The FX-500 is a highly advanced digital fiber sensor with high end features and a class leading stability and performance. An exclusive detection ASIC, designed specifically for the FX-500, is capable of processing ultra high-speed calculations while offering a long sensing range. Due to the impressive capabilities of this sensor, high precision detections can now be carried out where they were previously not possible. The FX-500 is capable of high-speed detections with a response time up to 25µs.
A highly visibility dual digital display allows for simultaneous viewing of the threshold and incident light values for quick and effective setup and usage. The display is large, bright, and has a wide viewing angle for easily reading values from a distance. Teaching the amplifier is now done through the RUN mode of the amplifier, simplifying the setup process down to two presses of the 'set' button. The user can also directly change the threshold value using the '+' and '-' buttons.
A new line of precision fiber optics are available that are designed to provide added stability to the FX-500 amplifier by diminishing part to part variance in intensity and fiber positioning. Each FX-500 unit is calibrated at the factory off a standard target to ensure that its digital value is constantly controlled, thus suppressing differences between amplifiers. When combined with our new super quality fibers, stability is maximized to ensure constant performance. This is critical in applications where any variations may cause false or non-detections. The new HYPR mode that is incorporated in the FX-500 series allows for vastly increased detection distances with gains of up to 5.6x longer then the FX-301.
Small, Smaller, the Smallest: Ultra Miniature Photoelectric Sensor, Only a Third of the Size of a Stamp
For this type of application, Panasonic offers the EX-10S series. The EX-10S detects even the smallest mechanical parts such as needles, nozzles, tubes, or cannulas accurately. The optical technology allows to detect even tiny parts reliably without touching them, which ensures a high quality in the production process over the long run.
Both the electronic parts and different color LEDs for indicating the signal state fit into the ultra miniature sensor. With its compact dimensions and a depth of only 3.5mm, the sensor's size is only a third of that of a stamp. The small design lends itself to all applications with very limited space. In addition, due to its very narrow beam it is possible to mount the sensors from this series closer together than the predecessor.
The sensors are equipped with special optics. Depending on the sensor type, objects with a diameter of only 0.5 mm can be detected at a distance of up to one meter. The small weight of only a few grams makes it possible to mount the sensor on moving machine parts, for example a conveyor or a gripper.
Features of the EX-10S:
- Miniaturized design for narrow spaces
- Compact dimensions 14.5 x 10 x 3.5 mm (H x L x W)
- Robust plastic housing (IP67)
- Up to 1 meter sensing range
- Detection of objects with a diameter of just 0.5 mm
Static ionizers are an important part of any static control program as an efficient, non-contact method of removing surface charges that otherwise would damage sensitive electronics or allow dust to adhere to a product. However, there are two main operating factors that can cause waste, and thus increase the operating cost of using this solution:
Air Consumption - Static Ionizers require a source of compressed air in order to effectively and quickly remove static charges. Using an excess amount of compressed air is costly and should be minimized as much as possible.
Discharge Needle Wear - The discharge needles that are used in ionization systems are a consumable product. They typically have a usable life of around 10,000 hours before they need to be replaced. By keeping the ionizer active at all times, you will accelerate the end-of-life for these components, rather then use them on an as needed basis.
SUNX has created an ionizer lineup that strikes a balance between effectiveness and efficiency by including advanced features that will help minimize the resources that are used. The ER-V series, for example, has an input built-in to externally control the ion discharge of the unit. This makes it possible to only activate the ion production when it is needed. By using the ionizer product along side other SUNX sensors, such as the EF-S1 static sensor and CX-400 photoelectric sensor, it is possible to create a closed loop system without the need for any extensive PLC programming. To do so, you would use the following steps:
Step 1 - Use a CX-400 series photoelectric sensor to detect the presence of the target that needs to be ionized.
Step 2 - The output of the CX-400 sensor would activate the trigger input on the EF-S1 static sensor to perform a measurement of the static level on the part. If the surface static is outside of a preset window threshold, the sensor's output will activate the ER-V ion discharge as well as a small solenoid valve to begin airflow.
Step 3 - Once the surface charge is dissipated, the output turns off allowing the process to continue on to the next part while cutting off the air flow to the ionizer as well as halting the ion discharge until the next part advances into position.
In this example, the EF-S1 static sensor controls the process by determining the static level only when there is an object present. The single output of the EF-S1 sensor provides the only feedback that a PLC needs in order to stop and start the motion in the process. The ionizer and air supply are only used if there is an abnormal static condition present, thus saving the discharge needle and air consumption in the process.
When using inductive proximity sensors for a control application, it is common to choose a 3-wire DC prox that has a dedicated NPN or PNP control output and bring the output into a PLC input. Choosing between polarities means determining how the common is wired and selecting accordingly. However, if there is an issue with the sensor, and your machines are a mix between NPN and PNP sensors, you'll need to keep a few of each type on hand as spares to prevent a line-down situation.
Instead of having the control output as a separate circuit than the power circuit, the 2-wire solution puts everything in parallel, which essentially consolidates the circuitry into one loop. Figure 1 shows a typical 3-wire PNP circuit. As you can see, the output wire is specific in its polarity so that it will only function on with a 0V common. The power to the sensor is separate from the output circuit. In figure 2, we see the circuit diagram for the 2-wire variation. The output operation is along the two power wires in the form of a voltage drop, thus making the sensor free to work with either polarity on the common.
Because of this, you can use the 2-wire sensor to replace both the NPN and PNP 3-wire models, depending on the way you wire it up. Replacing a three wire sensor is as simple as following the flow of current. Being that in this example you are replacing a PNP, or current sourcing, sensor, you are connecting to an input that has a 0V common. Connecting the 2-wire sensor can be done by merely connecting the blue wire to the input and the brown wire to the 24V source.
The process is the same for replacing a NPN 3-wire sensor. In this case you would just connect the brown wire to the input and the blue wire to the ground of your power supply. Not only do you have one less wire to install, you have one solution that will work equally as well as both types of 3-wire sensors. This greatly simplifies the usage and replacement of inductive proximity sensors across all applications.
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Classics & Full Inox miniature sensors are IO-Link enabled in PNP NO versions. Available in plain and threaded sizes from Ø 3 to M5 and as a 5 mm square-section type, Miniature range inductive sensors are ideal for applications where space is limited, including tool-selection, robotic position-sensing and control of micro-mechanisms. Extremely robust, thanks to chip-scale package (CSP) technology, a glass-fiber reinforced substrate