ifm optical fork and angle sensors
ifm introduces a new line of optical fork and angle sensors with a transmitter and a receiver in one housing. ifm's new sensors offer a one-piece fixed-distance design, eliminating the time-consuming alignment of a separate transmitter and receiver, company says.
ifm introduces a new line of optical fork and angle sensors with a transmitter and a receiver in one housing. ifm's new sensors offer a one-piece fixed-distance design, eliminating the time-consuming alignment of a separate transmitter and receiver, company says. This positioning provides quick and accurate sensor alignment. Fork housings are available with slot widths ranging from 10 mm up to 120 mm. Angle widths available in 60 mm and 100 mm.The sensor's robust metal housing resists distortion that can occur with conventional plastic fork sensors. A visible red light beam across the slot width assists in setup. The sensitivity is easily adjusted via a potentiometer. Light-on / dark-on mode is selectable via rotary switch for application flexibility. Integrated through holes enable quick mounting without the need for brackets.
ifm's fork and angle sensors offer a flexible solution for a broad range of packaging and material handling applications. Typical applications include: part detection on conveyors, rails and belts; detection of object edges and protruding features; gear teeth detection and counting; component position verification, orientation
and dimensions; monitoring container fill levels; label detection and hole detection; and tool break monitoring
The Micro DC units are rated IP 67 and are short circuit and overload protected.
- Edited by Mark T. Hoske, editor in chief, Control Engineering www.controleng.com
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