EC: TM18 Photoelectric Sensor
Machine and embedded control – Discrete sensors: The TM18 is a compact photoelectric sensor from Banner Engineering that features metal housing for superior durability and resistance in harsh sensing environments. This is a Control Engineering 2012 Engineers’ Choice honorable mention.
The TM18 photoelectric sensor from Banner Engineering features a nickel-plated, die-cast zinc metal housing, as well as completely epoxy-encapsulated electronics. Rated IP69K, the TM18 provides superior durability and resistance in harsh sensing environments, especially in high-pressure wash-down applications. With a compact, right-angle shape; an 18mm threaded barrel mount; and integral all-metal M12 quick disconnect, the TM18 sensor fits in tight places and avoids sensor damage during machine assembly, transport, maintenance, and operation.
The TM18 is unique because it goes beyond a compact shape and hygienic design. The mechanically robust sensor is designed for heavy-duty customers with its all-metal, one-piece design. Additionally, it offers users improved immunity to electromagnetic noise and enhanced immunity fluorescent lamps ensuring reliable sensing performance in diverse applications. In addition to a robust housing, the TM18 is also available in visible red-emitter LED models offering opposed, polarized retroreflective, diffuse, and fixed-field (background suppression) modes, allowing it to easily align to the desired target. This extends the sensor’s operating capability, making it ideal for sensing on conveyors in heavy-duty machine settings, automotive machining and production equipment, off-road and outdoor equipment, or in high-traffic areas where the sensor could be bumped or stepped on.
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