New and extensive fork photoelectric sensor product range for object detection
Even faster and more precise – the new fork sensors of the GS 04B/GS 08B series
In industry, fork sensors are used in applications where small parts must be detected or where object positions must be detected quickly, precisely and irrespective of the surface structure of the object. Sensors of this design combine transmitter and receiver in a single device, thereby enabling easy mounting without alignment as well as offering high operational safety.
High switching frequencies and quick reaction times enable optimum integration of these sensors in high-speed automation processes.
With the new fork sensors of the GS 04B/GS 08B series (stainless steel), we are offering our customers from a broad range of industries, for example mounting/handling technology and packaging, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, a new and even more extensive product range. As a result, Leuze is setting new standards when it comes to speed, precision and technical highlights.
Product range also available in stainless steel
In the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries as well as the food and beverage industry, sensor systems must meet strict requirements regarding hygiene and resistance to cleaning agents. The fork photoelectric sensors of the GS(L) 08B series offer a robust, resilient V4A stainless steel housing that is suitable for use in clean rooms, ECOLAB certified, and has a high degree of protection IP67. These stainless steel fork sensors can therefore withstand intensive cleaning cycles without problems.
The new fork photoelectric sensors of the GS 04B/GS 08B series feature an innovative dual operating concept: Depending on the customer preference, all sensor functions can be configured via IO-Link or a simple, manual sensitivity adjustment can be carried out via potentiometer.
IO-Link can be used to implement innovative machine concepts with remote maintenance, diagnosis or sensor configuration.
Fork widths for every application
With 14 different fork widths between 5 mm and 220 mm, a broad range of applications can be solved using the new fork photoelectric sensor product range of the GS 04B series. Customers from many different industries, for example mounting/handling technology and packaging, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, invariably find the appropriate size for detecting small parts in the mm range and for monitoring bottlenecks and feeding – even in constrained spaces. A fork width of 220 mm is also available for large components.
The large number of available fork widths means that there are unlimited options in terms of creating a flexible machine design. Sensitivity adjustment and light/dark switching mean that the fork photoelectric sensors can be used in different areas.
Four different sensor modes via IO-Link
Each application has different requirements that must be met by the sensor – "Speed" or "Precision," "Standard" or "Power," we offer a sensor configuration to suit every scenario. Easily adjustable via IO-Link:
- "Standard" sensor mode: Switching frequency 5,000 Hz, reproducibility 0.02/0.01 mm
- "Precision" sensor mode: Resolution improved by 30% to enable detection of extremely small objects
- "Power" sensor mode: Increased transmitting power and therefore increased function reserve for better insensitivity to soiling
- "Speed" sensor mode: For the reliable detection of fast-moving parts in high-speed applications with a switching frequency of up to 10,000 Hz