EX-Z Series - 3mm in width, fingertip sized!Although small in stature these Miniature Through-beam Photoelectric Sensors pack a powerful punch, with the ability to detect objects as small as 0.3 mm diameter without the use of an optional slit and identify objects as small as 1 mm in diameter at up to 500 mm distance (depending on the chosen model), a world class achievement among self-contained miniature photoelectric sensors. The low power consumption of these detection sensors makes them appealing to many industries and coupled with IP67 protection and their excellent vibration and shock resistance the EX-Z series is ideally suited for use in challenging and harsh industrial automation and control environments. Supplied as an emitter and a receiver pair. 3 stainless steel mounting brackets are also available separately along with a polyacetal spacer for through wall sensing, providing numerous mounting and installation options.

 

EX-Z Photoelectric Sensors Key Features

  • Miniature Thru-beam Photoelectric Sensor with built-in amplifier
  • Slim 3mm design – including optics, electronics, indicator LEDs, and transistor output
  • Front and side sensing types, sensing range 50, 200, 500 mm (model dependant)
  • NPN and PNP output versions available
  • Response time 0.5 ms or less
  • Detects objects with a diameter of as little as 0.3mm (EX-Z11 Version)
  • Built-in short circuit protection
  • Light-ON, Dark-ON types available
  • Voltage rating 12 to 24 Vdc
  • Typical dimensions 14 x 8 x 3mm (front sensing type)
  • Clearly visible LED spotlight, 650 nm
  • Built in LED indicator lights
  • Robust PBT enclosure, Polycarbonate lens, 2 metre cable
  • Protection rating IP67
  • Robot-cable version option
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